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Make your home brighter for Christmas by adding a Fake Window

By Edited Nov 9, 2016 5 10

Christmas is a time to brighten your home


Christmas is a time for frivolity and good cheer and at the same time to commemorate the birth of Christ although that was not his actual date of birth it was chosen to represent the solace of winter. Now it is traditionally celebrated on the 25th December in most countries although some celebrate on different dates. Yes that is why it is a time to remember and a time for celebration of his life.

If you are intending to celebrate then you may want to brighten your home up by adding an extra bit of light into your home this Christmas. Many of the older style homes are built without enough natural light.

This can often cause people to feel depressed when sitting in a darker room. Do not despair you can improve the lighting in a room, although some ideas are more expensive than others. You do not have to go out and wreck the wall and install a new window; the idea is to make your home brighter for Christmas by adding a fake window.

As you are creating this yourself, you do not need to go with the conventional square window. Why not try the large porthole look for a bathroom or a long narrow window higher on the wall for a games room. If it is high it will be less likely for anyone to notice it is a fake. Whatever you do it will change an otherwise dreary room into a room with character.

You can choose an ocean scene or a bush or forest view. Or you may wish to have it appear like a natural scene with your homes own surroundings. Whatever type of Cheap fake window scenes you choose, make it look unique.  One that your friends will both envy and admire.

The way you choose will depend on your financial situation and how much you want your fake window to look real. The cheapest idea is to either paint a window picture on your wall including the wooden frame. You can even glue a picture with the frame onto the wall. Then you can fix a curtain rod above the picture and add lace curtains, with the curtains tied back to view the window scene.

This will not add light to your room although it will create the illusion of a lighter room. If you need more light then fix a small LED light under the top of the curtain rod to make it look like sunlight shining through into the room. You could place a bookcase or coffee table in front of your new window to make it more natural.


Fake Real Wooden Window Frame

You can purchase an old window frame from the secondhand dealer. Take it home and repaint to suit the room colors. Choose a picture of your choice the same size as the window frame. Have hubby fix it to the wall and add your curtains just like you would a real window.

Open fake window look

You may want to have yours look like you have an open window. It will also give the impression that you are looking outside the room itself. Curtains can still be added to the subterfuge.

There are so many different types of these fake or faux windows for you to get different ideas of using

Window panes

Your window might look even better with the illusion of looking outside through small window panes. Whatever ideas you decide try, the room will look even brighter by adding an LED light under the curtain rod.

With a little effort on your part you can even make your home brighter this Christmas by adding a Fake Window in one or two days.

Other Christmas Ideas

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Nov 28, 2010 7:53pm
I don't know that I have ever seen a fake window. This sounds neat. Thanks for writing about it.
Nov 28, 2010 9:22pm
Thans dpeach, yes it is a great way to brighten up an otherwise dull wall, thanks
Nov 28, 2010 8:25pm
What a great idea for a place with few windows. I like the idea of the ocean view!! Thanks eileen!
Nov 28, 2010 9:23pm
introspective, yes you can make believe you are sitting there waiting for the see breeze to arrive on a really hot day. Thanks for stopping by
Nov 29, 2010 8:49am
What a lovely idea! I have lots of windows where I live in Southern California but, if I didn't, I would certainly want to give this a try!
Nov 29, 2010 7:27pm
deborah, yes it makes a room look more interesting. Thanks
Dec 8, 2010 2:54pm
Awesome idea. Would be great in apartments where there aren't many windows. ^^
Dec 8, 2010 10:45pm
lynsuz, yes it would be, just a bit of camaflage really or make believe giving you the impression of a lighter and brighter room
Jan 6, 2011 9:04am
This is a nice Trompe-l'oeil effect. My ex-motherinlaw use to paint these on peoples wall for a living. Great idea.
Jan 6, 2011 9:31am
Thanks for that, yes I want to do it on one of my walls. By adding the small light it would make the fake window look more authentic too I think.
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