Jannie Nguyen. Window Treatments. September 10th , 2018.
The first known types of window treatments are drapes and curtains. There are the two panel curtains that actually hang from the sides of the windows. Such window curtains are designed to filter out the direct sunlight from the sun during the raw and open summer months as well as retain heat when it is cold in winter. They therefore serve a dual purpose whilst beautifying the home as well. In addition to these you also get the window drapes that are very convenient if you have a radiator under the window sill. The best drapes are the ones that are made from cotton. This material does not lead to room heat congestion, and on top of this they are easy to wash and keep clean. Besides these there has been a resurgence of a half-way curtain that covers only the lower half of a window.
Identify the basic function of the room. If you are looking for window treatments for your window then, these should be able to stand moisture and also easy to wash. If the is for dining room, you might need a more simple or formal window treatment. Size of the window is an important factor to be considered. If the window size is small then, a rod can be installed either below the line of ceiling or just above the trim. Extra panels that are long hang from them. This gives the image of the window being tall. For a large window, tone the scale of the window down by making it look simple. For tall windows, don't use panels that are long. Break these lengthwise by adding a swag or valence different from the remaining part of the design.
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.
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.
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.
First you must decide on the style of the room, contemporary, traditional, country or eclectic. Once you have figured this out, you will be able to decide which direction to go with your windows. If the architecture of your window is interesting or the window faces a wonderful view, you may decide to leave the window uncovered in that part of your home. Color, pattern and texture all combine to make or break your window treatments. If you have a room that is decorated in soft colors you may want something more bright and bold on your windows. A tip is to look at a color wheel when you make your color choices to make sure that you keep your colors complimentary.
If your window is a large bay or arched type you should consider the curvature and the number of angles it bends in. Either you can have a curved window dressing or have the curtains for every side of the window. Depending on the size you can have either manually operated or if it is very big then use electric switch operated blinds or curtains. Drapes are a dressy option for large windows. But it can be really heavy and needs several yards of cloth for creating these window treatments for large windows. This is more traditional option and looks great with old style home with high domed ceilings and ornate windows. When you have large grounds and each window frames a beautiful view it is only fair to dress it up with beautiful drapes and window curtains.
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