Refresh Your Perspective

Posted by Mary Sweigert ~ July 11, 2008

So, whats in a window? Maybe more than you think. What sunny days do for your mood, windows can do for your house. I'm a huge proponent of natural light. Not only will it cut down on your electricity bill, it can lift your spirits as well. Especially if you live in an area that can be sunlight challenged (my fellow Portlanders may be able to relate) and you're looking for ways to feel better in your house during those long winter montsh (and who isn't?) new windows may be just what you need.

Are you after some more UV rays, but nervous about the privacy factor? Not only can draperies be a fun and creative option, you can cut down on potential peepers entirely by going the skylight route, an especially appealing option for bathrooms. Bathrooms are the places you need the most privacy so it makes sense that these tend to be spaces that end up windowless more often than others. The skylight is a great example of a way you can get the best of both worlds for your bathroom design.

Wake Things up With Windows

I also tend to think that windows belong everywhere, big ones. This trend seems to be popping up more and more in eco-friendly buildings, and it's a great way to brighten up your home and take advantage of the natural resources right in your own backyard:

Photo Credit: Neil Kelly

If you're worried about how adding windows would fit into a more urban lifestyle, this is where looking into different options for window treatments will come in handy. Drapes and shades offer an incredibly flexible way to chose how much light you allow in, and how much, or little, the neighbors will be able to check out your digs.

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