Sacramento Home Design: Start With the Windows07/09/2018Curtis Orton When you think about redoing the interior of your Sacramento home, what are your priorities? New flooring? Brand-new furniture? Maybe new appliances or sparkling finished counters? What if we told you that you could make a huge impact on a smaller budget by honing in on a different part of your home? Your priority should be your windows and window treatments. This is why. Natural Light Is Key We can’t say enough about how much natural light determines 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 how much thought you put into the color scheme. 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 as the day goes on, so there won’t be one constant level of light throughout the day. To combat this, install window treatments that can be adjusted easily and quickly. The best choices for that are roller shades or plantation shutters. Windows Will Determine Other Parts Of Your Interior Design You can reposition furniture. You can change lighting (to an extent). You can even remove parts of walls when you redesign. But windows are for the most part there to stay, 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. Would you prefer the large windows were the centerpiece of the room? Open up the space around the window and pick a window treatment with bold, bright colors to grab attention. Or would you prefer the windows to be an accent that highlights other parts of the room? In that case, choose something like bright white Polywood shutters to lead your guests’ eyes through the space. Either way, start with the windows, and go from there. Windows Are Your Home’s Eyes It’s probably a cliche to refer to windows as “the eyes of the home,” but that doesn’t make it any less true. No matter the time of day, the eyes of people passing by are naturally going to be guided to the windows. Take advantage of that by putting in window treatments that add to your home’s best features. These are a few ideas for that. Plantation shutters - The solid louvers and clean lines of shutters will actually make your window look larger than other window treatment options. 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. Custom roller shades - Attention-grabbing shades drawn halfway down your window can add some flair to your more neutral home exterior. Start With the Windows, End With a Beautiful Home So if you’re dreaming about a new direction for your home, windows need to be something you focus on. If you’re ready, Sunburst Sacramento can help. Give us a call at 916-250-0758 or fill out the form below to get a free in-home estimate at your own leisure.