Cincinnati Home Design: Why Windows Are Important07/09/2018Lisa Renee Nieberding When you think about remodeling your Cincinnati home, what comes to mind? New floors? New furniture? Even new appliances or new drawers and cabinets? What if we told you that you could make a bigger impact on a smaller budget by focusing on something else? What you need to focus on first in your Cincinnati home design is your windows and window treatments. We’ll tell you why. Natural Light Is Incredibly Important We can’t say enough about how important natural light is to how your space looks and feels. Too much light pouring in through your windows can make the colors look washed out and faded, no matter what colors you’re using. Not enough light, and it might look drab and dim, regardless of how much work you put in. To make matters worse, the angle that sunlight comes in varies throughout the day, so there won’t be one constant level of light that makes your space look great. To combat this, put in window treatments that let you adjust the levels of light easily and quickly. The best choices for that are roller shades or plantation shutters. Windows Should Determine Other Parts Of Your Interior Design You can reposition furniture. You can move lighting (somewhat). You can even take out parts of walls when you redesign. But windows are for the most part there for good, unless you’re willing to spend a lot of time and money. You’re best path is to decide the role you want your windows to play, and then make a plan around that. Should your windows be the focal point of the room? Open up the space around the window and install a window treatment with brilliant, eye-catching colors to draw eyes in. Would you rather the windows act as an accent that helps support other parts of the room? In that case, get something like neutral tone Polywood shutters to lead your guests’ eyes through the space. No matter your preference, start with the windows, and go from there. Windows Are Your Home’s Eyes It’s probably a cliche to call windows “the eyes of the home,” but that doesn’t make it not true. Day or night, the eyes of people passing by will naturally go to the windows. Use that to your advantage by putting in window treatments that accentuate your windows and your home. Some great ideas for that are: Interior shutters - The bright louvers and crisp lines of shutters will actually make your window look larger than other choices. Accent drapes - Drapes that add flair to the top corners of your window can frame your window and make a gorgeous silhouette when the sun sets and your interior is lit up. Custom roller shades - Brightly colored or patterned shades drawn partway down your window can add some flair to an otherwise neutral home exterior. Start With the Windows, End With Your Dream Home So if you’re dreaming about a fresh look for your home, windows need to be one of your priorities. If you’re ready, Sunburst Cincinnati can help. Give us a call at 513-216-9740 or complete the form below to get a free in-home estimate tailored to your schedule.