Miami Interior Fashion: Why Windows Are Important07/09/2018David White When you think about renovating, redesigning, or just refreshing the looks of your Miami home, what comes to mind? New flooring? Brand-new furniture? Perhaps new appliances or new drawers and cabinets? What if we told you that you could make a huge impact on a smaller budget by focusing on something else? Your priority should be your windows and window treatments. We’ll tell you why. Natural Light Is Key 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 colors you’re using. Too little light, and it might look drab and dim, making all your work pointless. To make matters worse, the amount of light and the angle of the sun will change throughout the day, so there won’t be one constant level of light throughout the day. To thwart this, think about window treatments that can be adjusted easily and quickly. Your best bets are roller shades or plantation shutters. Windows Should Influence The Rest Of Your Design You can always move furniture. You can change lighting (somewhat). You can even remove parts of walls when you redesign. 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 part you want your windows to play, and then make a plan around that. Do you want your big windows to be the centerpiece of the room? Open up the space around the window and install a window treatment with bold, eye-catching colors to grab attention. Would you rather the windows act as an accent that helps support other parts of the room? In that case, choose something like stunning white Polywood shutters to guide eyes across the room. Either way, start your plan with the windows, and work from there. Windows Are The Eyes Of The Home It’s probably a cliche to refer to windows as “the eyes of the home,” but there's a lot of truth in it as well. 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. Some great ideas for that are: Plantation shutters - The bright louvers and clean lines of shutters can actually make your window look bigger and bolder than most other window treatments do. Accent drapes - Drapes that adorn the top corners of your window can frame your window and make a beautiful silhouette when the sun goes down and your indoor lights are on. Custom roller shades - Brightly colored or patterned shades drawn partway down your window can add some flair to your more neutral home exterior. Begin With the Windows, End With Your Dream Home So if you’re thinking about a new direction for your home, windows need to be something you focus on. When you’re ready, Sunburst Miami can help. Give us a call at 305-520-7515 or complete the form below to get a free in-home consultation at a time convenient for you.