Whether you’re building a new house or renovating your current home, one of your biggest questions is where to put new windows. Windows are arguably the most important feature of your home, bringing in natural light and giving you a view of the outdoors.

But how many windows do you need, and where should they go?

Front of Home

This is the area of the home that requires the most windows. Windows give your home curb appeal because they shine light outward to neighbors and passersby.

There are several ways to handle the window arrangement at the front of your home. Some people opt for just one large picture window. It’s a good idea to place the window directly above your door to invite light into your entryway.

Yet another option is to place several windows on the front of your home. The windows don’t all have to be the same size or even the same window type. However, they should have matching trim and grille patterns to create a sense of symmetry and balance.

Bedrooms

When it comes to bedrooms, functionality is more important than view. A small window is preferable since you want as little light as possible to enter the bedroom at night. You’ll want to make sure the window is the right size and height for local fire codes, especially if the room is on the second floor.

Office

Studies show that natural light can improve employees’ mood, alertness, and overall quality of life. Thus, it’s important to choose an office window location where you can get sufficient light.

But window placement in a home office can be tricky. It’s important that your window is in the correct position so it doesn’t leave a glare on your computer screen. Placing the window four or more feet above the ground is crucial to avoid blinding sunlight.

If possible, position the window so it’s facing north or south rather than east or west. Harsh sunlight can stream through an east- or west-facing window, making it difficult for you to see your computer.

Kitchen

With so many items in your kitchen, it can be difficult to find the right place for your window. Most people choose to place a window above the sink, so they can look out as they wash dishes. But if you have to reach over the sink to get at the window, you’ll want to choose a window that’s easy to open and close. A casement window is a functional option-you turn a crank to open it outwards.

Living Room

The living room can be a great location for a large viewing window. But you need to make sure the view is actually worthwhile. For example, you might feel a bit awkward looking directly at a busy street day after day. It’s preferable if you can choose a window location that provides a view of the outdoors.

Another benefit of a large living room window is the bright light that it invites into the room. However, make sure light from the window isn’t going to leave a glare on your television screen. A window facing east or west can be problematic. However, if there’s nowhere else to place your window, you could solve the problem with blinds or curtains.

Bathrooms

Bathroom windows should be positioned high enough so that you can enjoy the sunlight while maintaining your privacy. Skylights are an excellent option.