6 Simple Solutions for Small Exterior Windows

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6 Simple Solutions for Small Exterior Windows

Small exterior windows can be a thing… one that’s tricky to deal with.  The windows look fine from the inside; however on the outside they appear way too small.  We have come up with 6 simple solutions for small exterior windows. Luckily, this is a fixable problem without cutting into your walls or replacing your windows!

There are solutions to small exterior windows to trick the eye…

Solution #1.  Window Trim:

Add additional window trim around the outside of the window.  There are different varieties from large and ornate to more simple and square.  This is an easy fix that will give the appearance of larger windows.


Solution #2.  Shutters:

Shutters are a gorgeous way to add umph to a small window.  Real shutters, or those that appear real, are a wonderful way to add style, beauty, and enlarge smaller windows.  There are different types of  shutters for every style architecture!


Solution #3.  Flower Boxes:

Flower boxes add length to a short window.  Window boxes with large corbels are even better! With color and style, they can be just the thing to create a cohesive look; however, flower boxes aren’t for every type of house design.  If flower boxes work with your windows, it’s critical you do them correctly!  Just like shutters, they should fit the window width. 


Solution #4.  Horizontal Muntins:

Just like they say, horizontal stripes make you look wider and horizontal make you look leaner!  Same on your house.  Check out how these horizontal muntins make the windows appear wider.  They are the exact same size widows but the muntins have the ability to change the look.


Solution #5.  Cut back or add appropriate foliage in front of the window:

Bushes, trees, foliage in front of a window obstruct the view and make the window appear smaller.  Look out your windows, if there are low hanging tree branches or overgrown hedges, that prevent light from entering the room, cut them back to not block the window. On the other hand, sometimes foliage is needed to take space on a blank wall.  If that’s the case, plant flowers to take up space below a small window area.


Solution #6.  Draw All Attention to the Doorway:

When in doubt, draw all eyes to your beautiful doorway.  This can be done with color, your walkway, or porch.  Instead of drawing attention to your windows by making them appear larger, just accept the fact they are small and really jazz up your doorway.  

Windows are like the eyes to the house.  You want them to be beautiful; however, if your window size is a factor then you’re not alone and there are feasible solutions that don’t involve cutting into walls or spending a fortune! At brick&batten we see this problem everyday and most of the time it’s just a matter of tricking the eye!