Window Treatments: Putting An End To The Confusion
With so many different kinds of window treatments available today, it's no wonder that selecting the right solution for your home can be a difficult decision.
But if you follow the basic ideas presented below, you should have no problem finding window treatments that will satisfy your home interior decorating needs.
However, before focusing on specific fabrics and styles, first examine your needs from a practical point of view. You will likely find that if your requirements are simple, so will be the solution. Start by answering these two questions...
- Will the window treatments be used to protect privacy?
Unless you have lots of land to roam, you probably have windows that need to be covered for privacy reasons. If your living room has a view of the street, you'll want to shield it from passersby. If your neighbor can peer into your bedroom from their backyard, you'll want to eliminate their temptation to pry.
These window treatments are great privacy protectors:
When you think of using window treatments for light control, sleeping is probably the first thing that comes to mind. However, controlling the amount of light or glare in a room can also be important for other activities such as watching television, reading, or working at your desk.
Consider these treatments to control light:
However, when you want your windows to make a bolder statement and add character to a room, you'll want window dressings that provide a decorative framework.
Before you select window treatment fabrics and patterns, you'll want to first decide on the mood you want for the room. Do you want it to be casual? romantic? formal?
The reason for this is because the mood you choose will influence the type of fabric and style for your window treatments, which is a matter of personal taste…
Lots of fabric flowing from floor-to-ceiling conveys a formal look. Swags of sheer fabric draped across a wide window rings of contemporary elegance. A simple cornice covered in a colorful cotton fabric might be the spark that brings life to a casual room.
Use these Home Decorating Made Easy links to help narrow your options:
The picture below shows the treatment that I used for one of my living room windows. The room is decorated in an Eclectic home interior decorating style.
The single swag used for the window treatment adds drama to the room. One of the drapery panels flows to the floor and forms a puddle for an elegant and romantic touch. Simple metal blinds are tucked underneath when privacy or light control is needed.
Notice that the diamond pattern is repeated in the two decorative pillows and bogart chair in the lower left corner.
If you'd like plenty of great ideas for curtains, draperies, valances, and cornices and more , I recommend that you check out the book Window Treatments Made Simple. It will help you to quickly determine the window treatment to match your decorating style, personality, and window type.
Another window treatment example is shown to the right.
I wanted something simple to cover a narrow bathroom window, so I had this decorative ascot valance made.
The bronze fabric provides a subtle touch. Similar to my living room, metal blinds are tucked out of sight until needed.
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