Chris Valenzuela. Window Treatments. September 10th , 2018.
With your budget in mind, you should also be prepared to set your priorities. Unless you can afford to do all the windows in your home at one time, you may have to choose which rooms are most important to you. Dress living room and bedroom windows first and then consider window treatments in the bathroom or kitchen, for example. Ultimately, you want to consider things like privacy when prioritizing, but also take some time to think about which windows treatments are the most expensive as well.
Not every window is square, right? So why should the curtains be made only for a square window? New homes are popular for adding different shaped windows to the home and although it looks great, it may be hard to decorate with. When you consider your window treatment, first decide if you want the wood or frame work to show. Sometimes the wood trim around the window is from an older home or it is something that way custom made and you don't want to cover it up with your window treatment. In this case you may want to look for short window toppers that only go across the top of the window to allow more of the window and trim to show.
If your home has a lot of windows and you are trying to dress them all, then that can get a bit expensive. Instead of purchasing cheaper and lesser quality coverings for all your windows, you can choose one or two rooms that you will buy higher quality custom window coverings for and then purchase nice, but lower quality window dressings for the other windows. Once you have created a budget and decided on the type and style of window treatment to purchase, shop around until you find the lowest price. Don't hesitate to get multiple quotes from several home stores and online companies. Don't hesitate to negotiate price if you know you can get it cheaper somewhere else, and if you're considering making a purchase form an online company request free shipping and that they waive any minimum purchase order requirement.
If you need minimal light control and privacy is not an issue, consider these windows your opportunity to reflect your personal style and create a look that is uniquely yours without having any limitations other than the size and shape of the windows. Here you can go all out, selecting fabric window treatments that make a dramatic statement or ones that very subtly pull all the elements of your room together to give it a finished look. Look around the room. Select a color or colors that may need to be emphasized. Is there a touch of red in your floor treatment or in the sofa throw pillows that you'd like to bring out? Or perhaps your wall color is soft and muted, and you'd like to give the room a punch of contrasting colors here.
Color is also important in the room. You want your window treatment to blend in with the rest of your decor. In tip #2 you decided what type of look you wanted but now you need to decide what color you want in that style. In order to do that you need to decide how much light you want coming through your window. Do you want drapes that allow you to control the light? For example, if you use solid color panels on your windows, you can pull them when you want to block out the sun and you can open them when you want more light. The more you open them, the lighter it looks.
Custom window treatments can be intimidating for many consumers. Many are overwhelmed by the choices in treatments. Others worry that custom window treatments may be cost prohibitive. There are even those individuals who feel that window treatments are only appropriate for traditional design styles. The reality is that yes, there are thousands of style, fabric and design options for custom window treatments. Window treatments can be as diverse and creative as the creative mind can imagine and a good designer can design. And although they can be costly, they should be considered as an investment, something that, if done correctly, you will live with and enjoy for many years to come. I came across an article recently that stated that on average, individuals who purchase store bought window treatments will change them out once per year while individuals who purchase custom treatments will keep their treatments for at least seven years. If you do the math, at about $100 per window for store bought treatments, you have paid more for them over seven years than if you had invested the money to purchase custom treatments.
The most popular treatments are fabric window treatments. Curtains, sheers and drapes are the most commonly used ones. The material can either be heavy or light, depending on the needs of the home or room you are furnishing. When privacy is important heavy materials are preferred as it is not possible to see through them. Lighter materials can be for when you do not want to retain moisture in a high moisture room like a bathroom.
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