03 February 2016

How to Make More of Your Windows

The windows of our homes are like the eyes of the house or apartment in that they control the amount of light we receive. They also contribute to the amount of warmth and coolness. How we deal with them makes a tremendous difference to the way we feel about our rooms. They have a direct bearing on the ambience of any space. When we have windows that are overlooked, we also have to find a balance between seeing out and being seen.

Letting in Light--

This is perhaps the primary function of the window. Any house or building will be facing in a certain direction. Depending on where you live, you will get the sun in the morning or the evening. This has implications on how you can make the most of your living arrangements.

The amount of light you receive has a direct effect on your wellbeing and health. As technology has advanced, we have developed more efficient and better windows. This gives us the option of installing larger windows to make more of the light.

If you are undergoing renovation, for example, older windows can easily be replaced with new more efficient versions. You might also install windows that are larger, or even replace windows completely with ranch sliders. Installing double glazing is standard in new houses. These windows are far superior and prevent heat loss during the colder months.They also keep homes cooler during the summer.

Maximizing Light Without Compromising Security

Window coverings are an essential way for us to deal with privacy, security, and also heat and warmth. Curtains were originally designed to keep rooms warmer and to some extent that is still their primary purpose.

With the advent of newer hi-tech windows, the idea of a big old heavy pair of curtains has diminished somewhat.These are also difficult to clean and can hold a lot of dust. If you have an allergy sufferer, then you might need to replace them with something easier to maintain.

Blinds are the most modern solution. A slatted horizontal blind is the most common variation. These can be made of wood or plastic. Earlier blinds tended to have problems with the mechanisms which were often faulty. Today that is not so much of a problem. A classic blind can be made of bamboo or hardwood. These can be a lovely touch in a classical style room. They also suit a more modern style apartment. Blind cleaning can easily be contracted out. Otherwise, they are pretty much maintenance free and easy to operate.

Roman blinds have more of a fabric feel, so they're a great compromise between curtains and blinds. The fabric can be a sumptuous as you like. They can play a role in any luxury room conversion. As they rely on a good structure, it is easy for these blinds to be raised completely and lowered again to the degree you need. Vertical blinds are less common. They tend to be used as an alternative to the traditional net curtain.

Whatever you choose, try and keep all window sills as clear as possible. Wipe down or wash your window hangings to keep dust at bay. Ensure that you have the best window covering you can to maximize all of that lovely light and give you the security and privacy you need.

1 comment:

Marc Spring said...

Hi Melissa,

Nice article.

I'd also ensure that the windows have adequate ventilation even when closed as inadequate ventilation is a prime cause of poor quality air which can lead to mould and allergies etc.