Fort Myers Interior Design: Focus on the Windows07/09/2018Charlie Cole and Brady Parker When you think about renovating, redesigning, or just refreshing the looks of your Fort Myers home, what are your priorities? New floors? New furniture? Maybe new appliances or sparkling finished counters? What if we told you that you could make a bigger impact with less money by focusing on something else? Your priority should be your windows and window treatments. We’ll show you why. Natural Light Plays a Huge Role We can’t say enough about how big a part natural light plays in 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 how much thought you put into the color scheme. Not enough light, and it might look drab and dim, regardless of how much work you put in. To make matters worse, the angle that sunlight comes in will change throughout the day, so there won’t be one perfect level of light throughout the day. To combat this, install window treatments that can be adjusted easily and quickly. Our recommendations are roller shades or plantation shutters. Windows Should Determine Other Parts Of Your Home Fashion You can always move furniture. You can move lighting (somewhat). You can even take out parts of walls when you redesign. But windows are usually there for good, unless you’ve got a lot of time and money to spend. The best thing to do is first decide the role you want your windows to play, and then make a plan around that. Would you prefer the large windows were the centerpiece of the room? Open up the space around the window and put in a window treatment with brilliant, bright colors to draw the eye in. Maybe you’d rather the windows be an accent that helps support other parts of the room? In that case, get 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 Eyes Yes, it’s cliche to call windows “the eyes of the home,” but there is some truth to that cliche. 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 choosing window treatments that add to your home’s best features. Some great ideas for that are: Custom shutters - The big louvers and clean lines of shutters will actually make your window look larger than other window treatment options. Accent drapes - Drapes that adorn 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 - Attention-grabbing shades drawn halfway 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 dreaming about a refresh for your home, windows need to be something you focus on. When you’re ready, Sunburst Fort Myers can help. Give us a call at 239-208-6577 or use the form below to get a free in-home consultation at your own leisure.