When you think about renovating, redesigning, or just refreshing the looks of your Cleveland home, what are your priorities?
New flooring? New furniture? Maybe new appliances or new drawers and cabinets?
What if you could make a bigger impact on a smaller budget by looking at just one part of your home?
What you need to focus on first in your Cleveland home design is your windows and window treatments. Here’s why.
Natural Light Plays a Huge Role
It can’t be overstated how big a part natural light plays in how your house looks and feels. look washed out and faded, no matter what your color scheme is. Not enough light, and it might look drab and dim, regardless of how much work you put in.
To make matters worse, the amount of light and the angle of the sun varies as the day goes on, so there’s never going to be one perfect level of light that makes your space look its best.
To combat this, look for window treatments that can be adjusted easily and quickly. Your best bets are roller shades or plantation shutters.
Windows Should Determine Other Parts Of Your Interior Design
You can reposition furniture. You can change lighting (usually). You can even remove parts of walls when you redesign. But windows are usually there for good, unless you’ve got a lot of time and money to spend.
We recommend that you decide the role you want your windows to play, and then plan your design around that. Would you prefer the large windows were the centerpiece of the room? Open up the space around the window and install a window treatment with bold, bright colors to draw the eye in. Would you rather the windows act as an accent that highlights other parts of the room? In that case, get something like bright white Polywood shutters to lead your guests’ eyes through the space.
Whatever you want to do, start your plan with the windows, and work from there.
Windows Are The Eyes Of The Home
It might be cliche to call windows “the eyes of the home,” but that doesn’t make it not true. No matter the time of day, the eyes of passersby are naturally going to be guided to the windows.
Take advantage of that by installing window treatments that play up your home’s features. Some great ideas for that are:
Plantation shutters - The bright louvers and clean lines of shutters will actually make your window look bigger and bolder than most other window treatments do.
Accent drapes - Drapes that add flair to the top corners of your window can help create a gorgeous silhouette when the sun goes down and your lights are on indoors.
Custom roller shades - Attention-grabbing shades drawn partway down your window can add some flair to a somewhat neutral home exterior.
Begin With the Windows, Finish With Your Dream Home
So if you’re planning a new direction for your home, windows need to be an area of focus. When you’re ready, Sunburst Cleveland can help. Give us a call at 440-561-6787 or use the form below to get a free in-home estimate tailored to your schedule.