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Your windows are an essential architectural feature, letting in natural light while giving you a clear view of the outside. They’re also one of the first things others notice about your home. Fortunately, you can make your windows add to the overall appeal of your home. And there are things you can do to the windows to totally transform interior rooms. Here are four easy ways to make your windows stand out.

Choose the Right Blinds

Blinds may protect your privacy, provide insulation or soften natural sunlight. However, there is an incredible number of types of blinds that do all of this. You should choose blinds that perform these functions while looking great, ideally matching your decorative theme.

For example, vertical blinds tend to work well with glass doors, but small windows do well with wooden blinds that accent their shape. Shutters brighten any room, while wooden shutters add rustic charm. Shutters work well in almost any situation since they let in light when the slats are lifted but give you privacy when pulled down. However, there are many different options.

If you’re looking for inspiration, check out Next Day Blinds on Twitter. For example, maybe your bedroom needs solar shades instead of blinds to give you a great view while blocking glare, while blackout shades let you sleep though as the morning sun streams into that room. Roller shades can also be a great choice if you’re looking for something more versatile. You can put roller shades in every room and then dress them up with curtains and valances that match each room’s color scheme.

Put in a Window Seat

A window seat outfitted with cushions and pillows creates an inviting space to sit and enjoy the view or curl up with a good book. Almost any large window can be adapted to include a window seat. It has the side benefit of providing a private space to chat or adding more seating to the room.

Start a Window Garden

Many plants will grow on your windowsill. Adding a window garden will add lovely, fresh greenery to the room. It can merge the view of the outdoors with the rest of the décor. The flowers and plants may make the room smell good too. Another benefit of a window garden is that it doesn’t cost much money.

Update Your Drapes

While people may focus on the window frames and shutters, you can dramatically alter the appearance of any window by updating your drapes. Brightly colored or patterned drapes will draw the attention of anyone entering the room. They’re also easy to change out if you don’t like the color or want to add more layers. Drapes are a good way to liven up a room with a neutral palette, or you can add class by putting in drapes with subtle accents. Note that you can use drapes to cover up blackout curtains so you can sleep during the day or pick blackout curtains that match your home’s décor.

Conclusion

If you want to quickly and easily change the look of a room, start with the windows. These few tips will allow you to give you room your second life and won’t cost you much either.