Windows can have a huge effect on the look and feel of any room. By letting in more or less sunlight, by being shaped to fit with the rest of your décor, and by coordinating in color or texture with your interior design, custom windows can take a room from ordinary to beautiful. If you're looking to enhance your home's interior or improve its curb appeal, there are many ways that your windows can help.

Window Groupings

Large windows have some advantages – they let in a lot of light, can make a room feel more spacious, and can give an unobstructed view of the outside scenery. But they're not the right fit for every room. Especially for small rooms or rooms with a lot of detail, a single large window can easily overwhelm the rest of the décor. And if the outside view is less than gorgeous, it might not be what you want in a focal point.

Grouping together multiple windows side-by-side is an alternative choice with some pretty good advantages of its own. By incorporating more trim and frame than a single window, more attention is focused on the interior design than a too-ordinary outside view. And you can still get large amounts of natural light into your room, which enhances almost any décor.

Precise Placement

With the ability to choose exactly how big a window you want and where it should go, there are few spaces too small for a little window to brighten them up. Whether it's a high art-glass privacy window for a closet-sized bathroom or a porthole peeking out between the shelves of a wall-to-wall bookcase, even small accent windows can open up an area by connecting it with the outside world.

Floor-to-Ceiling Glass

An alternative to side-by-side window groupings is to have windows that go from the floor to the ceiling. Tall windows with small arched sections on top are a common choice, and rectangular windows with matching transoms can extend your lighting up to the ceiling. But you don't have to stop there – imagine a pair of bay windows with transoms reaching the ceiling, which is then opened up with skylights. It could make for an incredible view from many angles.

Interior Details and Exterior Façade

Choosing or designing windows to match your décor is more than size and shape – there are also many options for color and texture in window frames. Looking at the overall colors and materials in a room will give you an idea of what frames would match – the sky's the limit.

And just like the frame and shape of a window can be designed to match interior details, custom windows can be chosen to match well with the exterior of a home. Generally, it's best to choose trim that coordinates and matches. For instance, a house with white siding would look bland with "coordinating" white windows, but pale blue frames can combine with pale blue doors, planters, or other accessories on that same house.

To match both the exterior and interior of your home, one technique is to choose a more neutral shape that looks nice from the outside as well as the inside, and then use a different finish on each side of the window frame to ensure they coordinate with their surroundings.