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Southern California Interior Design: Windows Make a Home

July 09, 2018

When you think about renovating, redesigning, or just refreshing the looks of your Southern California home, what’s on your list?

New floors? Brand-new furniture? Perhaps new appliances or sparkling finished counters?

What if you could make a bigger impact on a smaller budget by looking at just one part of your home?

What you need to focus on first in your Southern California home design is your windows and window treatments. This is why.

Natural Light Plays a Huge Role

It can’t be overstated how big a part natural light plays in how your space looks and feels. If too much light comes in, your space will look washed out and faded, no matter what colors you’re using. Not enough light, and it might look drab and dim, and just plain unattractive.

To make things worse, the angle that sunlight comes in varies throughout the day, so there’s never going to be one perfect level of light that makes your space look great.

To thwart this, look for 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 Influence Other Parts Of Your Home Fashion

You can reposition furniture. You can move lighting (to an extent). You can even take out parts of walls when you renovate. But windows are almost always there to stay, unless you’ve got a lot of time and money to spend.

The best thing to do is first decide what role you want your windows to play, and then design around that. Should your windows be the centerpiece of the room? Open up the space around the window and install a window treatment with bold, bright colors to draw the eye in. Would you rather the windows act as 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.

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Whatever you want to do, 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. No matter the time of day, the eyes of passersby will naturally go to the windows.

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Take advantage of that by putting in window treatments that play up your home’s features. These are a few ideas for that.
  • Interior shutters - The solid louvers and clean lines of shutters will actually make your window look larger than other choices.

  • Accent drapes - Drapes that accent the top corners of your window can help create a beautiful silhouette when the sun sets and your lights are on indoors.

  • Luxury 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 a Beautiful Home

So if you’re dreaming about a new direction for your home, windows should definitely be something you focus on. If you’re ready, Sunburst Southern California can help. Give us a call at 888-611-2474 or complete the form below to get a free in-home estimate tailored to your schedule.