Our homes have got to be one of the most important places we'll ever know in our lifetimes. Providing the backdrop for one's growth and development, our homes serve as pedestals where we, growing up, build our dreams, hone our personalities, nurture our gifts and where we acquire a good number of our most treasured memories.

An essential part of every living space, windows provide our homes the life it needs. Natural light usually flow inside the house or apartment through the windows, same goes for air. But aside from being utterly functional, windows are also a significant element in terms of structure and design. Providing breaks on otherwise plain walls, windows provide life to any room, not just by serving as a passage for air and light but also by providing a plane where variation can be seen.

There are many ways to beautify windows. One of the most traditionally and widely-used method is to use curtains and furniture and accents to bring out the best from them. However, it is important to learn that the practice is not always done correctly. Some of the most common mistakes committed by those attempting to improve their homes using this application include over stuffing their windows with too much stuff, not using the proper colors that match the rest of the house and hanging curtains and drapes that just crowd the breathing space.

However, there are three rules that must be used by anyone who wish to employ the method to improve their window's, and ultimately their room's, aesthetic appeal. These rules serve as guide to help you achieve maximum effect and avoid committing tragic design mistakes. And it all starts with knowing what you want to achieve. Having a definite image, inside your head, of what you wish your window to look like will help you define which colors and items you would want to use.

After coming up with a design, choose the color you want to use. When deciding for a color scheme, consider other colors present inside the room. You obviously don't want to go for a blue brace when the rest of the room's orange. Also, think about the effect you wish to achieve. If you're going for a warm feel, use warm tones. If you're going for a more light and opening effect, then go for neutral and cool tones. It is highly advisable that one uses a color wheel at this point. The color wheel will give you an idea which colors can go together. Rule of thumb, go with what looks good and speaks the design you wish to achieve.

Rugs, curtains and drapes also play important parts in terms of appeal. For drapes and curtains, it is advisable that one chooses light fabrics and plain to minimal patterns (if there are any). This allows the focus to remain on the entirety of the design and not solely on the fabric. It also allows for more air and sun to get inside the room. When choosing rugs, choose colors and patterns that do not go against the floor but still compliments the colors on the window.

Last but not the least is structure. If you're planning on putting a table all sorts of stuff near the window, it is highly advisable that you do not crowd the top. It is important to limit adding things to the point that they cover only near fifty percent of the table's surface. If it's possible, put a vase that has live plants on the table, but don't overdo it. If done properly, this adds life and a sense of coolness and class to whatever room.