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Seattle Interior Design: Start With the Windows

July 09, 2018

When you think about a new look for your Seattle home, what are your priorities?

New flooring? Brand-new furniture? Perhaps new appliances or new drawers and cabinets?

What if we told you that you could make a huge 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 Is Key

It can’t be overstated how much natural light determines how your space looks and feels. look washed out and faded, no matter what your color scheme is. Too little light, and it might look drab and dim, regardless of how much work you put in.

To complicate things, the angle that sunlight comes in varies as the day goes on, so there’s never going to be one constant level of light throughout the day.

To fight against this, think about window treatments that can alter light easily and quickly. The best choices for that are roller shades or plantation shutters.

Seattle dining room design

Windows Will Influence Other Parts Of Your Interior Design

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

You’re best path is to decide what part you want your windows to play, and then design around that. Do you want your big windows to be the focal point of the room? Open up the space around the window and put in a window treatment with stunning, bright colors to grab attention. Or would you prefer the windows to be an accent that helps support other things in the room? In that case, get something like neutral tone Polywood shutters to lead your guests’ eyes through the space.

Seattle dining room concept

Either way, start with the windows, and go from there.

Windows Are The Eyes Of The Home

It’s probably a cliche to refer to windows as “the eyes of the home,” but that doesn’t make it not true. Day or night, the eyes of people passing by are naturally going to be guided to the windows.

Seattle exterior window shutter 
Take advantage of that by choosing window treatments that add to your home’s best features. These are a few ideas for that.
  • Plantation shutters - The wide louvers and clean lines of shutters actually tend to 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 lights are on indoors.

  • Luxury 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 planning a new direction for your home, windows need to be something you focus on. If you’re ready, Sunburst Seattle can help. Give us a call at 360-464-2277 or use the form below to get your free in-home consultation at your own leisure.