Window Treatments. Tuesday , September 04th , 2018 - 14:36:43 PM
Traditional. Traditional treatments can range from long, draping curtains to vertical slats. It's mostly a matter of personal taste. They are often tied to the sides but can operate on horizontal sliders or be pulled straight up. Traditional styles may also encompass prints, usually floral and understated. Sheers and heavy fabrics may be combined or used separately, but often traditional styles blend usability with decoration in a very versatile way.
In today's tough economy, more and more people are struggling just to be able to provide the very basic necessities for their families and cannot afford the luxury of purchasing home furnishings or window treatments and other decorative items for their homes. So, what do you do with those bare windows or those outdated and unflattering window coverings that you've been displaying for the past several years? Believe it or not, affordable coverings are within reach, even in today's economy. Here are a couple of tips on how to avoid spending too much money on window treatments.
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.
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.
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.
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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