Okay let’s be honest, painted window muntins isn’t exactly something you would consider doing inside your home. But for an old, run-down garden shed, and a budget of 2 bucks, painted window muntins may be just what the doctor ordered. After all, your garden shed is likely located off in the distance in your backyard. So, from the street, nobody will ever know you simply painted on the muntins to match the style of your home. Why spend the money on authentic muntins? Read more
DIY Window Muntins may be just the weekend project you were looking for. Of course, my recommendation is to install genuine, professionally built, Muntin Bars. But if your budget is tight, and you feel you have the skills, you may want to consider DIY Window Muntins in the interim. With a little free time, a few basic tools, and a minimal skill level, you can complete this project in an afternoon. All you need is a measuring tape and a pair of household scissors. Well maybe a simple calculator as well, if you’re a little rusty in math. Read more
Which is grammatically correct, Window Lite or Window Light? How is your grammar? If you’re like me, you may struggle with the complex rules used in the English language. Window Lite vs Window Light is just another one that drives me nuts. It’s right up there with disc vs disk, nite vs night, grey vs gray, and my personal favorite (because I love donuts) donut vs doughnut. Read more
Transom windows have been utilized in home design for several hundred years. In early designs, the main purpose of the windows was to allow additional light into a room as well as providing ventilation. More recently, transom windows have been incorporated into architectural designs more-so for their aesthetic value. Whether you live in an older home, or something more modern, at some point you may be forced to repair or replace the transom windows in your home. Read more
Windows are more than just a way to let in some extra light; they serve as an excellent design feature. Since a line is such an impactful element, even just moving a few lines can alter the whole design. Window muntins are small strips that divide the window into smaller panes. Mullions are heavy members that run vertically between two windows or between a window and a door. When used together, they can create intricate architectural features. Here are some tips on how to use window muntins to accentuate the style of your home.
Muntin’s vs. Mullion’s
So what is a Window Muntin? First we better set the record straight as there seems to be some confusion as to the difference between a Window Muntin and a Mullion. A window Muntin is the decorative slats that break up a window into smaller panes. These are also known today as window grills or grids. In days-gone-by, Muntins actually served a structural purpose by holding small panes of glass together in a larger window opening. Today however; a Muntin is primarily a decorative accessory.
A mullion is a heavy structural member that separates and supports two larger windows. A mullion is typically found between two double hung windows that are installed side by side. For instance, a smaller room such as a bathroom or small bedroom may have a single window that is 26” wide x 48” tall. A larger living space may have two of these windows adjacent to one another to create a 52” wide x 48” tall window. In the latter case, the structural member between the two double hung windows is called a Mullion.