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Posted on Aug 30, 2019 by Sam Heer

Let Your Windows Shine: Top Ideas for Treatment-Less Windows

There are only three reasons why you would use window treatments: the room is in public view, the room is too bright at times or the view is too bland. Other than that, there really is no reason for you to hide your beautiful windows. In this blog, Renewal by Andersen® of Central Illinois shares ideas on how to style your windows without window treatments.

Dark Sashes

Dark-colored sashes “frame” a view and draw the viewer’s attention to the center of the window. If you have casement or picture windows that face a spectacular view, dark sashes without window treatments can be the room’s main visual element. Black is one of the best all-around colors—in fact, it’s one of our most popular interior color options—however, consider dark green frames if the view is mostly lush vegetation.

Elegant Moldings

Many people underestimate the power of elegant molding. If your home has existing molding with an interesting profile, try to replicate it on the window trim. One way to emphasize the intricacies of the molding is to paint it the same color as the wall, but with a different finish. For example, glossy molding against matte walls create an interesting visual texture that can’t be replicated with window treatments. When looking for replacement windows, ask the window contractor if they can replicate the molding profile for the window trim.

Window Shelves

Open upper shelves are fast becoming a trend. If you have limited kitchen storage space, window shelves are a great way to increase storage. They also add visual interest to existing window kitchens while doing away with window treatments. You have to be careful with the window shelf placement, as you should still be able to open and close your windows when you need to. One thing to remember about open shelving is that you have to plan whatever you will place on the shelves, otherwise it may look cluttered.

Renewal by Andersen of Central Illinois is your leading provider of replacement windows. Give us a call at (866) 693-6707 or fill out our contact form. We serve customers in Springfield and Decatur, IL.


"I would recommend RBA of Central Illinois for QUALITY windows and doors. Compared to our old cheap, thin vinyl windows, Andersen blows them away. You can easily tell by how well the sliding doors fit and close, and how heavy duty they are. We also cannot hear the wind rushing through the house in inclement weather anymore! And the black window frames we went with are amazing to look at. Aaron, Al, Darrell, and Cory all were professional and went all out to finish the job, given the weather they had to deal with. I would definitely recommend. They were also on top of communicating with me given the weather delays, and what I could expect for them coming out. Five stars!"

Eric L.

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