We've been spending a lot of time inside over the past 18 months, and as a result much of our interaction with the outside world has been through windows. This isn't ideal if your outlook is not the best, so windows expert at Victory Blinds Stuart Clark shares these tips for improving the view.
1. Fake it until you make it
The fake window challenge on TikTok saw users get amazing views for very little effort. To copy the trend, you need to project a video or image of a window scene on a blank wall in your home. It could be a beach outlook, a bush setting, or a favourite landmark. If you don't have a projector, secure a print of a scene to the edges of the window.
2. Go bold with dressings
Dramatic dressings can embellish and frame a boring window while adding character to your home. Perfect for windows of all shapes and sizes, curtains and drapes are a timeless classic, and practical roller blinds enhance almost any home, including contemporary, classic and period styles. If you really don't like your view, cover it up with sheer curtains which will conceal the outside while still letting in light.
3. Use distractions
Hanging bunting across the top of your window or using nature and placing flowers on your window sill will create a focal point and brighten up your window. If you have limited space, you could hang plants from the ceiling in front of your window at different heights, which will obscure your view while ensuring you still get light in the room.
4. Stained glass
Stained glass can suit any home as designs can be traditional or more modern. You could place a few beautiful stained glass designs in your window or totally cover certain panels which can partially obscure your view but still let the light in.
5. Reinvent your outside space
If you have any space outside your window you could add some bright upcycled furniture or some colourful plants to enhance the view. Alternatively, other decorative features such as fairy lights don't take up any space but can create a cosy and homely ambiance. If there's something from your neighbours house or garden that makes your view worse, perhaps try speaking with them to explain your situation.
6. Use mirrors
Mirrors are great at deflecting attention away from less desirable views out of your window. If you have space next to your window, putting a mirror there will reflect items from the other side of the room, such as a striking painting or a vase of flowers. Mirrors can also reflect light and make smaller spaces appear larger.