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How to Get Luxury Windows at a Fraction of the Cost

Luxury windows are typically an addition people cannot afford early on in their life as a homeowner. Replacing an entire home’s worth of windows with high-quality windows is an investment, often requiring many years of saving.

But you don’t have to wait. There are a number of ways homeowners can update their windows with a luxurious look without having to take out a loan or spend thousands of dollars to get the desired look. Here are a few easy steps to take to update your windows and save your wallet.

Insert grids

Adding grids into your windows give them a dimensional, higher quality look. But you don’t have to replace the entire window anymore if your windows didn’t come with grids. Once you decide on what style of window grid you want (and there are several options), you can purchase custom-made inserts or even make them yourself.

To DIY, measure the layout of the window and then measure out the pattern for the grids you wish to insert. Assemble the necessary tools and supplies. You can cut thin strips of PVC into grids with a simple miter saw. Once the strips are cut to length, apply double-sided adhesive and lay the grids out across the window panes. Not only will this dress up your existing windows, it will give them a classic look both inside and out. 

Install shades

Adding window shades can benefit your windows twofold. First, they can help to insulate the windows and the living space from extreme shifts in temperature and help slow furniture fading from sunlight in the home. Second, they can add a smooth, clean, updated look to the window at a fraction of the cost of installing all new windows.

Window shades come in a variety of options that can add a luxurious look to your old windows: Roman shades, woven wood shades, cellular shades and roller shades all provide an element of sleek sophistication and polish off the look of your windows. Available in a multitude of opacities, colors and prints, shades can be customized to fit the look of the décor in your home.

Upgrade the trim

Updating the trim work around the window is a bit more involved, but it can increase the look and value of your windows and is cheaper than replacing the entire window. Adding new wood, painting the frames, or updating the type of beveling in the trim itself can give the look of luxury. If you aren’t comfortable with carpentry, you may want to hire a contractor to take care of this update.

Any of these techniques can change the look of your windows without having to spend thousands to upgrade them. All of these changes together can improve the value of the home itself.

And make sure your home is adequately protected. Talk to an ERIE home insurance agent about homeowners coverage or to get a quote.


Katie Laird is the director of Social Marketing for and a passionate home decorator. She has a love of all things Mid-Century Modern and blue. carries a wide selection of window shades to help keep privacy in your home.

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