Hartford Home Fashion: Start With the Windows07/09/2018Holly Perron When you think about renovating, redesigning, or just refreshing the looks of your Hartford home, what comes to mind?New flooring? Different 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 focusing on something else?What you might want to focus on first in your Hartford home design is your windows and window treatments. We’ll tell you why.Natural Light Is Incredibly ImportantWe can’t say enough about how much natural light determines 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 things worse, the amount of light and the angle of the sun 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 adjust how much light they block easily and quickly. Your best bets are roller shades or plantation shutters.Windows Should Determine Other Parts Of Your Home FashionYou can move furniture. You can change lighting (to an extent). You can even take out parts of walls when you remodel. But windows are usually there for good, unless you’re willing to spend a lot of time and money.You’re best path is to decide what role you want your windows to play, and then make a plan around that. Should your windows be the focal center of the room? Open up the space around the window and pick a window treatment with stunning, eye-catching colors to draw the eye in. Or would you prefer the windows to be an accent that helps support other parts of the room? In that case, choose something like bright white Polywood shutters to guide eyes across the room. Whatever you want to do, start with the windows, and go from there.Windows Are Your Home’s EyesYes, it’s cliche to refer to windows as “the eyes of the home,” but that doesn’t make it any less true. Day or night, 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. Here are a few ways you can do that:Custom shutters - The solid louvers and clean lines of shutters will help make your window look larger than most other window treatments do.Accent drapes - Drapes that adorn the top corners of your window can help create a stunning silhouette when the sun goes down and your interior lights are on.Luxury roller shades - Patterned or bold colored roller shades drawn halfway down your window can add some flair to an otherwise neutral home exterior.Begin With the Windows, End With a Beautiful HomeSo if you’re dreaming about a redesign for your home, windows need to be on your list. If you’re ready, Sunburst Hartford can help. Give us a call at 860-266-5459 or fill out the form below to get your free in-home estimate tailored to your schedule.