Usually when we think of curb appeal, we consider details like attractive landscaping, a welcoming front door, and pleasing exterior colors – not indoor window treatments. While gorgeous draperies in the living room and plantation shutters in the kitchen usually have nothing to do with each other, outside, they do. This is especially true if you’re trying to sell your house. Mismatched window treatments, or ‘Skittles windows’ as some industry professionals call them, can quickly downgrade your home’s look. At Strickland’s Home, our design experts always consider window treatments from every angle. Here are a few ways to increase curb appeal with window treatments.
- Neutralize them. One foolproof way to up curb appeal is to choose a simple neutral color for all street-facing windows – like cream or white. This is an especially attractive choice for a beach house with white trim outside. Of course, you don’t have to white-out all of your window treatments. They’re also available with white liners, so even if you see wooden Roman shades or patterned draperies on the inside, the street sees clean white. If you’re considering a window treatment project, be sure to ask your designer about window lining options.
- Pick a Color. If neutrals don’t work for you, you could choose another color for all of your street-facing window treatments. Matching wooden blinds, shades, and shutters could give your home a nice traditional or rustic look, while any color could be chosen to match your home’s style and color scheme, like charcoal shutters. While you’re at it, you could choose interior window treatments that match the exterior, such as dark wood shutters for a home with dark outdoor shutters or trim.
- Choose a Base. One way to ensure curb appeal and an affordable energy bill is to choose a base window treatment for all of your home’s windows. You can easily hide away energy-efficient blinds with draperies or pick a neutral Roman shade that matches decor throughout your home. Plantation shutters effortlessly match windows without taking away attention from attractive draperies. With a layered window treatment design, you have a wider range of control over light-filtering, insulation, and style – inside and outside the house.
Wow, Look at Those Windows!
Increasing curb appeal with your window treatments is easy to do when you have a unified plan and strategy. At Strickland’s Home, our designers can help you decide on window treatments that work for your entire home, from the inside and the outside. To get started, contact us for a free on-site consultation or visit our showroom to take a look at our offerings.