A dimly lit room is nobody’s best friend. And when it comes to a poorly lit kitchen, your friends may ask just what’s lurking beneath the dreary setting. If you’re not trying to hide anything (let’s hope not, right?) and are only at the mercy of your current lighting and windows, perhaps it’s time for an upgrade. Here are a few tips on how to brighten your kitchen with window upgrades.
Evaluate the State of Your Windows
Before you can think of any cosmetic upgrades, it’s best to first look at how your current windows are working for you. You’ll want to look for any structural damages to your windows and frames, as well as any other signs of wear and tear. Be on the lookout for abundant condensation or fogging, hot and cold spots, drafts and breaking seals. Buying replacement windows may seem like an expense you don’t want to incur, but new windows can help reduce heating and cooling costs, and give your kitchen the bright facelift it deserves.
Pick the Right Window Shape and Size for Your Space
If you’ve decided that new windows are in your best interest, you’ll want to know what your options are for the space you have. There are actually many different types of windows to choose from, some of which will, of course, lend more light than others. For example, a sliding sash window is highly recommended for kitchen spaces. It’s best to get to know all the types of windows available to you, and choose the best type based on your budget, space, and environment.
Paint the Window Trim White
Regardless of the type of window you have and whether it’s new or old, painting the surrounding trim white will automatically give the illusion of a brighter space. White trim will reflect the light pouring in through the window, making it seem as though there is more light in the space. Stores use this trick frequently to make their shelves livelier and friendlier to the shopper. Take a look at the use of lighting and white wall space the next time you’re perusing the aisles of your favorite shop.
Streamline Your Window’s Décor
Minimizing what is hanging on your window will allow the eye to focus on the window and light rather than on what’s surrounding it. You don’t want to create a shroud that draws attention away from the window, but you do want to create a treatment that softly suggests the viewer take a peek outside.
Use your window coverings to frame the window and lightly filter the natural sunlight as needed. You may also want to experiment with different window covering shapes, such as a valance that has some soft curves to counteract the straight lines of your cabinets.
Upgrading your kitchen can be a daunting task, but following these few tips on how to improve your kitchen windows should make the process easier. And who knows? Maybe once the space is brighter, you’ll be more willing to spend time trying out those new recipes you’ve been collecting.
Michelle is a blogger and freelancer. She’s written about almost every topic under the sun, and loves constantly learning about new subjects and industries while she’s writing. In her spare time she enjoys spending time outdoors with her dogs. Follow her on Twitter and Google+.
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