Window Treatments. Friday , September 28th , 2018 - 23:39:10 PM
Soft window treatments include fabric made treatments such as draperies, cornice boards and soft shades (roman shades, balloon shades, Austrian shades, etc.). Although are often quite functional, are meant to be more aesthetically pleasing. Often times the design and functionality are both important elements within a design scheme, and therefore both types of treatments need to be combined to create a completely functional and attractive design. A good decorator will carefully listen to and observe the needs of the client and the space in order to create a treatment that serves its functional purpose while still creating an appropriate design statement. Her job should be to help you navigate through the thousands of design, function and fabric choices in order to find the perfect window treatment for you. That is why it is so important that you choose a decorator that you can trust and that clearly shows an understanding of your design style and needs.
Let's begin with the basic question, "what do you want to do?" Sounds easy enough. Do you want to block sunlight altogether? Do you have a window that just gets morning sunlight, which is softer than afternoon light and therefore needs just a little bit of control? Or do you have windows that get a maximum amount of sunlight throughout the day and therefore need the most light control options available? Another function of window treatments is privacy. If your windows are on the first floor and at a level where anyone outside could peer in, you might like to have the option to block their view at times. Other windows are at a height where no one could look inside and therefore you might not have any privacy considerations at all. Perhaps you have a window (or windows) where there is no need for light control or privacy. Should you do anything at all there? You will also want to consider the energy-efficiency of window treatments, such as those that will block the heat from the sun, or allow more sunlight in to warm up a chilly room.
If you are having trouble deciding the color of your window treatments, consider making them the same color as the area rugs in your room. There are so many different solid color rugs to choose from. You may have small area rugs in front of particular areas in the room or you may have one large rug in the middle of the floor. Pull the color that is least seen in that rug and choose for your windows. Patterns on window treatments serve more than one purpose. They offer window coverage and they also offer design and style. If you have too many different patterns in your room, it may become uncomfortable or distracting. If you have too much of one pattern, you may have a busy look which makes it hard to relax in.
There are many other benefits to purchasing custom treatments you may not have been aware of. If done correctly, your new treatments can help improve energy efficiency within your home which can save you money in long run as well. The quality of your treatments should be such that the lining will protect your investment and other furnishings over time. Good lining will make all the difference and you should discuss lining options with your decorator during the design process. With store bought treatments you will have to settle for the limited styles and sizes available in the stores. When you purchase custom, your treatments will be made specifically for your window size and for your style. This is part of the reason they will last for seven years or more. If done correctly, your treatments should fit perfectly with the style of your room and for your window style and size.
The most typical of the treatments are the fabric coverings. For bathrooms and kitchen where the moisture level is high, lighter fabric treatments are suggested as they preserve less moisture. Fabric treatment could not be ideal if your window is really large and is directly facing the sun, for such windows heavy materials could solve the problem. Heavy material treatment can satisfy your privacy concern. Nevertheless if precise textures, colors, shades and treatments are selected then could prove themselves best padding and brightness.
Budget. Before you are ready to start hanging curtains, you need to take some time to think about your budget. Window treatments can range from $100 to $200 per window or more, and often these figures apply to simple blinds in today's market. Clearly, you need to be realistic about what you can afford, but once you set your budget and do a little homework you'll be ready to start shopping for treatments. Professional designers recommend that you take some time to price fabrics, blinds, shutters, and ready-made drapes to help you choose a style within your budget.
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