Willa Morrow. Window Treatments. August 30th , 2018.
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.
Custom window treatment might not be something you're considering because of the cost. However, before you write it off as too expensive, you should think about how valuable it can be for your life. There are lots of advantages to getting your window treatments done by real professionals. Here are just a few of them. Window treatments that fit your lifestyle: One thing people often don't realize is how much window treatments can be tailored to fit a particular lifestyle. It doesn't have anything to do with the actual style of your home, but it has everything to do with the way you want to live your life. There are all sorts of choices to make when it comes to window treatments, and if you make the right choice, you'll be much happier in the long run with what you get.
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.
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.
Once you know what you need, take the time to select several color samples that appeal to you. Look at a variety of magazines or books on window treatments to get a good feel for what styles you like best. If you gravitate towards the unusual and complex fabric window treatments, seek out a credible interior decorator in your area. Ask them if they are willing to help with window treatments alone, as opposed to someone who only works on whole rooms or a whole house. Many interior decorators have software that can help them design a window treatment just for you, and they have the resources to purchase the fabric, have the window treatments custom-made, and professionally installed. It isn't as expensive as it sounds, it takes all the guesswork out of it for you, and if anything goes wrong you have someone who is responsible to fix the problem, which can relieve you of a lot of headaches. And remember, any funds you spend having your home tastefully decorated is an investment not only in the value of your home, but also in yourself. Coming home to a place that reflects your personality and is in harmony with your inner being is infinitely rewarding. If your tastes are simpler or your budget dictates that you go it alone, then at least you will have armed yourself with the knowledge of what you need and like before you're bombarded in the stores with all the choices. This will help you bypass all the things that don't fit your requirements without a second glance and save you considerable time. If you're still uncertain, ask about the stores return policy just to make sure you can take anything back that doesn't look right once you get it home.
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.
Also, you can either choose to pull the same style throughout the home or to let each room have its own unique style - it's totally up to you. Many people like formal drapes in the dining area and less formal shades in the bedrooms and living area. It's up to you whether you do this or go a more conventional route with the same types of shades in every room. Great value for your money: While getting custom window treatments isn't the cheapest thing you'll ever do, it will actually give you more for your money in the long run. For one thing, you'll simply get higher-quality window treatments made from the best materials. This means they'll resist fading and damage that can cause you to have to buy new treatments in just a few years.
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