Window Treatments. Tuesday , September 04th , 2018 - 14:38:13 PM
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.
First you must decide on the style of the room, contemporary, traditional, country or eclectic. Once you have figured this out, you will be able to decide which direction to go with your windows. If the architecture of your window is interesting or the window faces a wonderful view, you may decide to leave the window uncovered in that part of your home. Color, pattern and texture all combine to make or break your window treatments. If you have a room that is decorated in soft colors you may want something more bright and bold on your windows. A tip is to look at a color wheel when you make your color choices to make sure that you keep your colors complimentary.
The wrong windows can be a detriment to home interiors but with customization and creativity they can become another strong accent to your personal style. Window treatments should accent the architectural structure of the window but can also be used to create the illusion of a more interesting shape. Besides being a picture view of the world outside, windows can be essential canvases for expression.
Blinds and shades like rolling blinds and roman blinds can be used also. Horizontal blinds give a completely different and warm look to the large windows. Shades like cellular, Roman, pleated and roller shades have their own style statement when used for window treatments for large windows. Roller shades made up of jute or straw mats give an eastern feel to the ambiance. Window tints are also an option for windows in offices.
However, before you purchase new custom treatments it is a good idea to have a basic understanding of their function and basic design elements so that you may be better suited to navigate through the choices and work more intelligently with a professional to achieve just the look you are after for your home. There are two basic categories of window treatments, hard treatments and soft treatments. Hard treatments are your more functional treatment like shades, shutters and blinds. Many manufacturers are working very hard to find ways to make hard treatments more attractive. For the most part, however,these types of treatments are functional, they are meant to serve a purpose: to provide privacy or to conserve energy or block or allow natural light, etc. They can be aesthetically appropriate on their own in more modern and industrial designs.
You can include more than a single pattern in your window dressings. This is particularly important in a room that does not have a pattern of its own. You can combine window treatments such as wood blinds covered with tie back panels and topped with a valance to create depth. You must also think about texture when designing your window coverings. For instance you may have a room that is predominately filled with wood pieces rather than upholstered furniture; in such a room you may want to install soft luxurious curtains. If you are working with rooms that are mostly drywall and carpeting consider the natural tones of wood to warm up the rooms.
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