Tampa Home Fashion: Start With the Windows07/09/2018Eric Ramsey When you think about a new look for your Tampa home, what’s on your list?New floors? Brand-new furniture? Perhaps new appliances or new drawers and cabinets?What if you could make a bigger impact on a smaller budget by looking at just one part of your home?What you might want to focus on first in your Tampa home design is your windows and window treatments. Here’s why.Natural Light Is KeyWe 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, and just plain unattractive.To make matters worse, the angle that sunlight comes in changes as the day goes on, so there won’t be one perfect level of light throughout the day.To counter this, put in window treatments that can alter light easily and quickly. The best choices for that are roller shades or plantation shutters.Windows Will Influence Other Parts Of Your Home FashionYou can reposition furniture. You can move lighting (usually). You can even remove parts of walls when you remodel. But windows are for the most part there for good, unless you’re willing to spend a lot of time and money.The best thing to do is first decide the role 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 put in a window treatment with stunning, bright colors to draw eyes in. Would you rather the windows act as an accent that helps support other parts of the room? In that case, get something like bright white Polywood shutters to lead your guests’ eyes through the space. No matter your preference, start with the windows, and go from there.Windows Are Your Home’s EyesIt’s probably a cliche to call windows “the eyes of the home,” but there's a lot of truth in it as well. Day or night, the eyes of people walking or driving by will naturally go to the windows. Use that to your advantage by installing window treatments that add to your home’s best features. Some great ideas for that are:Plantation shutters - The bright louvers and clean lines of shutters will actually make your window look larger than other choices.Accent drapes - Drapes that accent the top corners of your window can frame your window and make a gorgeous silhouette when the sun sets and your interior lights are on.Custom roller shades - Attention-grabbing shades drawn partway down your window can add some flair to an otherwise neutral home exterior.Start With the Windows, Finish With a Beautiful HomeSo if you’re planning a redesign for your home, windows should easily be one of your priorities. If you’re ready, Sunburst Tampa can help. Give us a call at 813-580-7288 or fill out the form below to get a free in-home estimate tailored to your schedule.