Jacksonville Interior Design: Focus on the Windows07/09/2018Kevin McCormack When you think about redoing the interior of your Jacksonville home, what comes to mind? New floors? Brand-new furniture? Even new appliances or cabinets and finish? What if you could make a bigger impact on a smaller budget by honing in on a different part of your home? Your priority should be your windows and window treatments. This is why. Natural Light Plays a Big Part 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, making all your work pointless. 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 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. Windows Should Influence Other Parts Of Your Design 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 usually 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 focal point of the room? Open up the space around the window and choose 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. 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. Throughout the day, the eyes of people passing by are naturally going to be guided 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 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 - Brightly colored or patterned 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 planning a refresh for your home, windows need to be something you focus on. If you’re ready, Sunburst Jacksonville can help. Give us a call at 904-289-1663 or fill out the form below to get a free in-home estimate tailored to your schedule.