Honolulu Interior Fashion: Start With the Windows07/09/2018Darren Wong When you think about a new look for your Honolulu home, what are your priorities? New flooring? Different furniture? Maybe new appliances or new drawers and cabinets? What if you could make a huge impact on a smaller budget by looking at just one part of your home? What you need to focus on first in your Honolulu home design is your windows and window treatments. Here’s why. Natural Light Is Key We can’t say enough about 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 your color scheme is. Not enough light, and it might look drab and dim, regardless of how much work you put in. To make things worse, the amount of light and the angle of the sun will change throughout the day, so there won’t be one constant level of light that makes your space look its best. To counter this, think about window treatments that let you adjust the levels of light easily and quickly. Your best bets are roller shades or plantation shutters. Windows Should Determine The Rest Of Your Home Fashion You can reposition furniture. You can move lighting (usually). You can even take out parts of walls when you redesign. But windows are almost always there for good, unless you’ve got a lot of time and money to spend. You’re best path is to decide what part you want your windows to play, and then make a plan around that. Do you want your big windows to be the focal point of the room? Open up the space around the window and install a window treatment with bold, bright colors to draw eyes in. Would you rather the windows act as an accent that highlights other things in the room? In that case, choose something like bright white Polywood shutters to lead your guests’ eyes through the space. Either way, start with the windows, and go from there. Windows Are Your Home’s Eyes It might be cliche to refer to windows as “the eyes of the home,” but there's a lot of truth in it as well. No matter the time of day, the eyes of passersby are naturally going to be guided to the windows. Take advantage of that by installing window treatments that play up your home’s features. These are a few ideas for that. Custom shutters - The bright louvers and crisp lines of shutters will help make your window look larger than most other window treatments do. Accent drapes - Drapes that add flair to the top corners of your window can frame your window and make a beautiful silhouette when the sun goes down and your interior lights are on. Custom roller shades - Patterned or bold colored roller shades drawn halfway down your window can add some flair to your more neutral home exterior. Start With the Windows, End With a Stunning Home So if you’re dreaming about a redesign for your home, windows need to be something you focus on. If you’re ready, Sunburst Honolulu can help. Give us a call at 808-797-2004 or fill out the form below to get a free in-home estimate at a time convenient for you.