Quintessential Windows for Different Architectural Styles

In most home styles, windows are architecturally significant. If your window design doesn’t historically match your home, something would look wrong from the street.

Different Architectural Styles

To choose the units that accent your home’s character, Renewal by Andersen® of Orange County shares the architectural styles these replacement windows are emblematic of:

Double Hung

The double hung is the window choice of most traditional homes in America. It’s an iconic feature of Georgian-, Federal-, and Mission Revival-style homes. These architectural movements generally feature double hung units with crisscross grilles. Capes also use the double hung but of cottage-style, which refers to two sashes of different heights. American bungalows are also big on double hung windows except they favor a more simplistic 2-over-2 grille pattern.


Some traditional architectural styles like casement windows over double hung units. The most popular users of the casement are Spanish Colonial and French Eclectic homes. The only difference is that the former usually employ a pair of casements hinged on the sides without a stile in the center, whereas the latter just use standalone crank units.


Although virtually any home style these days features bay windows, they’re quintessentially a Victorian accent. Any architecture related to the Victorian, like the Queen Anne, should boast a bay in the front façade for impressive curb appeal.

Bays usually come with operating flankers. We recommend you use double hung windows over casement units to stay consistent with Victorian architecture.


Contemporary home designs are almost never without expansive glass units for daylighting and outdoor viewing. Industrial, International, and Miesian Modern styles all call for panoramic, floor-to-ceiling picture windows.

While outfitting your home with the right units is vital for attractive curb appeal, selecting the right window style alone wouldn’t suffice. You need to get every detail correct to achieve historical accuracy. Furthermore, ignoring the tradition is sometimes necessary when function doesn’t reconcile with form.

At Renewal by Andersen of Orange County, we offer a host of customization options to tailor your window design to your unique needs. From colors to grilles, we bring your desired units to life. To schedule your FREE in-home consultation in Orange County, CA, call us today at (949) 216-7711.