New York City Home Design: Windows Make a Home07/09/2018Matt Thelander When you think about remodeling your New York City home, what are your priorities? New floors? Different furniture? Perhaps 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 big a part natural light plays in 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, making all your work pointless. 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 throughout the day. To thwart this, get window treatments that can alter light easily and quickly. Your best bets are roller shades or plantation shutters. Windows Will Determine Other Parts Of Your Home Fashion You can reposition furniture. You can change lighting (somewhat). You can even remove parts of walls when you renovate. But windows are almost always there for good, unless you’ve got a lot of time and money to spend. The best thing to do is first decide the part you want your windows to play, and then plan your design around that. Would you prefer the large windows were 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, choose something like bright white Polywood shutters to lead your guests’ eyes through the space. 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 that doesn’t make it any less true. No matter the time of day, the eyes of passersby are naturally going to be guided to the windows. Use that to your advantage by installing window treatments that accentuate your windows and your home. Some great ideas for that are: Custom shutters - The solid 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 new direction for your home, windows should definitely be an area of focus. 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.