How To Make The Most Of Views From Your Home

It’s a good idea to take advantage of your home’s view if you have one. Nothing beats the relaxing and invigorating effect of taking in a view, no matter how ordinary or exotic. It’s not necessary to have a breathtaking ocean backdrop in order to be welcoming, calming, and beautiful – your view could be of rooftops or trees or just about anything else. If you love it and want to make more of it, here are some ways you can do it. 

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Get Bigger Windows

The bigger the window, the more of the view you can see, so it makes sense to use your windows to truly maximize your view. In fact, if you do this well, you might not have to do anything else (although if you want to, there are plenty more ideas, as you’ll see if you read on below). 

There are many different types of windows you can choose from depending on your aesthetic, your budget, and the space you have available to install them. One of the best ideas is to have a floor-to-ceiling window such as sliding glass walls that allow you to see as much of the view as possible. In this case, you’ll need to contact expert picture window installers to ensure you’re getting a high-quality and safe window to enjoy your view from.

Other ideas include bow windows or bay windows, which can look very stylish and will also offer a great way to see the view. They will be limited, however, and if you want to maximize what you can see, a picture window is always your best option. 

No matter what kind of window you choose in the end, make sure you clean them regularly. Nothing ruins a view more than dirty, smudge-covered windows. 

Make The View The Focal Point 

Your absolutely breathtaking vistas ought to serve as the centerpiece of your design strategy. You can accomplish this by directing everyone’s attention to the windows in the room, and even if that sounds like a hard thing to do, it’s actually quite simple.

You just need to arrange the pieces of furniture in such a way that they point toward or surround the window. It is a good idea to put a rug in front of the window or on the floor leading up to it as a way to attract people’s attention to the area. Putting some simple artwork in the spot is another way to keep people’s attention focused there so they notice the view. Once they see it, they’ll have no trouble paying attention to it. 

Use Neutral Colors On The Wall 

Shades that are vivid and eye-catching can divert people’s attention away from your window and the beautiful view outside. Instead of using bright and bold colors, try painting the space in a light neutral color like beige, taupe, gray, cream, brown, or white. You’ll do this for the same reason that art galleries use basic shades; it enables visitors to appreciate the artwork (and in this case, your view) in its most unadulterated form. If nothing else is dragging the eye away, you can truly make the most of the view and enjoy it without any kind of distraction or interruption. 

If you’re changing colors, you can also check to see if the window frame and the moldings around it could benefit from a new coat of paint to bring them back to life. Again, these do need to be plain colors, but why not make the window frame into part of the view? If you paint it a contrasting and darker shade to your walls (perhaps a dark gray against a lighter gray or cream, for example), it will frame the view perfectly and, again, attract people’s gaze to it. 

Be Strategic With Your Lighting

Lighting isn’t simply vital for a space to look attractive; it could also have an effect on how much you enjoy looking out at the scenery. Having big or low-hanging lighting fixtures could block the view, or at least detract from it, and if it’s in your line of sight at any point in the room, it really will literally be in the way. 

Make sure you choose designs that are simple and go for lighting that is not directly in your way at any spot in the room. On top of this, if you can install dimmer switches, you can make sure the view is visible no matter what time of day or night it is or what the weather is like outside just by adjusting how much brightness you have in the room. 

Use Mirrors 

You probably already know that having mirrors in your home makes them lighter and brighter and also makes smaller rooms appear larger. However, they can also help you make the most of any views you might have.

Put a mirror up across from the view, and you’re essentially doubling it. Plus, you’ll be letting in a lot more natural light (especially if you have a picture window, as we mentioned above), enhancing the view even more. 

It’s also a good idea to consider the size and shape of the mirror. The larger the mirror, the more light you’ll get reflected back, but too large a mirror looks strange in a smaller room, so make sure it is going to fit – literally and figuratively. Beveled mirrors are a great choice as well because they let you see the beautiful reflection from more angles.

Choose The Right Window Treatment 

Window treatments can be distracting to the viewing experience, so you should try to avoid using them wherever possible. However, that’s not something everyone will be comfortable with, no matter how stunning the view outside might be. 

In that case, choose blinds or curtains made of lightweight material and neutral colors if you want to hide from the light but still maintain some level of privacy. Having curtains and blinds that can be pulled to the side is a viable option for getting a clear sightline out of the window and across your view.

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