Enhancing Natural Light
No interior designer has ever heard a homeowner complaining about too much natural light. Sunlight is cheerful, it makes people feel good. With today?s window, you can bring as much sunlight into your home as you like, and at the same time depend upon new options to solve the problem of energy-inefficient windows.
On the style side, windows previously associated with custom designs are now available in standard sizes. Replacing an uninspired double-hung unit with a graceful arch-top design is relatively easy and affordable. In fact, it?s not difficult to change the entire architectural look of a room by simply replacing the windows. Want to transform a 50- year-old space into a stylish contemporary setting? Exchange an old window with a sleek aluminium unit. Also, where there is no place to add a window, bring natural light in with a operable skylight.
But when considering a replacement window for a specific room, it?s important to keep in mind the architectural style both of the exterior of the house and of the other windows. If you choose a look that?s different, select one that?s at least compatible. Windows are placed on the exterior of a house in a certain pattern. If you change either the window style or pattern of placement in one room, you may inadvertently create an eyesore on the outside of your home.
Also consider the direction the window face in terms of the sun throughout the day. While a southern exposure offers the most sunlight, your room may get too hot? especially during the summer? unless the window is covered. Windows that face west receive lots of light in the late afternoon, which may be perfect for when the kids do their homework at the table. On the other hand, if early risers need a jolt of sunshine to get them up and running, they will appreciate a window that faces east.
About the Author: Damien Pfirsch is the founder of http://www.asiannoouveau.com, an online initiative promoting contemporary Asian decor accents and Asian furniture. Based in Bangkok, Thailand, the website gives Asian decor accents and furniture producers international exposure to buyers and media looking for the latest Asian design trends.