Minneapolis Home Design: Start With the Windows07/09/2018George Christ When you think about a new look for your Minneapolis home, what comes to mind? New floors? Brand-new furniture? Even new appliances or new drawers and cabinets? What if you could make a bigger 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 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, and just plain unattractive. 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. Windows Should Influence Other Parts Of Your Home Fashion 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. The best thing to do is first decide the role 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 draw eyes in. 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. Whatever you prefer, 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 that doesn’t make it any less true. No matter the time of day, the eyes of people walking or driving by will naturally go to the windows. Use that to your advantage by choosing window treatments that add to your home’s best features. Some great ideas for that are: Plantation shutters - The bright louvers and crisp lines of shutters will actually make your window look bigger and bolder than other window treatment options. Accent drapes - Drapes that accent the top corners of your window can frame your window and make a gorgeous silhouette when the sun goes down and your interior lights are on. Luxury roller shades - Brightly colored or patterned 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 dreaming about a refresh for your home, windows need to be an area of focus. If you’re ready, Sunburst Minneapolis can help. Give us a call at 952-856-8130 or fill out the form below to get your free in-home consultation at a time convenient for you.