Although the front door is often the star of the show, there are additional design elements that can take your entryway to the next level. Sidelites, vertical windows placed on one or both sides of a door, and transoms, a horizontal windows positioned above the door, are features that can enhance your entry door. Both products offer aesthetic appeal and practical benefits. Here’s how transoms and sidelites can elevate your home’s entryway:
Natural Light: One of the key advantages of sidelites and transoms is their ability to flood your entryway with natural light. These additional windows create a sense of openness and brightness, making your entrance feel welcoming and inviting. Natural light can also make a small or narrow entryway appear more spacious, giving the illusion of a larger and more expansive area. Concerned about privacy and security? To have both natural light and privacy, you can choose frosted or textured glass, or even opt for decorative glass designs that allow light to pass through while obscuring the view into your home. To enhance security, manufacturers also offer impact-resistant glass, laminated glass, and reinforced frames.
Enhanced Aesthetics: Transoms and sidelights can add lots of curb appeal and transform a plain front door into a gorgeous focal point. They add architectural interest and visual balance, especially when coordinated with the style and material of the main door. Homeowners can even explore different door, transom, sidelite, and designer glass styles to see which they like best. Virtual tools like the ThermaTru Design your Door program or the Andersen Entry Door Design Tool can help bring your entryway inspiration to life!
Versatility in Design: You can experiment with different shapes, sizes, and configurations to suit your home’s architecture and your personal style. Homeowners can choose from arched and elliptical shaped transoms, rectangular and square transoms, single sidelites, or double sidelites – they can even choose from fixed or operable transoms and sidelites to allow for ventilation. Whether you prefer a traditional, modern, or eclectic style, transoms and sidelites provide versatility and flexibility to suit your design preferences.
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