Home Design with a Purpose: Top Tips to Add Contemporary Style to Your Home

Home Design with a Purpose: Top Tips to Add Contemporary Style to Your Home
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    Modern life today is less about compartments of time spent in certain tasks – work, play, etc. – and more about following the flow of life.

    As the pace of our lives shifts to reflect this, the functions in our homes are also changing to support all facets of our lives.


Contemporary home design principles have evolved to reflect this – rather than taking its cues from historic procedures or precedent, contemporary home design is rooted in the belief that a home should be a “machine for the living.”

Much like smart phones are designed with multiple utilities within a single device, no opportunity for functionality is overlooked with a contemporary home design, including windows. Every aspect of the building materials is considered for how it contributes to a design that can support how you want to live in your home today and years into the future.

Windows play a pivotal role in this design philosophy. Visible from both inside and out, the size, the placement and function of each window defines a home for its inhabitants, guests and the community. It also contributes to the evolving functionality of spaces within a structure. Some guidelines for any new build or remodel that bring contemporary sensibility to your home’s overall style include:

1. Deliver light as far into the space as possible

When utilized correctly, the constantly changing light that flows through windows can transform an interior. Balancing the placement of windows to deliver natural light as far into a built structure accomplishes one of the primary principles of contemporary design: serve a utilitarian purpose, not a decorative one.

2. Promote indoor air quality

Proper ventilation for a home goes beyond opening a window or two. Stacked ventilation, for example, utilizes roof windows in combination with wall windows, creating updrafts that funnel warm air outdoors and away from living areas. Interior window openings can help channel fresh air to a home’s more remote locations.

3. Minimize ornamentation to maximize impact

With the right positioning, spectacular scenery can become the focus of a room, even the focus of a home. Whether as a huge picture window or a perfectly aligned group of smaller windows, this reinforces a home’s connection to its surroundings and is commonly referred to as managing the view.

4. Erase the divide between interior and exterior

Walls of windows or patio doors can help connect the interior of a home with the immediate surroundings. Thresholds are minimized, rooflines blend into tree lines, and outdoor spaces become your expanded living space.

5. Get that contemporary style

Knowing which windows match a contemporary style is key to achieving that contemporary look. To that end, this free site connects home styles and the proper windows based on architectural need: https://www.andersenwindows.com/home-styles/#industrial-modern

There’s a simple elegance in the brilliance of contemporary design principles: rather than dictating how you live, a contemporary home’s open spaces and clean lines are really a blank canvas ready for you to define your own vision for a life well lived.

With more than 30 years of experience in product design and design research, Jay Libby is the Creative Services Manager at Andersen Windows.

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