Austin Interior Fashion: Start With the Windows

Tyler Jorgensen

When you think about redoing the interior of your Austin home, what’s on your list?

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

What if you could make a bigger impact with less money by honing in on a different part of your home?

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

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Natural Light Plays a Big Part

We can’t say enough about how much natural light determines how your house looks and feels. If too much light comes in, your space will look washed out and faded, no matter what your color scheme is. Too little light, and it might look drab and dim, making all your work pointless.

To make matters worse, the angle that sunlight comes in changes as the day goes on, so there’s never going to be one perfect level of light throughout the day.

To thwart this, think about 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 Home Fashion

You can move furniture. You can move lighting (to an extent). You can even remove parts of walls when you remodel. But windows are usually there for good, unless you’ve got a lot of time and money to spend.

We recommend that you decide what part you want your windows to play, and then plan your design around that. Should your windows be the centerpiece of the room? Open up the space around the window and choose a window treatment with bold, eye-catching colors to grab attention. Or would you prefer the windows to be an accent that highlights other things in the room? In that case, put in something like bright white Polywood shutters to lead your guests’ eyes through the space.

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Whatever you want to do, start with the windows, and work from there.

Windows Are The Eyes Of The Home

Yes, it’s cliche to refer to windows as “the eyes of the home,” but there is some truth to that cliche. Day or night, the eyes of people walking or driving by are naturally going to be guided to the windows.

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Take advantage of that by choosing window treatments that accentuate your windows and your home. Here are a few ways you can do that:
  • Plantation shutters - The wide louvers and crisp lines of shutters will actually make your window look bigger and bolder than other window treatment options.

  • Accent drapes - Drapes that add flair to 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 - Patterned or bold colored roller shades drawn halfway down your window can add some flair to your more neutral home exterior.

Begin With the Windows, Finish With a Beautiful Home

So if you’re thinking about a refresh for your home, windows need to be something you focus on. When you’re ready, Sunburst Austin can help. Give us a call at 512-549-6077 or fill out the form below to get a free in-home consultation at your own leisure.