Southern California Home Design: Focus on the Windows

Kimball Jones

When you think about renovating, redesigning, or just refreshing the looks of your Southern California home, what comes to mind?

New flooring? Brand-new furniture? Maybe new appliances or cabinets and finish?

What if we told you that you could make a bigger impact with less money by looking at just one part of your home?

What you might want to focus on first in your Southern California home design is your windows and window treatments. Here’s why.

Southern California home design windows

Natural Light Plays a Huge Role

It can’t be overstated how big a part natural light plays in 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 complicate things, the amount of light and the angle of the sun changes as the day goes on, so there’s never going to be one perfect level of light throughout the day.

To combat this, get window treatments that can alter light easily and quickly. The best choices for that are roller shades or plantation shutters.

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Windows Should Determine Other Parts Of Your Design

You can reposition furniture. You can move lighting (usually). You can even take out parts of walls when you remodel. But windows are usually there to stay, unless you’re willing to spend a lot of time and money.

We recommend that you decide the role you want your windows to play, and then design around that. Should your windows be the focal center of the room? Open up the space around the window and pick a window treatment with bold, bright colors to grab attention. Would you rather the windows act as an accent that helps support other things in the room? In that case, install something like neutral tone Polywood shutters to lead your guests’ eyes through the space.

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No matter your preference, start with the windows, and go from there.

Windows Are Your Home’s Eyes

Yes, it’s cliche to call windows “the eyes of the home,” but that doesn’t make it not true. Day or night, the eyes of people passing by will naturally go to the windows.

Southern California exterior window shutter 
Use that to your advantage by installing window treatments that play up your home’s features. These are a few ideas for that.
  • Plantation shutters - The wide louvers and clean lines of shutters will actually make your window look larger than most other window treatments do.

  • Accent drapes - Drapes that add flair to the top corners of your window can frame your window and make a stunning silhouette when the sun sets and your interior is lit up.

  • Custom roller shades - Brightly colored or patterned shades drawn halfway down your window can add some flair to a somewhat neutral home exterior.

Start With the Windows, Finish With a Beautiful Home

So if you’re dreaming about a fresh look for your home, windows need to be on your list. If you’re ready, Sunburst Southern California can help. Give us a call at 888-611-2474 or use the form below to get your free in-home consultation at a time convenient for you.