A bay window can be a great focal point to design a room around.

September 23rd was the official first day of fall and will likely prompt many homeowners to soon take their home improvement projects indoors and tackle some much needed cosmetic work throughout the house. While there are a number of aesthetic changes that people can make to help their property look its best, there are three core elements of interior design that make a space especially appealing, both practically and decoratively. They are function, mood and personality, and they are relatively easy to implement with some forethought and planning.

rnIt's important to take the time to plan out the key elements of how you want a room to look and feel beforehand. Here are a few things you should keep in mind to make a space as functional as possible:

  • Furniture - Remember that while the furniture that you use are critical to the look, feel and movement of a room, the way you arrange them is just as key. If it helps to first draw out the space on paper and map out how you plan furniture before actually moving anything, then take that step. It will save you time and energy, and give you a better idea of what works best in the room and for your family. It is also important that you keep the ideas of scale and shape in mind when selecting the furniture for any room in your home.
  • Lighting - Many people think of the lighting in a space as an aesthetic element – and it is – but it is also just as important to the function of a room. Whether you are incorporating natural or artificial lighting, illumination affects mood, personality and function. If you want a room to have more natural light, you will want to incorporate new glass windows to let in the sun and make the room pop. Don't forget window treatments, floor lamps and glass entry doors in the central living space for some added personal touches.

rnIf it is true that every home has its own personality, it is also true that every room has its own mood. You can implement both of these principles in your property through a custom combination of colors, furnishings, accents, and patterns. There are two primary ways of doing this:

  • Color: When choosing colors, many homeowners opt to pull inspiration from a statement piece, or major piece of artwork. According to HGTV, "Many times, the colors that are most appropriate are found in the patterns and design of your inspiration piece. Generally, it's best to choose three colors in a room: a dominant color, used for walls, carpeting and fabric backgrounds; a secondary color, found throughout the room in fabrics and accessories; and an accent color, used sparingly to give energy and excitement to the room."
  • Theme: Choosing a unique theme will help you stay on track when purchasing items for the room. If it doesn't fit into the "industrial chic" theme, don't buy it. That being said, you can incorporate your own personality by adding accessories that you love that might be seen as a bit out of the box – a vintage dresser in a contemporary bedroom, for example.

No matter what room you are trying to spruce up, don't underestimate the important role that glass plays in the flow, function and aesthetic of your house. For a more open, clean and fresh feel, contact Valley Glass to learn how we can help you find and install new windows in your home.