New replacement windows are one of those home improvement projects that can make an immediate impact on the look and feel of your home. The inside of your home will feel quieter and less drafty, and the exterior will look updated and refreshed. When you have new windows installed, it is also a great time to add some details that will really help your replacement windows stand out.
If you’ve been in older homes, what stands out most is the details—trims and other decorative elements—that newer homes often don’t have. When you hear people talk about the “character” of older homes, this is what they’re referring to. If you have a newer home, there are things you can do to your replacement windows to add some of the character elements your home may be lacking. Below are a few ideas:
Adding wood trim around your windows is a fairly simple project that can make a huge difference in the look of a room. Most of the time, this involves adding head and side casings, crown molding at the top, and an apron at the bottom (if there isn’t one already installed). There are tutorials all over the internet if you are of the DIY persuasion, or you can hire someone to design and install it for you. Either way, for not much money, you can really make your new replacement windows stand out and look like they have always been a part of your house, while at the same time adding character and value to your home.
Cornice boards are simple window treatments that can be made of either wood or upholstered fabric that matches your room’s décor. Simple wood cornice boards can be purchased at home improvement stores in many different sizes to fit your replacement windows, or you can make your own if you’re handy. Upholstered cornices can be ordered online or made by a professional upholsterer, of which there are many in the San Diego area.
Shutters and Blinds
For some homeowners, shutters or blinds are simply functional additions that keep out unwanted sun or heat. But they can also be decorative and add a great deal of architectural interest to your replacement windows. Wooden plantation shutters are a popular choice for many San Diego homeowners, as they have a classic look, and can be custom made to fit your specific replacement windows. Plantation shutters are also considered a desirable home upgrade to many homebuyers, should it ever come time to sell your San Diego home.
The simplest and probably least expensive way to dress up your new replacement windows is to add curtains or drapes. They come in many colors and sizes off the shelf at department stores or home décor stores, or you can order custom curtains or drapes. They are easily installed and add instant visual interest to a room.
There are many other ways to dress up your new replacement windows—these are just a few of the most popular.
To get started updating your home with replacement windows, give us a call at BM Windows, or contact us today.