In today’s day and age, many homes are multifunctional spaces doubling up as a workspace as well as cozy living spaces. Keeping that in mind, minimalistic and functional trends come in super handy when it comes to décor. Windows become an important aspect when it comes to décor and adding a pop, if treated right they can be utilised to create some unique effects.
Window treatments are a serious aspect of décor but this is often overlooked. Windows have the ability to be functional, a pure décor idea or both, depending on the space and the amount of natural light that the window provides, opines architect Parul Khanna. She suggests, “Be it just drapes, shades or simple shutters there are a host of ideas to transform windows. Today cities are growing and houses are becoming smaller, if you have a small space the need would be to optimise light and space and in this situation, you can opt for slim blinds. Organic woven fabrics ensure that space feels light and airy. Another option is the use of sheer curtains for maximum light and it will keep from the room feeling closed off. Cushions too can be used innovatively on the window ledge to create an awesome seating space. If you live in a concrete jungle like Mumbai or Gurugram and want to keep closer to nature then use roman blinds with botanical-printed Roman shades. The vibe can be kept alive with shades like greens, blues, and fresh or silk florals. In addition, plants add a cool and calming factor to the interiors. Hanging plants indoors can be the ultimate space-saver—and looks great too. In addition, plants add natural beauty and freshness while at the same time bringing a little of the outdoors inside.”
Plants like bamboo, palms, lilies, and daisies do really well indoors at the same time improve the air quality. Bedrooms require a different treatment, and hence neutral curtains which immediately add the cosy factor can be used to create a calming, soft space. “If you want to add some pizzazz, tall drapes also create great contrasts and make the room look bigger. Bold colours are a great choice for these. Windows, as we said, are a great way to add character to the room however when we look at the maintenance of the windows it should be swift and easy. In case you don’t have any time to clean your windows it would be best to hire help and clean it once in a while. In addition, the use of recycled materials to grow plants can form an interesting aspect,” adds Khanna.
A window is a very powerful component in the architectural detail of the house therefore how we dress up the window is very essential towards enhancing not only architecturally but also the aesthetic details of the interior space. Window dressing is an integral part of the interior aesthetics which comprises of the basic feature of curtains and blinds, mentions Shabnam Singh. Speaking about that, she says, “The style of hardware that is being used in windows today is a very interesting mix. Moving away from the classic wooden chowkhats and architraves towards UPVC and metal finishes, and furthermore towards automation for window operations. It is becoming another feature interestingly used in modern-day homes. For window maintenance, the hardware that we use defines the success of the mechanics of opening and closing the window.”
While there are different kinds of windows, the most popular among décor lover is the French window. The French window transforms the room and lends a luxurious touch to the room, believes interior expert Pooja Gupta. She explains, “A French window is a type of fenestration which serves the function of a door and window simultaneously. In simple words, the French window is a door fitted with pane(s) of glass. The glass panels allow light into the interior spaces and provide a magnificent view of the exterior surroundings. This makes the French window most suitable for outer walls which overlook the garden, pool, patio, terrace or balcony. It creates a soothing effect by bringing nature close to the interiors. During the day, it lights up the interiors, whereas at night the building glows through these windows. Hence, it is an excellent interior element which scores high on both aesthetic and functional aspects.”
Windows cater to the most scientific and important requirements of the architectural practicality. Decor tricks that are easily applied DIY are increasing lengths of window curtains or blinds by hanging either from the ceiling to the sill (base of a window or door) level which helps in providing extra height to the room.
“Classifications for windows broadly would cover what element or purpose it is describing. For example, is it only for light and ventilation or can we also do value-addition to it? One of the simplest ways of adding depth to a window is to try and increase its length without doing any structural changes; therefore the blinds or drapes are managed in such a way that the lengths are increased. In such case, instead of hanging drapes from the window-sill level you could actually do ceiling suspensions for curtains,” sums up Shabnam Singh.