Houston Home Design: Focus on the Windows07/09/2018Cory Cryer When you think about redoing the interior of your Houston home, what are your priorities? New flooring? Brand-new furniture? Even 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 Huge Role It can’t be overstated how big a part natural light plays in 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 will change as the day goes on, so there won’t be one perfect level of light throughout the day. To thwart this, install window treatments that can alter light easily and quickly. Our recommendations are roller shades or plantation shutters. Windows Should Influence The Rest Of Your Interior Design You can always move furniture. You can move lighting (somewhat). 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. Would you prefer the large windows were the focal center of the room? Open up the space around the window and choose a window treatment with brilliant, bright colors to grab attention. Maybe you’d rather the windows be an accent that highlights other things in the room? In that case, install something like stunning white Polywood shutters to guide eyes across the room. Whatever you prefer, 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 there's a lot of truth in it as well. Day or night, the eyes of passersby are naturally going to be guided to the windows. Use that to your advantage by putting in window treatments that add to your home’s best features. These are a few ideas for that. Interior shutters - The big louvers and crisp lines of shutters will actually make your window look larger than other choices. Accent drapes - Drapes that adorn 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 an otherwise neutral home exterior. Begin With the Windows, End With Your Dream 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 tailored to your schedule.