Budget-Friendly Ways to Transform the Look of Your Home’s Windows

by Peter SawyerJune 15, 2018

There’s a reason why we sometimes get bored of our homes. After all, we get used to seeing them day in and day out, so sometimes a particular room (or rooms!) may begin to feel lackluster. Adding new décor and furniture can bring back some of the magic, but that can be expensive and you might not even have the room (or budget) to do even that. One of the most neglected features of a home are its windows. After all, they’re our view to the outside world, but they also help define our home on the inside and out. If you’re looking for a good way to spruce up your home, consider updating your windows. There are plenty of easy ways to do it on a budget: here’s how.

The Obvious

If you’ve been living in the same home for years and have swapped out furniture and changed wallpaper, you’ve probably considered lots of ways to revamp your home. Sometimes, however, it’s easy to overlook something as simple as changing the curtains. Or if you don’t have any, try adding some. Want to block out some sun and have a dramatic look? Try suede or velvet. Prefer letting more sun in? Go with linen or cotton. Then it’s just a matter of deciding on a look that works for you. There are endless options out there, you just have to narrow down what will complement your setup.

Fun with Frames

Even if you’re happy with your drapes, there are plenty of other ways to make your windows stand out even more. Keep in mind that not all window frames can be painted, so if you have vinyl or PVC windows, you’re not going to want to paint those. But, if you have wooden or fiberglass frames, you can have a lot of fun. Contrast is key when it comes to color pops, so if you have a color theme going on that room, you may want to tap into that. Otherwise going dark against lighter walls will help draw the eye.

Light ‘Em Up

A fun way to doll up your windows on the cheap is to hang some led curtain lights.

These are ideal for winter (you can always rotate curtains for seasons) and look great at night! And if you don’t have an outlet near your windows, not to worry — you can always get some solar strings to self-power.

Go Rustic

If curtains aren’t your thing, shutters are another great option. You can get them for the exterior or interior and they come at a reasonable price. They can give you the privacy you want or allow plenty of natural light. And unlike curtains, they aren’t going to tear (or if you have cats, they won’t get clawed up) and they’re built to last, so you’ll have them for a while. Plus, if you’re artistic, you can paint interesting designs and add personal touches to them.

An Unexpected Touch

Perhaps you have a bit more of an unusual sense of style and find curtains and shutters too typical. There are other ways to add something to your window to help define it. One way is to add shelf brackets to help frame it. This is purely decor, but brackets with filigree can add some gothic elegance to an unassuming window.

Translucent Transformation

Another way of making a strong statement with your windows is playing with the very thing that makes a window a window—the glass itself. Window film will do just that. It can give you all sorts of looks, from a frosted view to the appearance of etched glass to faux stained glass at a fraction of the cost. You’ll still get plenty of sunlight with the added bonus of privacy. There’s a lot of options out there, but to make sure you’re up for the challenge, check out a tutorial before tackling this project yourself. But if you’re worried about air bubbles, you can always bring in a pro.

It’s easy to accept windows as they are, but you don’t have to. Some simple changes can really revamp not only the window, but the feel of the room itself. There are so many ways of making the most out of an ordinary window, it just takes a little imagination!

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