When choosing new windows, even a seemingly small architectural element like a divided light pattern
can have a significant effect on the overall character of a home’s façade.
“Your architectural style will usually determine which grille pattern to use,” McDowell says. “For example: on a traditional Colonial it’s common to see a Double hung
window with a busier grille pattern that has nine panes on both the upper and lower sash. Windows on a craftsman or bungalow may have a grille pattern on the top sash while the bottom sash is clear. Many mid-century modern homes
have huge glass windows with very little in terms of divided lights. When in doubt, go simple.”
Sometimes, simply changing the color of windows and doors can have an enormous overall effect. In the past, homeowners often had two color choices—white or beige—but that’s certainly not the case now. The Marvin Ultimate line
of windows and doors has 19 low maintenance exterior colors to choose from and has custom color options to match any design plan. And, any given door or window doesn’t even need to be the same color. Mixing and matching
finishes has become a popular design trend.