First I wrote Window Without a View about how to improve your view of an ugly fence in your yard.
But, then I thought, what can you do if you live in an apartment or condo? How can you improve your view if you aren't able to do anything "out there?"
In Feng Shui we realize that what you see in your surroundings has an significant impact on how you feel. That's why it's so important to fill your home or workspace with colors, objects, artwork and furnishings you love. There's no room to hold onto things that don't inspire you (unless of course, they are your tax records!)
So, you've got a great an apartment with great design that really reflects your personality and inspires you. But you have a window to an ugly facade of a building, a parking lot or (gulp) a cemetery! What can you do then?
Here are some ideas:
An easy way to disguise an ugly view is using window treatments. Most shades will allow natural light to show through, yet the view is camouflaged. Here are some examples of cool blinds that add a wonderful touch of design to your space.
To let ample light yet bring some whimsy, detail or some biophilic design to your space (aka, nature) how about a window film with poppies like this by your kitchen sink? Or tree trunks or even a "mountain" view. (Photo credit: Suntrol Company)
Crystal beads to reflect light
Hanging crystals by a window reflects a beautiful spectrum of light into a room. Why not hang several multi-faceted crystal balls in your window?
Yes, you heard me right. On apartmenttherapy.com, they suggested doing just that. There are obvious concerns, such as damage to the artwork - I would suggest doing this with art that is replaceable - and the look from outside. But if you have offending view, it probably won't matter much to anyone who might see it.
Have some ideas? Would love to hear about them!