A struggle many homeowners face are poorly lit hallways. Although adding different types of light bulbs can make a difference in your hallways, the right window style can make a big difference in the amount of natural light these parts of your home receive. We say the right window, as not all window styles provide the same amount of natural light.

If you are planning a window replacement project, it is important to plan out the best style of window for every area of your home.

Below, we will cover the 5 best window styles to help brighten your hallways.

Sidelights and fixed transom windows

If it is your main entrance hallway that is dull and under lit, then you should consider adding sidelights and a fixed transom window around your front door. The transom window is installed above your door, whereas sidelights are found on the sides of the front door. Not only will these new, narrow windows provide more natural light to your front entrance, they will add additional character to your home.

Fixed windows

When it comes to lighting, fixed windows are one of the best options currently available, this is because they are not operable, so the glass is unobstructed by any frame material or screens, providing maximum light. As an added bonus, fixed windows are more energy-efficient than most other window choices available.

Casement windows

Casement windows are windows with hinges that allow them to open outwards. Since these windows are operable, you can open them wide to allow air to come into the hallway, as well as plenty of natural light. Furthermore, casement windows are available in different designs. So, you can look for a stylish design that will accentuate the appearance of your home.


What can you do to increase the natural light of an interior hallway that has no exterior wall? Look up, a skylight may be your best bet in these scenarios. Once you have installed skylights in the hallways, you can enjoy natural light all day long.

Window combinations

If you are not satisfied with the amount of light coming in through your current windows, but you still like their functionality, your next window replacement can combine a picture window in the center with smaller sliding or casement windows on the side. This will help provide more natural light to your hallway without giving up the functionality. As an added bonus, these window combinations will also give a bit of an update to your home’s aesthetic.

When planning for your next window replacement project, it is important to choose your window styles based on the needs of each area of your home. With a wide range of window options available, you can have several styles of windows installed in your home during a window replacement and benefit from different functions and designs.