There are quite a few things you can do to improve the look of your windows. Whether you decide to install curtains or roller blinds, or even improve the security by using security screens, you can make your windows not only look better but also help keep your home cooler during summer, help trap the warm air during winter and guard your home against intruders.
There are a few different types of blinds that you can choose to have on your windows. Roller blinds are a cheaper option and you can even install them yourself. They come in a wide variety of different colors and patterns, or you can choose to have them custom made, which naturally will be more expensive. Roman blinds also make great window coverings. These are made from fabric and when you open them they fold up at the top of your window. They drop down instead of roll and suit a more casual decor. Among your options are Venetian blinds, which can be made from a variety of materials, including timber. Blinds are great when you don't have much space as they don't take up any room around your windows like curtains do.
Curtains look great in a more formal setting but you can also use them in a less formal room by choosing appropriate fabric. Curtains can be quite expensive, although you can cut costs by buying those made from cheaper fabric without backing. You will find, however, that you will keep your home a lot cooler in summer without having to rely on your air conditioner if you have curtains with the proper backing. You will also notice the difference in winter as the temperature inside your home stays warmer for longer without having to turn your heater up too high. By buying properly backed curtains you may spend more money in the short term but you will save on energy bills in the long run.
Improve the look of the outside of your windows by having retractable awnings. Retractable awnings are great in providing shelter outside your windows. They will keep your windows shaded from the sun in summer, therefore helping keep the inside of your house cooler. You also have an instant sheltered area to sit outside, whether you use it for entertaining or just relaxing in the shade during summer. The bonus is that you can fold it away on cooler days so the sun can come in through your windows and warm your house. With retractable awnings you can quickly change the look of your house.
Having security screens installed on your windows will not only help keep your home safe from intruders but it will also mean that you can open your windows during summer to let the cool breeze through but keep out the insects. You can buy security screens that are tough enough that intruders cannot break in but they don't impede your view of the outside.
Keep Them Clean:
One simple way of improving the look of your windows is to clean them regularly, both inside and out. Buy proper glass cleaner and use either newspaper or a paper towel that doesn't fall apart to wipe them clean.