Window Treatments have a double function. Besides their ability to offer protection and shade during the sunny summer days and mornings, they also have a decorative function. Window Treatments can really change the aspect of a room. They are often used to add color and texture to a certain space. This means you have to be extra careful when choosing the fabric, texture and color. Here are a few do’s and don’ts.
Window Treatments have a big impact on the entire room décor. They take up a large amount of visual space so it’s not easy to choose the right treatments for your home. So take as much time as you need. Don’t rush the decision because you might regret it later. The room may require full length treatments or a treatment that just addresses the window like a valance or a cornice board. Think carefully about the texture, color and style of the treatments and explore multiple options before making a decision. Consulting an interior designer can be extremely helpful when choosing fabrics and style.
The size is also very important. Don’t try to save some money by choosing smaller or skimpy window treatments because it will throw off the balance of the room and window. Treatments need to be at least double the width of the window. Length is also very important, for longer treatments, a small “puddle” is suggested. For shorter treatments they should sit at the window sill or slightly below.
If you want the window treatments to be more than just a beautiful decoration for your home, you should also think practically. The fabric, the texture, pattern and the color are all very important but so is the lining. For example, a basic cotton lining provides protection while still allowing some light to filter through. A heavier lining can provide the room with additional insulation and protect against sun damage.
Pay great attention to the fabric. It can make a big difference in your room. Each type has is own characteristics. For example, cotton is easy to clean. Silk or silk looking fabrics are light with depth and provide a fluid look. Velvet has a more sophisticated and luxurious look but it can also look heavy so it’s not suited for all the rooms. Sheers are light and delicate and offer coverage and a bit of transparency.
Finally, the hardware can turn out to be just as important as the curtains themselves. So don’t forget about this part. Make sure the curtain rods and finials match the fabric. This means that velvet curtains need larger rods while sheers and silks can sit on lightweight rods. The hardware also needs to fit into the style of the room. Traditional, transitional or contemporary, the finish and style of the hardware should be in the same feeling.