Even though windows are a functional part of the home, they add enough aesthetic value that they can impact how much a home is worth.
If you don’t consider what your windows look like, you could overlook a key element of how your home feels to others.
If you’re feeling like your home is a bit dreary, consider some new window decor.
Here are a number of trends and tactics for sprucing up your window decor.
One of the latest trends in window covering is to try keeping things totally simple. Where a few decades ago it was customary to have heavy drapes in every window, more homeowners are going the route of minimalism.
If you want to use less fabric and stick with simple shades, consider using an upholstered cornice. This can ensure that you have something interesting to look at while keeping your windows minimal and open.
Keep The Light Coming In
Overall, natural light is becoming a more dominant element in relationship to windows than having perfect curtains.
Pleated shades can help to offer the privacy you need without upsetting the balance of natural light.
Most kitchens, living rooms, and dining rooms are designed for a lot of natural light to come pouring in. When that’s the case, pleated shades with subtle stripes are perfect, whether you’re covering a standard window, a skylight, or an arched window.
Direct Light Can Be Harsh
When you’re spending hours in the kitchen during the day or trying to watch a movie on the weekend, direct light can be your enemy. Direct sun can be hot and unpleasant to be in. Softening that direct sun can make life much nicer.
By adding simple wood blinds or shades, light is disrupted and the room can glow a little more. Consider woven wood shades for their ability to filter light without being heavy or overpowering.
Follow Color Trends
Believe it or not, every color has its time. Some colors are popular for a time and then fall out of fashion only to be replaced by another color.
While it might seem like it’s a strange thing to go in and out of style, there’s such a thing as “contemporary tones”.
Right now, terra cotta shades are popular. Mixing them with earth tones, green, black, and gold all work very well. Coordinating colors together also is an effective way to decorate your windows.
If your curtains have a pattern, they could easily match another print on cushion seats of your dining room table or the placemats.
Cool colors make a small room look larger while warmer colors make things seem more inviting.
Depending on what your home looks like, you could contrast the actual layout and construction with a simple color change.
Textures Make a Difference
While there are plenty of great ways to use color and style to your advantage, the texture of the material you use has an impact as well.
If you choose natural fibers or bamboo, you can make your room seem more grounded and earthy.
While texture might not be the first thought you have when thinking about blinds, texture shapes how a room feels.
Texture has more than just tactile elements. There’s a visual impact to texture that visitors will feel when they visit.
Exterior Shutters Are In
While most people don’t need shutters on their window outside of the south or the coasts, they have an aesthetic impact.
Whether or not your windows actually need them, they will help to offer an appeal to a more modern home.
Exteriors tend to pop when they have shutters. You can complement your door, your porch, or your garage with some narrow and attractive shutters.
Shutters can be bought or painted just about any color. Deciding on what style is your biggest decision here.
Add Some Planters
Nothing makes a home more lively than the addition of plants. By adding planters to the exterior of your windows, you add a measurable amount of life to your home.
You could grow flowers, vegetables, or succulents in dry shaded window boxes.
These planters add as much or as little color as you want. The great thing is that the natural greens that spring from it are sure to match any kind of home.
With your planters, colors can be swapped out as often as you please.
Follow directions from a local flower shop or gardening center to figure out what works for you. Make sure to keep them watered and out of damagingly direct sunlight.
One of the simplest and most fun ways to decorate your windows is to follow the holiday decor of the season.
Decorating your home for the holidays is a fun family activity and benefits your windows by keeping them from being boring.
Your options are limitless and if you’re changing out your window decorations often enough, you can cycle through decorations throughout the year.
Wreaths, spooky Halloween decorations, and summer splashes can make your home more inviting.
If you’re stuck as to what you should try, consider stick-on graphics for your windows. They’re simple to apply and can last for several seasons.
Window Decor Can Make You Love Your Home
Windows bring in light and air but your window decor determines how you consume those things.
If your windows are poorly decorated, you might not get the most out of your home. Lean into your window decor if you want your home to appeal to others and feel more inviting even on the dreariest of days.
For more info on window dressings, check out our guide for the “do”s and “don’t”s of decor.