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August 4, 2015
9 Strategies to Make a Small Space Look Bigger

9 Strategies to Make a Small Space Look Bigger

Chicago Casement Windows

You have a small bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, or living room. And while you don't hate the space, it still frustrates you. You have so many grand and decorative ideas for the room, but you can't bring any of them to fruition because you simply can't fit them. So you grumble and stew, and you think longingly about the day you'll buy another house.

However, with the strategies we've listed below, you don't have to wait that long. You can make your small room appear more spacious (and fit more décor) if you follow the tips below.

1. Make your windows larger.

Most of the tips on this list involving bringing more light into your home. Light doesn't just brighten a space and make it more attractive. It also makes your rooms look bigger. So, if you don't mind a small remodel, make your windows larger. You'll create the illusion of even more space if you make them taller rather than wider, but either strategy works in this situation.

2. Add more windows.

Alternatively, you can add more light by increasing the number of windows in the room. With more windows, your wall looks more textured and visually interesting. You also have more sills on which to place plants and other décor, if you so desire.

3. Change your windows' style.

Certain window styles also make your rooms look larger. For example, bay and bow windows project away from your house, so they literally give you more space. They also have more glass, and that glass sits at multiple angles. The increased surface area brings more light into your home, creating the illusion of more space as well.

4. Remove window treatments.

Curtains, blinds, shades, and other treatments make your windows look decorative. They also give you privacy. However, they create a solid barrier that keeps light from enhancing the room. They also divide the space on your wall and make it look full or cluttered. Your bedroom or kitchen will appear larger instantly if you remove window treatments.

5. Use mirrors.

Mirrors accomplish the same thing as windows in regards to making your rooms seem bigger. Simply put them on the wall across from your windows. They'll reflect light into even more nooks, crannies, and corners until the room looks spacious.

6. Opt for recessed lighting.

When lights jut out of the wall or ceiling, they don't occupy a lot of literal space. However, they do occupy a lot of visual space, and they make the ceiling seem lower. Add a little extra height and install recessed lighting. Purchase fluorescent light bulbs to make the area seem lighter as well.

7. Paint your walls with white or other light colors.

Windows, mirrors, and lights accomplish a lot when you want to expand a space. But if your walls still sport dark, rich colors, they'll appear heavy and close. On the other hand, light colors make the walls seem farther away. They also enhance the light that enters through your windows. White works best, but pale pastels also work well.

8. Install light carpet.

Just as you should have light walls and a light ceiling, you should have a light floor as well. Switch out that dark blue rug and purchase something light and neutral instead.

9. Remove dark dividers.

Solid shower curtains, folding screens, bookshelves, and other dividers make a space seem cluttered. If you can remove the divider altogether, do so. However, you won't have that option if you want your bathroom to seem larger. You still need a shower curtain. However, you can purchase a clear curtain instead. You can also build a glass shower wall. The glass option allows light to pass into the shower area, which means the room will appear larger.


Use the tips above to make any small space look bigger. Once you've followed these steps, your room will appear plenty spacious enough for all your decorative aspirations. Get started by calling your window and electrical experts.

April 25, 2016
Five Kinds of Bay Windows and How You Can Dress Them Up

Five Kinds of Bay Windows and How You Can Dress Them Up

So you're thinking of installing new windows. You've meticulously checked out each room in your house and looked at different window styles at a window store. You want something practical, but gorgeous. Bay windows give you the best of both worlds. Here are the five kinds we recommend.

1. Circle Bay

A circle bay window is technically a smaller version of a bow window. It's a tight, circular-shaped alcove on the ground floor of your home. Circle bays are a fantastic addition to a first-floor master bedroom or your dining room.

Best Look for This Style: Circle bays typically feature floor-to-ceiling windows. Use this to your design advantage, choosing long and lean drapes that make the ceiling look higher. For your bedroom, try soft colors like earth tones. For your dining room, try elegantlooking, flat Roman shades.

2. Angled Bay

Angled bay windows form a polygonal shape that extends from your living room, dining room, or kitchen. They increase the floor space of your home and often require foundation work during installation. The most common style of bay window, angled bays also come in smaller forms, such as versions that sit above the kitchen sink.

Best Look for This Style: Paint the walls on either side of the angled bay a dark, bold color like midnight blue. Add flowers and other eye-catching plants outside the window. Then, top it all off with pleated shades to manage light admittance and dark, bold-colored drapes on either side of the window.

3. Oriel Window

This window protrudes from the second floor, giving your home a palatial look. Oriel windows can be either rectangular or round. Because an oriel window adds so much texture to your home's architecture, it's arguably the most dramatic style of bay window.

Best Look for This Style: Give the oriel window the dramatic window treatment it deserves. Choose a floor-to-ceiling curtain, either having it kiss the floor or puddle three additional feet past floor length. Silks, embroidered fabrics, and other elegant materials complete this luxurious look.

4. Box Bay

The box bay features the same shape as the oriel window, a rectangular form with a curved top. The key difference between these styles are the floors where you can find them. An oriel window sits on an upper floor, creating a turret-like addition above the ground floor. By contrast, the box bay sits on the ground floor only, generally in the living room or dining room.

Best Look for This Style: Give your box bay window a minimalist look. This style's appeal comes from its angular shape and the natural light it invites in, so use sheer white or neutral drapes that you can tie back or light-colored shutters that you can open or close for privacy. You could also choose to leave this window without any window treatments.

5. Sit-In Bay

You can add a sit-in section to any of the aforementioned bay window styles. Sit-in bays require a little more attention to detail to decorate.

First, consider how that space will be used. Will your children sit in that nook and read? Or will it be largely decorative? Then, decide on how deep you'd like your nook to be and which kind of seating you'd like to offer there. Would you prefer a long, wooden bench? Would you prefer comfortable, overstuffed sitting pillows?

Best Look for This Style: Because this is a functional space, you'll want to be practical with your design choice. Try composite shutters, which will decrease the natural light when you aren't using the sit-in bay. To add a little flare, dress up this window with brightly colored valances and Roman shades that match the window seat's pillows.

As you start an interior design makeover for your home, review our guide to bay windows and the treatments that highlight them. Then, visit a Chicago-area window company for all of your window replacement needs.

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