Orlando Home Design: Windows Make a Home07/09/2018Todd Hansen When you think about a new look for your Orlando home, what are your priorities? New floors? Brand-new furniture? Perhaps new appliances or new drawers and cabinets? What if we told you that you could make a bigger impact on a smaller budget by focusing on something else? What you should focus on first in your Orlando home design is your windows and window treatments. We’ll show you why. Natural Light Plays a Big Part It can’t be overstated how big a part natural light plays in how your house looks and feels. The more light that comes inside, the more your space can 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, making all your work pointless. To complicate things, the amount of light and the angle of the sun changes 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 adjust how much light they block easily and quickly. Our recommendations are roller shades or plantation shutters. Windows Should Determine The Rest Of Your Design You can move furniture. You can move lighting (usually). You can even take out parts of walls when you remodel. But windows are for the most part there to stay, unless you’re willing to spend a lot of time and money. You’re best path is to 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 put in a window treatment with stunning, eye-catching colors to draw eyes in. Or would you prefer the windows to be an accent that highlights other things in the room? In that case, get something like stunning white Polywood shutters to lead your guests’ eyes through the space. No matter your preference, start your plan 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 not true. Day or night, the eyes of people passing by are drawn to the windows. Use that to your advantage by installing window treatments that add to your home’s best features. Some great ideas for that are: Plantation shutters - The big louvers and clean lines of shutters will actually make your window look bigger and bolder than other window treatment options. Accent drapes - Drapes that add flair to the top corners of your window can help create a beautiful silhouette when the sun goes down and your indoor lights are on. Luxury roller shades - Brightly colored or patterned shades drawn partway down your window can add some flair to a somewhat neutral home exterior. Begin With the Windows, Finish With a Stunning Home So if you’re planning a new direction for your home, windows should definitely be something you focus on. If you’re ready, Sunburst Orlando can help. Give us a call at 407-630-7011 or fill out the form below to get a free in-home estimate at a time convenient for you.