This spring, make your rooms or the exterior of your home look like new by updating your windows! The windows in your home are one of the focal points, so even a small update can completely change the way a space looks. But, updating your windows doesn’t have to cost a fortune.
In fact, sometimes all your windows need is a simple update to transform them and give them a new look. Get creative and find ways you can make small changes that make a big impact. Here are some easy ideas to help get your creative juices flowing.
Add Outdoor or Indoor Shutters
Adding shutters is a very simple way to make the outside of your home look completely different. They can lend a traditional or modern look to your home, depending on the type you choose. Shutters also have a way of making windows look much larger, so if you feel that your windows are out of proportion with the rest of your home, this is a good way to balance things out.
But, shutters don’t have to go on the outside of your home. You can use hinges to hang shutters on the inside of a window so you can open and close them to let in light or create privacy.
With some wood planks, an orbital sander and paint, you can easily make your own custom shutters that perfectly complement your home’s style.
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Install Window Boxes
What’s more charming than window boxes on the outside of a window? Window boxes are very easy to install and can add colour and texture to the outside of your home. One of the biggest benefits of using these to update your windows is that you can easily change the plants out for seasonal looks. Try installing these on all your windows or just one or two as extra accessories.
Add a Canopy
Adding a canopy is another excellent way to update the outside of your windows. You can install these on the front or back of the house, but they are excellent additions over a porch or patio. They add a lot of shade and can make outdoor spaces much more comfortable. Canopies also add a lot of interest and dimension to the outside of your home, which also makes a major change to the way it looks.
Update Your Window Treatments
Updating your windows doesn’t stop on the outside of your home though. When you update your window treatments, you will be changing the look of the entire home. Curtains have a way of adding texture and warmth to a room.
Depending on the type of treatment you choose, you could bring a whole new style to your home. Long drapes, short curtains, valances and Roman blinds each have a different style and can bring a new feeling to a room.
Consider using light, flowing fabrics to make a room feel more airy and heavier, more textured fabrics to make a space feel more cozy. Also pay attention to the colours you use, as they will also contribute to the room’s style.
Window treatments that are installed high on the wall or that extend out from the window can make a room look taller and windows look bigger, so adding window treatments can really make a big difference in a room.
Repaint the Frames
Update your windows and make them look like new by repainting the frames. This is a great project if you feel your windows are starting to look a little worn or the paint is beginning to chip or peel.
However, this is also an easy way to add a new element of style to your window. Try using a colour that contrasts with the colour on the walls to make your windows stand out and add a pop of colour to the room. Of course, you can also go with a more subtle hue for a softer look.
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Add Crown Moulding
Crown moulding adds a classy element to any room. Installing crown moulding is a very easy project you can take on yourself and even do it however you want, giving you the ability to create a completely custom look. Many people use white crown moulding to add a simple and traditional update, but you can also use a contrasting colour for a more unique and bold look.
Install a Window Seat
If you’re looking for a bigger update or a more involved project, try adding a window seat. These are ideal for bay windows, but you can add one to almost any type of window. Window seats add something new to a room and of course, are extremely functional. They add more seating and you can even create one that has storage underneath.
Top off your window seat with some coloured cushions that match your room’s decor. You can even add some pillows for decoration and to make the seat a cozy place to curl up with a good book.
Frost a Portion of a Window
You can pick up a can of frost spray from a hardware store, which is designed to be sprayed onto your window to add some privacy and a textured look. This is perfect for a bathroom or door window, where you don’t want to block out sunlight but still want a little privacy.
You can even use stencils and paper shapes to create a pattern on your windows for a more unique and personalised look. Use painter’s tape to attach a stencil to your window and then use the spray. Or, for a reversed look, affix shapes to the glass and then spray the window. When the frost is completely dry, remove the shapes.
There are literally dozens of ways to update your windows while still sticking to a budget. These projects are easy to do yourself and are easy to alter based on your needs and stye. This spring, update the way the inside and outside of your home looks by taking on one of these easy window-updating projects!
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