5 Easy Ways to Improve Your Windows This Spring

Windows are the gateways to the outdoors as well as natural focal points in your home, so you might like to have another look at them when it’s time for a makeover. With nature coming back to life, there’s no better time than now to embark on a home beautification project. These five ideas collected by our friends at RENTCafé are meant to help you make the most of your living space, all while inviting spring into your abode.

Go Sheer to Maximize Light

Let the light in this spring by opting for sheer drapes or window treatments in place of the heavier options that were more suitable in the cold season. Sheers allow light to pass through, but still offer you privacy when pulled. Pair them with shades or hang them on their own to lighten up the entire space, giving your room a bright new look.

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Sheer curtains brighten up previously dark spaces. Image: Coast at Lakeshore East apartments in Chicago via RENTCafé

Add Personality with Prints

Shades provide the ultimate in light blocking and privacy, but plain shades can really bring down your decor. New printed shades allow you to introduce color, patterns, and images into your home. Choose from ready made patterns, or go “print on demand” to personalize your space with a picture or photograph of your choosing.

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Printed shades add depth and dimension to rooms. Image via Delia Shades

Add Height to Your Home

If your home has ceilings that are on the low side, use your windows to help create the illusion of height by hanging floor-to-ceiling curtains. And even if your windows are on the small side, opting for larger curtains will trick the eye into thinking that your home is more spacious than it really is.

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Floor to ceiling drapes draw the eye upward, creating the illusion of height. Image: Met Lofts apartments in LA via RENTCafé

Start a Kitchen Garden

No matter how little outdoor space you may have, you can still start a small garden indoors by using your kitchen window. Kitchens have the ideal amount of heat and humidity for growing herbs; place some potted herbs such as oregano, parsley, basil and rosemary on your kitchen window sill to create a mini indoor garden. Many herbs do extremely well in small planters that are about 6-12 inches deep. Not only will you be adding some really cool living décor to your rental, but you’ll also have access to a constant supply of fresh culinary herbs to add savor to your meals.

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Herbs are easy to grow indoors and many can add a decorative touch as well. Image via Flickr

Add Color with Stained Glass Clings

Stained glass is a beautiful way to update a home, but it’s often out of reach for renters. Try stained glass clings to add similar amounts of color, depth, and privacy to your windows but in a temporary, affordable way. Stained glass clings come in all shapes, sizes, and colors, and still allow light to pass through wherever they are hung.

stained glass cling of a cat
Stained glass clings are a fun way to add color and whimsy to a room and create privacy at the same time. Image via MPJewelryGifts

The Smallest Changes Can Make a Huge Difference

Making small changes to your windows can have a big impact on the rest of your décor. This spring, consider updating your windows with one of these five ideas to help brighten up your home.

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