There’s no doubt that a window into the world that is Los Angeles can brighten your day. But peering through the looking glass gets even better after a little sprucing up, be that by cleaning those panes or by painting those frames. Whether for aesthetic purposes or energy costs, Southland homeowners may even want to consider window replacements. Take a look at some ideas for making watching through any window in our city the most enticing proposition for spring.

A Clean Slate

Mr. Window Cleaner
5419 Hollywood Blvd., Suite C
Los Angeles
(213) 260-4680

While sometimes it’s tough to shine certain windows—especially those that exist as part of Los Angeles’ many cantilevered homes—finding the right outfit to reach the impossible makes all the difference. Consider enlisting the help of Mr. Window Cleaner to shine up every pane in your home, even those that appear to not be within reach.

Going Green

Skylights of Los Angeles
15030 Ventura Blvd., #326
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
(310) 910-9433

Skylights are not only sources of special places that have you looking up, but these ingenious spaces also double as ways to stay ecologically sound. One local designer says the skylight in his kitchen has virtually eliminated the need for switching on the lights during the day. An added bonus for stargazers, at night gaze up to the dark sky for a better shot at seeing the moon. To find just the right skylight for you, check out  Skylights of Los Angeles.

Replacement Factor

Taylor Brothers
2934 Riverside Dr.
Los Angeles, CA 90039
(323) 805-0200

Choosing to replace a single pane window with either a double or triple pane version comes into play for many reasons in The City of Angeles. Barking dogs in the neighborhood that are loud enough to give the illusion that hounds have taken over your living room, a chance to beat the high price of heating or air-conditioning a home with better insulation, or even just because you are a very light sleeper and every ambient noise makes that necessary effort impossible are just a few good reasons to thicken the glass. All these concerns can be corrected by changing out what you see through every day to a more sturdy and layered version. Contact Taylor Brothers for more on this high-concept window.

No More Squinting

Window Tints
6030 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90038
(800) 585-8468

If sunny Los Angeles is just too bright out of certain windows, think about adding a tint similar to the way you do when you put on sunglasses as you step outside. This can be done by the same folks who work on cars for the same reasons. Consider Window Tints if this is something that suits your fancy. Improve the ability to get out of the glare while you’re inside your home.

Special Sills

Shilpark Paint
1840 S. Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90006
(323) 732-7093

Nothing freshens up a stale window setting better than painting the sills. And if you rent in Los Angeles, this is one way to spruce up this typical space without getting into trouble with your landlord. Even if you pick a hue that is the same as the one before, everyone who visits will likely notice the difference–even if that person can’t quite pinpoint what that is. For a variation on this theme, try a color that pops. For a terrific selection and top quality, try Shilpark Paint.

Los Angeles freelance travel writer Jane Lasky, contributes to publications such as Travel + Leisure, Vogue and Esquire. Her weekly sojourning column ran in 40 newspapers for 20 years. Jane is anything but an accidental tourist. Check out her articles on

Comments (2)
  1. Howard Gottlieb says:

    It’s an interesting time for people deciding what they want to spend money on. There are definitely money savings products out there but people struggle when they need to spend money to save money.

    Howard Gottlieb

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