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Minneapolis Home Design: Focus on the Windows

July 09, 2018

When you think about a new look for your Minneapolis home, what’s on your list?

New floors? Brand-new furniture? Perhaps new appliances or new drawers and cabinets?

What if you could make a bigger impact on a smaller budget by looking at just one part of your home?

What you might want to focus on first in your Minneapolis home design is your windows and window treatments. This is why.

Natural Light Is Incredibly Important

It can’t be overstated how much natural light determines 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 how much thought you put into the color scheme. Too little light, and it might look drab and dim, making all your work pointless.

To make matters worse, the angle that sunlight comes in varies throughout the day, so there won’t be one constant level of light throughout the day.

To combat this, look for window treatments that can alter light easily and quickly. Your best bets are roller shades or plantation shutters.

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Windows Should Influence Other Parts Of Your Design

You can reposition furniture. You can move lighting (somewhat). You can even take out parts of walls when you renovate. But windows are for the most part there for good, unless you’re willing to spend a lot of time and money.

So what you should do is decide the role 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 install a window treatment with stunning, eye-catching colors to grab attention. Maybe you’d rather the windows be an accent that helps support other things in the room? In that case, put in something like neutral tone Polywood shutters to guide eyes across the room.

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Whatever you want to do, start your plan with the windows, and work from there.

Windows Are The Eyes Of The Home

It’s probably a cliche to call windows “the eyes of the home,” but there's a lot of truth in it as well. No matter the time of day, the eyes of people walking or driving by are naturally going to be guided to the windows.

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Use that to your advantage by installing window treatments that add to your home’s best features. These are a few ideas for that.
  • Plantation shutters - The bright louvers and crisp lines of shutters will actually make your window look bigger and bolder than other choices.

  • Accent drapes - Drapes that accent the top corners of your window can frame your window and make a stunning silhouette when the sun goes down and your interior lights are on.

  • Luxury roller shades - Patterned or bold colored roller shades drawn partway down your window can add some flair to an otherwise neutral home exterior.

Begin With the Windows, Finish With a Beautiful Home

So if you’re planning a new direction for your home, windows should definitely be one of your priorities. If you’re ready, Sunburst Minneapolis can help. Give us a call at 952-856-8130 or complete the form below to get your free in-home consultation tailored to your schedule.