Frame the View Using Divided-Light Windows

Some windows might feel just like pesky glass and framework obstructing a great view, while others are so stunning that they render the view secondary. Divided-light windows, also referred to as multi-light, fall into the latter category, in my own book. At a divided-light window, the panes of glass are separated and held by muntins — strips of metal or wood. Also referred to as glazing or sash pubs, muntins divide a single window sash or casement into a grid system of little panes of lights or”lites” (also known as glass).

Multi-light windows came about because of the unavailability of large glass panes before and in the start of the industrial era. Little panes were cheap to make and easy to arrange in a grid (split by muntins) to create large windows and doors. Expensive homes were often outfitted with window panes laid out in ornamental patterns which reflected the architectural style of the structures.

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This type of window is amazing and adds architectural interest and Old-World elegance to the home. And, in a legitimate divided-light window, a broken pane of glass is easier to replace than an whole window.

These windows can also be highly customizable, which can be considered a pro or a con, because components frequently have to be ordered individually from different vendors and may cost more or take additional time to purchase. They are also historically single-pane, which means less insulation and energy efficiency, though there’s a double-glazing alternative with a divider sandwiched between.

Summerour Architects

Steel or iron. In this picture, the window panes are somewhat vertical in orientation, but the general appearance appears square-ish. Thicker mullions create partitions for a one-over-three window result. Within this layout, the windows do all the talking; the view beyond is framed exclusively by the panes of glass — there is no additional casing around the windows, which lightens the dark-paned windows and the rest of the beautiful room.

Summerour Architects

I quite like how the grid of squares is broken up by the mansard window opening inside this layout; it is a gorgeous detail for an already gorgeous treatment of windows.

Studio William Hefner

Another casing-less therapy, this beautiful window/door-scape requires a traditional use of materials and translates them into a modern appearance. The flat rectangles of glass are larger and more open than in the prior picture, which opens up the room farther to the outside while still retaining a timeless feel.

Elliott Kaufman

In this case, the window might have been a picture window, however the homeowner or builder chose against it.

Within this special casement window, diagonal muntins separate diamond-shaped panes of glass. A profound and artful remedy of the wall around this true-arch window gives the entire vignette more thickness.

Joni Spear Interior Design

In this case, every panel of windows is split by a mullion, a vertical structural component that divides adjacent window units.

The layout introduced by means of a transom window over this doorway is subtle and distinct. It adds tremendously to the transition between the chambers, not only in purpose (bringing light out of one room to the next) but in beauty.

Natural wood. In wooden dividers, a fillet is cut into the outer border of the muntin to”stop” the pane of glass at the opening, and putty or thin strips of metal or wood are then utilized to hold the glass in place. The thickness of window muntins ranges from very slim (a product of 19th century Greek-revival buildings) to thick (affected by 17th and early 18th century buildings).

Architects, webber + Studio

This casement window, with elongated bits of glass divided from organic wood muntins, infuses a serene, modern appearance in this bright toilet.

Dunlap Design Group, LLC

Engineered timber. The wood built-ins counter the glowing white of the window and its multi-framed panels.

Sutton Suzuki Architects

The muntins within this window layout are a little thicker, while the glass panes are larger, allowing for more light to permeate and not as obstruction of the view.

Kitchens & Baths, Linda Burkhardt

Mullions bring an component. The thick, framed windows make for a wonderful feature wall in this dining room.

Eileen Kathryn Boyd Interiors

White muntins, mullions and casings do not automatically require a modern setting; as you can see, a timeless style works beautifully.

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