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Washington DC Interior Fashion: Why Windows Are Important

July 09, 2018

When you think about redoing the interior of your Washington DC home, what are your priorities?

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

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

Your priority should be your windows and window treatments. This is why.

Natural Light Is Key

It can’t be overstated how big a part natural light plays in how your house looks and feels. look washed out and faded, no matter what colors you’re using. Not enough light, and it might look drab and dim, making all your work pointless.

To complicate things, the amount of light and the angle of the sun varies throughout the day, so there won’t be one constant level of light that makes your space look its best.

To thwart this, look for window treatments that let you adjust the levels of light easily and quickly. Your best bets are roller shades or plantation shutters.

Washington DC dining room design

Windows Should Determine The Rest Of Your Interior Design

You can always move furniture. You can change lighting (to an extent). You can even take out parts of walls when you renovate. But windows are usually there for good, unless you’re willing to spend a lot of time and money.

The best thing to do is first decide what role you want your windows to play, and then make a plan around that. Do you want your big windows to be the centerpiece of the room? Open up the space around the window and put in a window treatment with stunning, eye-catching colors to draw the eye in. Or would you prefer the windows to be an accent that highlights other things in the room? In that case, install something like neutral tone Polywood shutters to guide eyes across the room.

Washington DC dining room concept

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 passersby will naturally go to the windows.

Washington DC exterior window shutter 
Use that to your advantage by putting in window treatments that accentuate your windows and your home. Here are a few ways you can do that:
  • Plantation shutters - The solid louvers and crisp lines of shutters will actually make your window look bigger and bolder than most other window treatments do.

  • Accent drapes - Drapes that adorn the top corners of your window can frame your window and make a gorgeous silhouette when the sun sets and your indoor lights are on.

  • Luxury 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, End With a Stunning Home

So if you’re planning a redesign for your home, windows should definitely be something you focus on. When you’re ready, Sunburst Washington DC can help. Give us a call at 240-339-2588 or complete the form below to get your free in-home consultation tailored to your schedule.