When you look at the façade of a house, particularly from the point of view of a prospective buyer, very often you will gain a curbside perspective that the homeowner may not even know exists. This might include noticing a roof with slates or shingles missing, a house number obscured by dirt and therefore difficult to see or an untidy and oil-stained driveway. It pays to take this kind of critical look at your property from time to time because with a little care and attention, these issues are easy for you to fix, and in no time at all, the solutions will make your home more attractive.
Other important ways to overhaul your home include scrutinizing and updating doors and windows, not only for the benefit of external inspection, but also for more comfortable contemporary living standards for you and your family. Here are a few key ideas to help you make the most of your ‘windows to the world.’
Whatever type of window frames you have, you will need to make sure they are sound and in good repair. Repaint or varnish where necessary, making sure you achieve a smooth finish and removing any spillages, which will otherwise spoil the effect of your hard work. To modernize the exterior, consider changing the color of your frames and be sure to paint the front door in a matching shade. If you want to dress things up a bit, consider adding window boxes or external shutters.
As with the exterior, window frames also need to look good inside your home. Every room is likely to be different, so you may want to vary window treatments accordingly. There is an enormous choice of window dressings these days, so it’s best to make decisions based on your personal preferences and how much time you are able to give to the maintenance of particular styles.
Traditional choices for blinds include roller, Roman and Venetian blinds, which come in a variety of colors and materials. You may prefer to mix drapes and voile panels to soften the interior of a room, such as a bedroom. Blinds tend to be used within a window frame and have a clean and sharper silhouette, so they can be useful for a kitchen, study or a den, although they tend to collect dust and must be scrupulously maintained.
One really effective intervention that will bring your windows right up to date is to use internal wooden shutters. These are very versatile and can be used in any room. They come in a great range of contemporary colors and materials and also offer light and privacy control entirely at your discretion. Shutters can also make smaller windows look bigger, which is a real boon in more bijou domestic spaces.
Whatever choice you finally make, remember the curbside view as well as the impact your interior windows will make on visitors to your home. Modernizing your windows is not difficult if you have the right options from which to choose and expert advice and guidance to achieve the desired effect.