The Importance of Windows in Interior Design

Ah, windows – the eyes to the world! In interior design, windows do not only offer views, they also provide light. As we all know, light is life.

As interior designer Annette Frommer always says, “light is essential for healthy living and for a sense of well being.” It is for this reason that windows must be given their proper place in interior design. Even without consciously understanding it, we feel so much better when we are in a room where lots of natural light comes shining through. Conversely, when we are in a dark space, we feel sad and dreary.

There are a plethora of possibilities when choosing windows – there is a great array of window designs that will complement and enhance any given space within a home.  As for curtains or window treatments, the possibilities are truly infinite.

Here are some ideas for how to use windows in interior design:

Use the window to frame an exterior view

If you have a gorgeous view, take advantage of it.  Use the window as a picture frame. You can choose a color and structure that suits the setting and the feeling that you are trying to convey. The window can act as a focal point in this type of space.

Opening a roof with a skylight  

Skylights are a wonderful way of letting natural light in a space. Often ceilings can be overlooked when designing a home. When possible, and if the budget allows it, skylights not only provide privacy, but they also shed light into rooms that might not have enough space for a proper window. Skylights are a fantastic design feature, especially when combined with window treatments and when it’s necessary to free some wall space.

Windows come in many shapes and sizes

It is always interesting to see where windows are placed on walls and what sizes are chosen. Interior designers don’t often have a choice regarding the type and size of windows, since there are no hard rules that apply. But the choices made have a huge impact on the look, ambience and feel of a space.

Note the eye-catching and custom-shaped window configuration

Window dressing/curtains

Curtains are what dress the windows and fabrics, so they are an extremely important element.

According to interior designer Annette Frommer, “curtains not only adjust the light coming through a window, they also provide style and color and actually tie together the different decorative elements of a space to beautifully enhance it”

Thus, Frommer believes that it is crucial to understand the style of your space. Ask yourself – is it modern, traditional, rustic? Are you looking for an elegant look or a more stylish or trendy statement?

Fabrics have advantages and disadvantages. Some are easier to upkeep, and others are high maintenance. These factors must be taken into account when matching curtains to the character and style of the space.

For example: Cotton curtains are casual and inexpensive. They allow lots of light to come through, thus making the room feel happy and bright. The disadvantage of cotton curtains is that they wrinkle easily.

Linen has a textured kind of weave that elegantly diffuses light, while silk blended with linen combines the relaxed nature of linen with the shimmering luster of silk. Water on these fabrics can cause spots, so you must be extra careful.

To conclude: Windows contribute greatly to the overall design scheme of a space.  They add a dose of decorative style that enhances the look of the room they inhabit, so choose wisely!

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