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Decorative Windows: What are Your Options?

Decorative windows are great for anyone looking to add some personality to their home. As well as being decorative, some styles can also act as a way of preventing anyone from looking into your property. We’re going to take you through all of your options when looking for decorative windows.


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Decorative windows

Decorative windows are a great way to add a personal touch to your home and come in many different styles:

  • Stained
  • Etched
  • Bevelled

Etched windows

Frosted glass is typically used to obscure vision into a house or room. When etched, frosted glass can display a decorative pattern or image. To create the pattern, tiny cuts are made into the glass – if you want a specific design, it will need to be commissioned which will increase costs. Etched windows are commonly found in office spaces to display a company logo.

Bevelled windows

Bevelled glass is a great way to turn a plain window into a decorative addition to your property. Rather than a smooth pane of glass, bevelled windows have angled edges shaped to create diamonds, teardrops or any other shape. Bevelled windows also allow more light into your home as the edges both reflect and refract the light that passes through.

Stained windows

Stained glass windows are most commonly seen in churches but they’re also a decorative window option for your home. Stained glass windows have been coloured, through the addition of metallic salts during the manufacturing process. As a result, they’re a great way to make the outside and inside of your home more colourful. The stained glass could be anything from a single colour right up to a detailed artwork like you might see in a church.

Stained glass windows can also be known as coloured windows but this could refer to the frames as well as the glass. Nowadays, window frames are available in a range of styles and colours, giving you great flexibility when it comes to having new windows installed.

What are obscure glass windows?

For some rooms, particularly bathrooms, you might want to prevent the ability for anyone to see through the glass. In these cases, you’ll be needing obscure glass windows. There are several ways that visibility can be obscured, such as adding a frosting, reflector, texture or tinting to the window.

Frosted windows can be seen through but everything on the other side is given a frosty or blurry appearance.

Reflective windows are mirrored on the outside, making it impossible to see inside. Despite this, they’re only reflective on one side so you will still be able to see out.

As well as obscuring anyone from looking in, you won’t be able to see out so you’ll need to factor this into your considerations.


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Decorative window frames

As well as decorative glass, you could put some personality into the window frames too. There are several window frame materials that are available in a range of colours and styles. Decorative window frame materials include:

  • Aluminium offers the most sleek and modern finish and as with other materials can be painted in a range of colours.
  • Composite window frames are a combination of other materials, including aluminium and timber. This makes it a strong and durable material. On the outside they have an aluminium appearance, which internally the wood can be stained, lacquered or painted to suit your home.
  • Timber is the traditional option that is arguably lost with more modern materials and can be painted to suit your personal tastes.
  • uPVC is the most popular and affordable window frame option. It typically has a white plastic appearance but is available in a range of colours and styles – they can even be made to look like timber.

Each material has its own benefits and one is likely to be more suited to your property than another.

How much do decorative windows cost?

Decorative window costs will vary depending on the size of the window, complexity of the design and the type of glass. The most affordable decorative windows will be already designed and could cost a few hundred pounds. However, if you’re having an original design commissioned, then this could potentially cost between £1,000 and £10,000.

In addition to the cost of the window itself, you will also need to factor in the installation.

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