A garden window is a type of projection window, similar to a bay window, with a sloping glass top that allows as much sunlight as possible. Many homeowners are not sure how to style garden windows. In this blog, patio doors and replacement windows contractor Renewal by Andersen® of Central Pennsylvania shares ideas for how to style your garden windows.
Grow Outdoor Plants Indoors
Most traditionally “outdoor” plants need lots of sunlight to grow. Garden windows give you freedom to grow outdoor plants inside your home, like sunflowers and orchids, without worrying about depriving them of sunlight.
Another type of plant that needs lots of sunlight is cooking herbs, such as basil, mint and oregano. These herbs are indispensable to preparing pasta, soups and salads, and can be difficult to grow indoors. Some homeowners have been known to keep their potted herbs on their patio, right outside hinged French doors. Garden windows let you have an indoor herb garden that is conveniently within an arm’s reach. Well-nourished herbs are self-replenishing, and may even save you a few dollars of grocery money every month.
Garden windows are not all about plants, of course. You can use your garden window to display various types of small items, such as knickknacks, pewter figurines or perhaps a fruit bowl. You have to remember that sunlight can fade fabrics and painted surfaces. Therefore, items such as framed photos and valuable painted items are unsuitable for garden windows.
If you intend to preserve the items in your garden window, consider investing in custom windows that feature glass with low-emissivity coatings, such as our High Performance™ Low-E4® glass packages. Low-emissivity (“Low-E”) coatings selectively block UV rays and solar heat, while letting visible light pass through like clear glass does. This means you can display items in your garden windows that would otherwise get damaged by heat or UV rays.
Renewal by Andersen of Central Pennsylvania is your leading provider of custom replacement windows and sliding contemporary doors. Give us a call at (717) 591-4900 or fill out our contact form. We serve customers in Reading and State College, PA.