Stagers know that the lighter and brighter a property is during showings the more likely it is to grab potential buyers. Light and bright make a home welcoming and cheerful. If you look at photos of staged properties many times you see that windows are left “naked” or treated with very light sheer panels. Dressing your windows lightly is one of the most affordable and easy things you can do to update the look of your rooms. In my own home I have several naked windows. They are framed and trimmed nicely. I love the way they look and make the room feel. Luckily I live where I have a fair amount of privacy so I’m less likely to have neighbors or someone seeing in from the street.
That’s not always the case in most urban and suburban spaces where houses and condos are right on top of each other…so close you could see your neighbor brushing his teeth. Many builders add large windows in private areas such as bathrooms. Even if the view is great who feels comfortable with all that exposure? Often times these windows are odd shaped and could require a fortune in custom treatments to adequately dress them to provide privacy and style. Blinds and drapes can weigh down spaces. I do like the look of natural woven wood and bamboo shades. They add texture and interest but they can be very pricey even if your windows are standard off the shelf size which is almost always not the case. They are also hard to keep dirt and dust free unless you have the time to clean constantly.
There is another more affordable option that can be both stylish and add privacy without blocking out light. Window film is an easy DIY product and is very affordable. Rolls can be purchased in a variety of widths and lengths to fit even odd windows and doors. It can be one way where you can see out but no one can see in. There is some cutting to fit involved but it is easily applied and removed at will. You will never be stuck with something heavy and expensive to replace like drapes and blinds that collect dust and outlive trends that have come and gone. It's also great if you are renting and don't want to damage walls or waste money on treatments you can't take with you to the next place.
Window film is widely available at most home improvement stores but design selection can be limited. There are on line options galore. You can find these beautiful patterns at Modern Window Film. Check it out and let there be light!
Ana Hitzel is the owner of AccentPositives. Visit our Face Book page for more tips and information and don't forget to hit the LIKE button!
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