Windows have an absolute kind of power – they make a space, break a space, or can transform it. Not only do windows serve aesthetic and practical purposes, but they serve a symbolic function too: a window is a glimpse of the outside world, a reminder that you are in a safe space and that you have the ultimate ability to cross between your world and the outside one.
But getting it right can be tricky. The options for installing and dressing your windows are endless… Shape, size, colour, theme, era? Follow these simple hints for room-specific advice on your perfect window.
This room is the ultimate opportunity to speak your style to everyone who enters your home. Before beginning, ask yourself these questions:
- What is the climate like? Glass lets in the cold, but it also lets in the light. If you have more chilly days than warm ones, make sure you position your windows to get the right light.
- What phase of life are you in? Is this a bachelor pad, or a family space? Larger windows create an open, warm, spacious feel.
- Can I maintain the up-keep? A larger-than-life window in a high-ceilinged house looks incredible. But are you going to be the one to clean those panes?
This space always has so much going on. Expert advice suggests that to make the most of your kitchen windows, add a splash of colour to them! Whether it be the shades or blinds, or the colour paint you use, pick a pattern, or pick something vibrant to draw people’s eyes to the scenery outside.
A window to the outside world makes everyone feel comfortable, and that’s exactly what you want your guests feeling. To maximise your spare room’s versatility, you should keep your styles and colour tones neutral (or at least something that can be appreciated by everyone) while still offering people the opportunity to have privacy by including good-quality window coverage.
Kids room/play room
Here’s a tip: let your little ones decide! Do they want a window nook to sit and play, or smaller windows far away from their bed so the boogey man can’t reach them?
Bathroom & toilet
This room needs two things, predominantly: ventilation, and privacy. If you can maximise ventilation while maintaining privacy – with, say, the aid of frosted glass perhaps – then you have a winner.