Window joinery has an important function not only in terms of functionality, but also in terms of the aesthetics of the building. Choosing the right type of joinery, shape, colour and detailing can make a significant difference to the overall look and feel of a building. In this article, we will look at how to match window joinery to the style of the building to create a harmonious and cohesive whole.
Building architecture and style
The first step when matching window joinery is to analyse the architecture and style of the building. Each architectural style has its own distinctive features and elements that can be taken into account when choosing joinery. For example, classical style buildings, such as neo-classical or renaissance, often have rich ornamentation and proportions, so in such cases it is worth considering joinery with elegant details and patterns. Conversely, for modern minimalist architecture, simple lines and large glazing may be more appropriate.
Did you know that it is for this reason that in the case of historic buildings, the replacement of windows may be more strictly regulated due to the protection of the historic character and architectural values of such buildings? In most cases, it is necessary to obtain the appropriate permission or consent from the relevant authorities that monitor and protect historic buildings.
Fortunately, this problem does not apply to private buildings and the style you decide on is entirely up to you. You can opt for eclectic solutions and try a combination of different solutions.
Materials and finishes
The choice of window joinery materials and finishes is important when matching the style of the building. For traditional style buildings, such as historic buildings or farmhouses, timber joinery can introduce a warm and rustic feel. Whereas for modern style buildings, aluminium or PVC joinery with a minimalist finish can give a modern and elegant look. It is also important to choose a colour for the joinery that harmonises with the building’s façade and the overall composition.
Choosing a window joinery material
Choosing the right window joinery material is crucial to match the style of the building. There are three common materials used in window joinery: timber, aluminium and PVC. Each has its own characteristics and features that affect the look and style of the building.
Wooden window joinery is often chosen for buildings with a traditional or rustic style. Wood gives a warm and natural look and its natural patterns and colours add to the charm. Wood joinery can be adapted to suit a variety of styles by being painted or varnished in matching colours.
Aluminium joinery is commonly used in buildings with a modern and minimalist design. Aluminium is strong, lightweight and allows the creation of slender window frames, which is characteristic of modern architecture. In addition, aluminium window frames are available in a wide range of colours and finishes to suit a variety of building styles.
UPVC joinery is a popular choice due to its durability, ease of maintenance and good value for money. PVC is a flexible material that can be moulded into a variety of shapes and styles. With a wide range of colours and the ability to imitate the look of wood, PVC joinery can be adapted to suit a variety of building styles.
When choosing a window joinery material, it is important to consider not only the style of the building, but also factors such as durability, thermal insulation, weather resistance and ease of maintenance.
Shape and proportions
The shape and proportions of window frames should be well suited to the architecture of the building. For large scale buildings with high elevations, large panoramic windows or arcade windows will work well to emphasise their imposing character. Conversely, for smaller buildings, consider smaller windows with simple shapes that maintain a balance of proportion and harmony.
Details and ornamentation
For gothic or baroque style buildings, arches, gothic masquerades or carvings may be characteristic. In this case, consider joinery with arched lintels or decorative panels. For the Renaissance style, on the other hand, ornate cornices or columns can be the perfect complement to joinery. A well-chosen decorative detail can give a building a unique character and emphasise its architectural style.
The choice of the type of glazing in window joinery can also influence the style of a building. Limited glazing in joinery can give a more traditional and closed character, while large glazing can introduce modernity and space. It is also important to consider the functionality of the glazing, such as access to daylight, views from the windows and energy efficiency.
Consult a professional
Matching window frames to the style of a building can be a daunting task, so it is advisable to use a professional such as an architect or interior designer. A person with experience and knowledge will help to carefully analyse the style of the building, select the right solutions and ensure design consistency.
Matching window joinery to the style of the building is key to creating a harmonious and coherent composition. Analysis of the architecture, consideration of materials, finishes, shapes, proportions, details and glazing are essential to achieve the desired aesthetic effect.
For best results, it is advisable to consult with a professional who can help you match the joinery exactly to the style of the building. Remember that window joinery not only plays a practical role, but is also an important visual element that adds character and expression to a building.