When you think about remodeling your Cincinnati home, what’s on your list?
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 big a part natural light plays in 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 will change 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 can adjust how much light they block easily and quickly. Our recommendations 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 take out parts of walls when you remodel. 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 design around that. Should your windows be the focal point of the room? Open up the space around the window and choose a window treatment with brilliant, eye-catching colors to grab attention. Or would you prefer the windows to be 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 passersby will naturally go to the windows.
Use that to your advantage by putting in window treatments that play up your home’s features. These are a few ideas for that.
Custom 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 stunning 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 your more neutral home exterior.
Start With the Windows, End With Your Dream Home
So if you’re planning a fresh look for your home, windows need to be an area of focus. If you’re ready, Sunburst Cincinnati can help. Give us a call at 513-216-9740 or fill out the form below to get a free in-home estimate at a time convenient for you.