Window Treatment Style and Design Guide
When it comes to selecting window treatments, it is easy to get overwhelmed and confused when you have so many choices and options to consider. There is no better way to improve a homes appearance than to install new window treatments.
FUNCTION OR FORM
Ideally, you’ll find window treatments that please your eye, your budget and fulfill your needs. It’s important to determine the function of your window treatment before you choose the design, fabric or style. For example, do you need more privacy from your windows? Do you need insulating drapes to control room temperatures? Do you want to enhance your view from the window? Once you have settled on the function of your window covering, you can move on to the form
Match your window treatments to the feel and décor of the room. Each room in your home has a unique mood, design and ambiance. Consider the interior style of your space including the colors, patterns and textures in the room. Eliminate all choices that don’t fit with your current décor.
Your budget is also a factor in how you dress your windows. The cost of new window treatments depend on the type you choose to install, and if you are leaning more towards blinds or drapes. You will also want to consider the number of windows you are planning on covering, as well as their size. There are numerous choices and you should never feel limited with your options.
BLINDS, SHADES AND SHUTTERS
Most people think of curtains and drapery panels when they think about ways to decorate their windows. However, blinds, shades and shutters offer alternative methods to dress your windows. Blinds come in a variety of colors and materials and let you adjust the amount of light and privacy you want easily.
Shades are also very decorative and functional as they can help to stop heat or cold from creeping into the living space. When adjusted to cover the window, they offer varying degrees of privacy depending upon the style. Shutters make a design impact, yet they also offer privacy and limit heat exchange from the windows.
DRAPERIES AND CURTAINS
Draperies are beautiful elements of interior design and décor that add coziness, style and soft elegance to any room. Drapes block sunlight and drafts from entering your home and can very energy efficient. They add a formal feeling to your space, and can completely transform a room will also adding an open feeling to your home or business. Drapes can be used in combination with blinds, shades or shutters. Draperies are made from heavier fabrics and normally have a lining. Drapery patterns and textures can inspire and dramatically transform your rooms.
Take your window coverings to a whole new level by adding style and sophistication. Valances can add style, softness and height to a room. They can range from elegant, contemporary to traditional based off the look your are wanting to achieve.
You can order drapes for any room or window size no matter how large or small the frame or space. Interior designers suggest that draperies look best when they hang to the floor. They also suggest you start your drape above the window frame at the top and extend it beyond the frame on the side.
When deciding the width of your drapery panels, you need enough fabric to cover twice to three times the width of the window for a luxurious appearance.
Consider the size of the room, the weight of the fabric and your interior décor before you choose your rods. Rods can add to the look of your room, or blend into the walls.
Pinch pleats, tabs, tie-on fabric strips, hooks, and rod pocket headings all bring their own character to your window treatment. Choose your heading based on your style and the weight, texture and design of your drapery panels