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New York City Home Design: Focus on the Windows

July 09, 2018

When you think about remodeling your New York City home, what are your priorities?

New floors? New furniture? Even new appliances or cabinets and finish?

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 important natural light is to how your house looks and feels. If too much light comes in, your space will 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 things worse, the amount of light and the angle of the sun varies as the day goes on, so there won’t be one constant level of light that makes your space look great.

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

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Windows Will Determine Other Parts Of Your Home Fashion

You can reposition furniture. You can change lighting (usually). You can even remove parts of walls when you renovate. But windows are usually there for good, unless you’ve got a lot of time and money to spend.

So what you should do is decide the part you want your windows to play, and then plan your design around that. Do you want your big windows to be the focal center of the room? Open up the space around the window and choose a window treatment with stunning, bright colors to grab attention. Maybe you’d rather the windows be an accent that helps support other things in the room? In that case, install something like bright white Polywood shutters to lead your guests’ eyes through the space.

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Whatever you prefer, start your plan with the windows, and go from there.

Windows Are The Eyes Of The Home

It might be 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 passersby will naturally go to the windows.

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Use that to your advantage by installing window treatments that accentuate your windows and your home. These are a few ideas for that.
  • Interior shutters - The big louvers and crisp lines of shutters actually tend to make your window look larger than other window treatment options.

  • Accent drapes - Drapes that accent the top corners of your window can help create a gorgeous silhouette when the sun goes down and your indoor lights are on.

  • Custom roller shades - Patterned or bold colored roller shades drawn partway down your window can add some flair to a somewhat neutral home exterior.

Start With the Windows, End With Your Dream Home

So if you’re thinking about a refresh for your home, windows should definitely be one of your priorities. If you’re ready, Sunburst New York City can help. Give us a call at 631-246-3930 or use the form below to get your free in-home estimate tailored to your schedule.

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