Most of the time when we (homeowners and remodelers alike) think about home design our focus is on what’s inside the home. Whether it’s a kitchen remodel, a renovation of the family room, or a master bathroom remodel, we tend to pay attention to how the room functions and feels inside—and that’s a good thing.
One of the broad, major trends in home design over the past few years has been to incorporate more natural light into homes. Part of the reason is that natural light creates a warmer, more welcoming atmosphere than any electrical light can hope to match. But there’s also a move to actually bring what’s outside the home inside the walls—at least visually.
One way to accomplish that is to reconfigure one wall of a room almost entirely with windows or glass doors that extend from floor to ceiling. The effect can be quite dramatic—especially if you have a great view from inside.
We tend to think of using large windows in living rooms or family rooms (and they can be great there), but take a look at the dramatic effect a large window has on this galley-style kitchen we recently remodeled.
Another room where views are sometimes overlooked is the master bathroom. Obviously, privacy is an issue, but if you happen to have a master bath on an upper level with an unobstructed view (and with no chance of someone looking in), using a large window near a soaking tub can create a beautifully soothing and relaxing environment.
Naturally, it’s important to take the bright Florida sun into consideration—both visually and for keeping your home cool. But today’s windows are much more efficient at keeping glare and harmful UV rays out—while letting natural light in. And companies such as Lutron make beautiful window treatments that can enhance the décor of your room and be used to provide you protection and privacy.
As you think through your remodeling project, you’ll want to pay attention to what’s inside, but don’t forget to let the outside in as well, because sometimes Nature is the best decorator of all!