Autumn is here. But that doesn’t mean you have to pack up your window boxes and resign yourself to a bland, uninteresting exterior. Renewal by Andersen of Long Island is passionate about keeping windows looking great—both inside and out! This post will help homeowners who recently upgraded their home windows to dress things up or fall.

Here are some of our favorite tips & tricks for overhauling the look of your replacement windows in a hurry.

Tip 1. Plant for Fall: Dress Up Your Replacement Windows for Cool Weather

Your window boxes might not be overflowing with a profusion of blooms anymore, but they can still add incomparable ambiance to your home and up your curb appeal. You can choose cool-weather plants that will add warmth and last well into the cooler Long Island fall, either to window boxes or containers that sit on your exterior window sills. This guide from HGTV will walk you through adding a seasonal fall window box to your windows, right down to specific ideas for plants that thrive in cooler weather. Planters are excellent accents for second story bay windows, and beneath double-hung or sliding windows that don’t open outward.

Tip 2. Repurpose Window Boxes

Window boxes work well for more than just planting. If you don’t want the upkeep of a cool-weather window garden, try adding faux autumn foliage, pumpkins, and possibly even a small string of lights to spruce up your exterior window treatment while adding fall flair. For ideas, a quick Pinterest search yields inspiration enough for year after year of different window box styles.

Dressing up casement windows means you need to consider the height of any decorative features you add beneath the lower edge. Flanking your windows with side-boxes gives you more flexibility to add various heights to enhance visual texture.

Tip 3. Install Window Shelves

For a twist on the traditional window box, consider adding a shelf just below your window sill, then top with a few potted plants, pumpkins, or other seasonal decor. You could easily swap out your fall decor for snowflakes, evergreen branches, over-sized ornaments, or other holiday decor after Thanksgiving is over. Window shelves are quick and easy to install and add limitless decorating potential for every season and install quickly and easily.

Be careful when installing exterior window accessories. Drilling into your replacement window frames can cause damage, resulting in air and moisture leaks. Before making any modifications to your windows that involve nails or screws, consult your Renewal by Andersen 20/2/10 warranty for guidance. If you have questions, don’t hesitate to call.

Tip 4. Add a Pergola

Constructing a mini pergola to adorn a window or two is a relatively straightforward weekend project that frames your window, spices up an otherwise uninteresting space, and adds fantastic landscaping potential. Climbing vines will quickly make your pergola feel like an established part of your home’s exterior, especially when you choose a few decorative plants to grow under your pergola’s shade. Alternately, you can use your mini-pergola for hanging plants that you can enjoy from the inside and out.

Pergolas aren’t just for windows. You can dress up your patio entrance with a shelf or pergola, too. Adding a light fixture to your new feature gives you a chance to replace those tired lights mounted beside the door with a brighter, modern option. Above the door lighting gives your entrance a whole new look and feel, plus it makes unlocking your doors so much easier when you can see the keyhole better.

Tip 5. Re-Think Your Shutters

Whether you live in a historic home or a modern home with traditional styling, updating your window shutters (or removing them altogether) can completely change your home’s look, adding warmth and authenticity. This Old House offers solid, thorough advice on realistic-looking shutters that set your windows off beautifully and enhance, rather than detract from, your home’s curb appeal.

The Change of Seasons is a Great Time to Update Replacement Window Exterior Window Treatments

These tips for our Renewal by Andersen of Long Island customers assume your windows are already in beautiful working order. If you haven’t updated your home windows yet, or you suspect your windows need to be replaced before the cold weather hits, give Renewal by Andersen of Long Island a call. A little professional advice goes a long way—especially when it comes to making sure your windows look and function as well as they possibly can. Just dial 1-877-313-9052 to schedule a personal, no-obligation home consultation. If you’d prefer, you can fill in the short form on this page and we’ll call you.



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