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Best Windows for Victorian Style Homes

4/3/2015 7:42:50 AM

The Victorian style got its name from Queen Victoria, whose rule roughly corresponds to the era when these homes were most popular (1830s to early 1900s). The industrial revolution spurred the change in architectural styles from Classical to more ornate details. For the first time, it became possible to adorn homes on a grand scale, and people ran with the idea.

Victorian homes have a very medieval or gothic feel to them. An individual property often displays an array of styles. A few defining features of Victorian homes include:

  • Steeply pitched roofs of irregular shapes
  • Dominant front-facing gable roof
  • Textured shingles
  • Multiple types of siding
  • Asymmetrical façade
  • Partial or full-width porch, typically one story high
  • Towers and turrets
  • Overhangs and wall projections

Best Window Shapes for Victorian Style Homes

Bay and bow: Wall surfaces serve as decorative elements in Victorian homes, so one way to add interest is with bay and bow windows. These protrude beyond the foundation and create visual appeal both inside and outside the home.

Rectangular: Functional windows most often come in this basic window shape.

Arched: Windows with rounded tops dominate Victorian style homes.

Specialty: Oval, round, half-circle, eyebrow – the list goes on. Special window shapes only further the decorative appearance of a wall, which is what Victorian homes are all about. Half eyebrow dormers and horizontal oval windows called cameo windows are particularly popular Victorian style specialty windows.
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Best Window Styles for Victorian Style Homes

  • Double-hung: Panes that slide up and down are most commonly found in homes of this style. Double-hung windows most often come in pairs or sets of three divided by mullions.
  • Casement: Windows that swing out along hinges on the right or left side are common in Victorian homes.
  • Picture: This type of window doesn’t provide ventilation. It’s there purely for the view.
  • Transoms: A narrow window above a primary window or door is called a transom. It lets in more light but doesn’t operate to let a breeze enter.
Other choices include:
  • Decorative muntins: Strips of wood separating a window pane are called muntins. In Victorian homes, they are most often found dividing a window’s upper sash while the lower sash remains untouched.
  • Leaded glass: Similar to muntins, leaded glass describes a window with divided panes. However, lead is more decorative and often creates a picture, sometimes with colored panes to create a stained glass look.
  • Patterned glass: The intent of using patterned glass is to let light in while obscuring the view from inside. In Victorian residences, this window style is most often used in bathrooms and basement windows.

Best Window Materials for Victorian Style Homes

Wood: Any classic style of home, including Victorian, fits best with this classic material.

Aluminum-clad: The aluminum is durable and low-maintenance while the wood cladding adds a natural aesthetic to Victorian style homes.


Recommended Window Finishes & Colors

Earth tones: Traditional Victorian homes are dark earth colors, such as sienna, burnt yellow, burgundy, forest green and brown. These colors are appropriate for exterior window trim.

Brighter colors: Queen Anne homes, which sprung up during the Victorian era, are usually painted in striking colors such as soft pink, baby blue, bright green and sunshine yellow. The trim is often white or cream on more brightly colored homes.

Stained wood: Interior window trim in Victorian homes is often maple or oak with darker stains such as russet or cinnamon.

Sample finishes include:

Standard Colors

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