Design Through the Decades – Part 38
Windows in Phoenix homes in the 2000s were indeed different from windows from the 1990s in that the main theme was “different windows.” Phoenix homebuilders in the 2000s did not just order ten windows of the exact same size for one house. Instead, there were different sized windows for one house. Variety was the main appeal.
Here’s a Phoenix home built in 2008 with windows of different sizes.
Built in 2006 with a variety of window sizes. Outlining the top and bottom of the window with a darker paint color (as seen here and above) was popular.
Sometimes the windows were framed with lighter paint colors such as this 2005 home, again with different window shapes.
The name of the game in the 2000s was lots of windows. This is a 2006 home.
Another 2006 Phoenix home with many windows. As you can see here, eaves are minimal, so windows are fully exposed to the sun. Low-E dual-pane windows were used in most of the Phoenix homes built in the 2000s in order to reduce heat penetration.
Another way to protect windows from the sun was to add exterior shades.
Decorative shutters made a comeback in the 2000s as seen on this 2005 home, another example of 2000 home design borrowing from the 1950s.
Just like the windows of the 2000s came in a variety of sizes and shapes, the window coverings of the 2000s were equally varied. Drapes were used to create elegance, yet not overwhelm the room with heaviness.
Curtains with rich colors create warmth in this 2002 Chandler, Arizona home.
If you did not like heavier drapery material, you could use sheer fabrics in the 2000s.
Oak wood blinds were very common in homes of the 2000s as seen in this 2005 home.
White 2″ plastic blinds were also common in homes.
Plantation shutters never seem to go out of style. They’ve been popular now for over 20 years.
Plantation shutters are clean and timeless.
Coming Up: Flooring in the 1950s through the 2000s