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Chicago Home Fashion: Why Windows Are Important

July 09, 2018

When you think about remodeling your Chicago home, what are your priorities?

New flooring? Different furniture? Maybe new appliances or cabinets and finish?

What if we told you that you could make a bigger impact with less money by focusing on something else?

Your priority should be your windows and window treatments. Here’s why.

Natural Light Plays a Huge Role

We can’t say enough about how much natural light determines how your space looks and feels. look washed out and faded, no matter what colors you’re using. Too little light, and it might look drab and dim, and just plain unattractive.

To complicate things, the angle that sunlight comes in changes as the day goes on, so there’s never going to be one perfect level of light that makes your space look great.

To thwart this, think about window treatments that can alter light easily and quickly. Our recommendations are roller shades or plantation shutters.

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Windows Will Influence Other Parts Of Your Home

You can move furniture. You can change lighting (usually). You can even remove parts of walls when you renovate. But windows are almost always there to stay, unless you’re willing to spend a lot of time and money.

So what you should do is decide what role 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, eye-catching colors to grab attention. Or would you prefer the windows to be an accent that helps support other parts of the room? In that case, choose something like bright white 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. No matter the time of day, the eyes of passersby are drawn to the windows.

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Take advantage of that by putting in window treatments that accentuate your windows and your home. These are a few ideas for that.
  • Plantation shutters - The bright louvers and clean lines of shutters will actually make your window look larger than other window treatment options.

  • Accent drapes - Drapes that adorn the top corners of your window can help create a beautiful silhouette when the sun sets 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 your more neutral home exterior.

Begin With the Windows, Finish With a Stunning Home

So if you’re dreaming about a redesign for your home, windows should easily be an area of focus. If you’re ready, Sunburst Chicago can help. Give us a call at 847-250-6544 or fill out the form below to get a free in-home estimate tailored to your schedule.

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