Salt Lake City Home Design: Why Windows Are Important07/09/2018Matt Thelander When you think about remodeling your Salt Lake City home, what are your priorities? New floors? Brand-new furniture? Maybe new appliances or sparkling finished counters? What if you could make a bigger 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 Plays a Huge Role It can’t be overstated how important natural light is to how your space looks and feels. Too much light pouring in through your windows can make the colors 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 make matters worse, the amount of light and the angle of the sun will change as the day goes on, so there’s never going to be one perfect level of light throughout the day. To thwart this, look for window treatments that can be adjusted easily and quickly. Your best bets are roller shades or plantation shutters. Windows Will Determine The Rest Of Your Home Fashion You can always reposition furniture. You can change lighting (to an extent). You can even take out parts of walls when you redesign. But windows are almost always there to stay, 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. Would you prefer the large windows were the centerpiece of the room? Open up the space around the window and choose a window treatment with brilliant, bright colors to draw the eye in. Would you rather the windows act as an accent that helps support other parts of the room? In that case, install something like bright white Polywood shutters to lead your guests’ eyes through the space. No matter your preference, start your plan with the windows, and work from there. Windows Are Your Home’s Eyes Yes, it’s cliche to refer to windows as “the eyes of the home,” but there's a lot of truth in it as well. No matter the time of day, the eyes of people walking or driving by will naturally go to the windows. Take advantage of that by putting in window treatments that play up your home’s features. Some great ideas for that are: Custom shutters - The wide louvers and clean lines of shutters can 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 help create a gorgeous silhouette when the sun sets and your interior is lit up. Custom roller shades - Patterned or bold colored roller 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 planning a fresh look for your home, windows should definitely be on your list. If you’re ready, Sunburst Salt Lake City can help. Give us a call at 801-515-3598 or complete the form below to get a free in-home consultation tailored to your schedule.