Painter / Decorator

4 Fantastic Window Decoration Ideas You Can Do Today

Often we neglect our windows, since they hold little visual appeal or interest. We generally only think of doing something with them on special occasions, but this doesn’t have to be the case. Your windows don’t have to be dull, boring and samey year-in, year-out. You can create inspirational scenes in your windows to show off your creative flair and increase the curb appeal of your home. Experiment with your interior uPVC windows - or doors!  If you have any doors with glass panels, you could make them your own by decorating or modifying them. Here we have four different ways to decorate your windows so they never bore you ever again!

Snowflake Landscape Delight

Forget about your dusty Christmas window displays you’ve had in and out of boxes for decades. They are out of style, and you know it. You don’t have to keep on going back to the same decorations. Why not make your own this year? You can make amazing personalised cut out snowflakes (find design tips online). Adding fairy lights and little white Christmas trees to your window makes for an inviting scene from the inside and out. We found inspiration on this post, which provides a colour palette and some pictures to help you choose the right decoration theme for your home.

DIY Stained Glass

No need to visit your local church to admire stained glass handiwork - now you can make your own gorgeous stained glass designs at home with some simple materials. Simply source some glass paint (there are many different kinds) and get painting! This is best done on overlays since it will be difficult to remove the paint afterwards - so if you can, find glass overlays for your existing windows that you can add and remove at the drop of a hat. You will have endless personalisation options for every moment in your life. If you get bored with window decoration ideas easily, this is exactly the right thing for you.

staiinedglassdoorRe-paint Your Windows

You might not even need to get replacement windows or even consider fancifying your window game by getting some bay windows or other expensive additions. Nope, you can do the (somewhat) simple task of re-painting your window frames to get a fancy new window effect. For a modern effect, try dark matte colours like basalt. Country style homes will benefit from pastel colours or off-white. Windows are generally painted demure, inoffensive colours but there are no rules when it comes to your own home! Blue windows (like blue shutters) can bring a touch of exoticism, so don’t discount colours you may not have normally considered.

Lace It Up!

You have several options for adding delicate lace designs to your windows if you think they might suit your personal interior style! You can make your own lace overlay very simply using this method, which works fantastically well for privacy purposes and looks downright gorgeous. If you live somewhere that warrants it (or not, whatever floats your boat!), a lace mosquito net will work wonders for your aesthetic and to keep insects at bay. You can make one by carefully measuring and gluing together some plywood strips that will fit inside your window frame, and stapling some pretty lace onto it. When measured right, it will have a snug fit and will keep bugs out so you can keep the windows open at night safely. lace-window There are so many easy ways to spruce up your windows to make them work for you that there is really no reason not to do so. This is especially true if you hate your current windows. If they are not looking great anymore, these are a few things you can do to make them at least look great! Sometimes, hiring a cleaning company like Maid Easy to thoroughly clean them is enough. And then, if this is still not enough, you can always get replacement windows. Decorating your old windows with Crown Molding window trims could tide you over until you get fancy replacement units, so you don’t shudder every time you look at them.

Turn Over A Green Leaf At Your New Home

If you have just moved home or are turning over a new leaf after being inspired by the breathtaking vistas of that recent guided tour of Mont Blanc then this is for you. A new house, new neighbourhood, maybe even new friends. With this move, why not also adopt a new lifestyle and commit to a more environmentally friendly home? There are several benefits of being environmentally conscious—a clean home for future generations, various health benefits, and a good living environment are just a few. However, another big advantage of going green is that there are monetary savings to be had. With less waste and more energy efficiency in your home, you will be able to save money for the more important things in life—family, friends, food, and fun! Here are 4 ways to be more environmentally friendly in your new home:

Proper insulation

One of the biggest culprits of energy waste is a poorly insulated home. This is where windows come in—double glazing reduces drafts and prevents heat loss. As such, you will have to spend less money and energy in running your central heating system. This in turn reduces your carbon footprint and is less of a burden on your pocket. With better insulation, you have a more comfortable home without creating a significant, negative impact on the Earth. A properly fitted window, with double or triple glazing, that is made from recycled materials is the ultimate step to having an energy efficient home. Take a look at window installers in your area so you can benefit from proper insulation in your new home!

window with mosquito netUse green home products

Now is the time to ditch those harsh, chemical cleaning products and use more environmentally friendly supplies. You can buy these at the shop or you can make your own. If you purchase these products from the shop, make sure to go carefully over the ingredients list so that you know you are cleaning with fully natural supplies. With green cleaning products, you reduce both outdoor and indoor pollution and create a healthier living environment for you and your family. These do not have strong chemical scents and are perfect for getting any cleaning job done. Cleaning experts at Maids a la Mode suggest that off-putting odours are one of the main reasons more and more households are adopting green cleaning products. A lot of homeowners have complained that the scent of bleach in chemical cleaners tend to make them feel nauseous, which is not an issue with green cleaning products. Biodegradable detergents, natural all-purpose cleaner concentrate, soft on the skin soaps, and recycled paper towels are easily available. For the more adventurous, you can create your own cleaning concoctions from items you have in your pantry or natural ingredients.

Have a green move

Starting your new green lifestyle doesn’t have to start after you have moved, you can start beforehand! Think about the moving process to your new home—a lot of boxes, wrapping paper, and plastic bags that will only be used once. Luckily, there is a recent trend in the moving industry where you can rent reusable plastic containers that will then be transported by your moving company. These containers are made from recycled materials and are much more environmentally healthy and sturdy than regular cardboard boxes. Also, you should ask your moving company whether they follow any green business practices, such as carbon neutral schemes, alternative fuel sources, and eco-friendly packaging.

green boxesPlant some green friends

One of the best things you can do for a greener lifestyle is to set up a garden. Creating a thriving ecosystem in your backyard is perfect for promoting an environmentally conscious mindset. Why not try growing your own fruit and veg? You will have a good supply of fresh food ready to be added to delicious home-cooked meals. The health benefits are immense. If a full outdoor garden is a bit too much, then don’t worry, you can bring a few plants indoors as well. Plants have multiple benefits—they help purify the air and get rid of any harmful pollutants, reduce stress, and aid in maintaining humidity levels. Having a small garden is easy to maintain. Try placing a few plants that need direct sunlight on your window sill. Bay windows are perfect for plants as they incorporate maximum sunlight into your home.