Carla Whitaker. Window Treatments. August 27th , 2018.
Function. The way a room is used actually has a direct impact on the kinds of window treatments that are the most suitable. If you have children or you entertain a lot, you will likely want to choose window dressings that are more durable. Similarly, delicate fabrics are not recommended in rooms such as the kitchen or bathroom. Heavier fabrics are ideal for providing privacy or to control light, delicate or intricate fabrics provide beauty, but not always durability, and some fabrics can even enhance noise and cold insulation. Blinds and shutters allow you to adjust light control; blackout shades can be an excellent choice for bedrooms; and more fabric can help to block noise. As you can see, it's important to consider how you will use a room as well as the function of the window treatments.
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.
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.
Other window treatment ideas for overly bright rooms are curtains with heavy fabrics and dark colors. Such curtains coupled with the valances complete the whole look of the window treatments. Heavy shutters can also enhance the look of the windows drastically. The various shutter styles suitable for the purpose are raised panel or colonial style. Rolling blinds are available in various printing designs, semi-light filtering and black-out type and these also give a new look to the windows. The rolling shutters can be placed both inside or outside the house and can be decorative due to the use of different colors or materials such as bamboo. Awnings are a common choice for highly lit rooms. The positive point in the case of awnings is that the window treatment ideas which make use of awnings allow breeze to come inside while keeping the sun out.
For giving a classy interior to your rooms and a stylish touch to the window treatment, you can select gold, rust and bronze designs with a combination of cream or off-white. These color schemes change the entire look of the apartments and rooms. Make sure that the colors and the fabrics you use solve the main purpose of privacy and light moderation to the desired extent. The window treatments for large windows must always be done with valances as they look wonderful on large windows. The real beauty of swags comes out when they are used on larger windows. Valances that should preferably be used, are the ascot type of valances as they look the most elegant where shelf valances or box type valances do not look as attractive.
Modern. Clean lines are well represented in the realm of modern window treatments. Venetian blinds, solid undecorated sheers, and boldly printed or monochromatic curtains are some great trends in contemporary design. Ample sunlight always compliments the clean look of modern home interiors so there is no need to be shy of natural light. Avoiding valances and utilizing crisp modern fabrics is a great start for contemporary window treatments.
The most typical of the treatments are the fabric coverings. For bathrooms and kitchen where the moisture level is high, lighter fabric treatments are suggested as they preserve less moisture. Fabric treatment could not be ideal if your window is really large and is directly facing the sun, for such windows heavy materials could solve the problem. Heavy material treatment can satisfy your privacy concern. Nevertheless if precise textures, colors, shades and treatments are selected then could prove themselves best padding and brightness.
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