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Houston Home Design: Focus on the Windows

July 09, 2018

When you think about redoing the interior of your Houston home, what are your priorities?

New flooring? Brand-new furniture? Perhaps new appliances or cabinets and finish?

What if you could make a bigger impact with less money by focusing on something else?

What you might want to focus on first in your Houston home design is your windows and window treatments. We’ll show you why.

Natural Light Plays a Big Part

It can’t be overstated how important natural light is to how your home looks and feels. Too much light pouring in through your windows can make the colors look washed out and faded, no matter what your color scheme is. Too little light, and it might look drab and dim, regardless of how much work you put in.

To complicate things, the angle that sunlight comes in varies as the day goes on, so there won’t be one perfect level of light throughout the day.

To thwart this, put in window treatments that can alter light easily and quickly. The best choices for that are roller shades or plantation shutters.

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Windows Should Influence The Rest Of Your Interior Design

You can always move furniture. You can move lighting (usually). You can even remove parts of walls when you renovate. But windows are for the most part there for good, unless you’ve got a lot of time and money to spend.

You’re best path is to decide what role you want your windows to play, and then plan your design around that. Do you want your big windows to be the focal center of the room? Open up the space around the window and install a window treatment with brilliant, bright colors to draw eyes in. Maybe you’d rather the windows be an accent that highlights other things in the room? In that case, install something like bright white Polywood shutters to guide eyes across the room.

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Whatever you want to do, start with the windows, and go from there.

Windows Are Your Home’s Eyes

It might be cliche to call windows “the eyes of the home,” but that doesn’t make it any less true. Day or night, the eyes of passersby will naturally go to the windows.

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Use that to your advantage by putting in window treatments that add to your home’s best features. Some great ideas for that are:
  • Interior shutters - The big 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 help create a gorgeous silhouette when the sun goes down and your lights are on indoors.

  • Luxury roller shades - Attention-grabbing shades drawn partway down your window can add some flair to your more neutral home exterior.

Begin With the Windows, End With a Stunning Home

So if you’re dreaming about a fresh look for your home, windows should easily be an area of focus. If you’re ready, Sunburst Houston can help. Give us a call at 713-853-9629 or fill out the form below to get your free in-home consultation at a time convenient for you.