Light entering a kitchen through the window

Adding natural light without a window- Is that possible?

Although windows are only installed on exterior walls, you can let more natural, ambient light into the kitchen by opening up a wall or part of a wall to an adjacent room. Creating a look-through, pass-through, or even a countertop/serving area allows light to spill from one room to another. Couple this type of light increase with new or additional fixtures and your kitchen can look like those kitchens you see in magazines and showrooms.

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Kitchen windows that radiate a lot of heat

Drawing In Natural Light: Upgrading Your Windows

Don’t forget you have a second lighting option- natural light. Windows work to your advantage by providing as much natural light as possible. 

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A pretty kitchen door with decorative window film

Tips and tricks to installing window film

Applying window film isn’t rocket science, but you must follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully and be patient! Here are a few tips that will hopefully make the installation process go smoothly:

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A cozy kitchen with windows protected by decorative window film

Protecting your interior with window film

If you’re not upgrading your kitchen windows, you can still upgrade the protection capabilities of your old windows by applying window film to the interior side of the window glass. The advantages of applying window-tinting film include blocking visible light rays (the ones that heat up a room) and screening the invisible or ultra-violet rays (the ones that cause furniture, drapes, and other items to fade). Filtering out sun rays also reduces glare in the room, putting less strain on your eyes. Note: All types of interior window films sold in most home centers are compatible with residential windows and should not effect a window’s warranty.

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A kitchen window with a decorative valance

Sprucing up the windows you have

Even if you can’t afford to include new windows in your kitchen remodel, rejuvenate your existing windows to let in more light and do away with the old, worn look. Now’s the time to sand and re-stain the wood frame and mull centers (the wood strips separating windows) so that your old windows don’t stick out like sore thumbs.

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A kitchen with huge windows

Replacing existing windows

Too often, homeowners don’t include or even consider new windows as part of a remodel, but they should. New windows are energy efficient and save money on monthly energy bills. Plus, you can choose exterior finishes that are almost, if not completely, maintenance-free. New windows are also easier to operate.

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A sunny kitchen with four open skylights

Setting your sights on a skylight

A skylight can add beautiful, natural overhead light to a kitchen all year ’round. (Check out the skylight photo in the color insert.) Remember that you need to have direct access to the roof of the house to install a skylight. If your kitchen is on the main level, located directly under a couple of bedrooms, you’re out of luck.

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A kitchen with great lights

Great ways to gather design options

Want to see examples of new and creative ways to use windows both in overall design as well as function? Then:

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