Anne May. Window Treatments. September 03rd , 2018.
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.
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.
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.
Shades are always important and essential for the windows. It can help you regulate the amount of sunlight and air entering your room. Other than this, you can even get rid of the over excited and peeping neighbors. Different kinds of shades are available for the window treatments. First of all you can try out the natural shades. This design is based on natural elements like bamboo. It can be better than the fabric that is not natural. You can pair the shades with the curtains.
For instance, do you want easy-care treatments, or do you mind having to have them dry cleaned once or twice a year? Do you need to block out lots of light to protect your furniture or be able to sleep in on the weekends, or do you want your home to be private but still full of as much natural light as possible? Do your window treatments need to be kid and pet friendly? A professional can get you custom treatments that meet your requirements on all these issues and more.
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.
Plan your budget well in advance. The amount of money you spend depends if you want customized window treatments or already made ones or you want to make one for yourself. The most inexpensive of all these would be to make these by yourself, but this task needs patience and skills. Readymade ones come in different sizes and range of prices. The most costly of this would the customized window treatments. Plan on maintenance cost for your window treatments. Cleaning window treatments professionally and reinstalling them would cost you much. Customized window treatments would need to spend a little money on a regular basis. Enjoy the task of decorating your windows. It need not be a overwhelming or a scary activity. Following the above tips should keep you on your way of selecting a correct window treatment.
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