Window Treatments. Tuesday , September 04th , 2018 - 14:28:22 PM
If you need minimal light control and privacy is not an issue, consider these windows your opportunity to reflect your personal style and create a look that is uniquely yours without having any limitations other than the size and shape of the windows. Here you can go all out, selecting fabric window treatments that make a dramatic statement or ones that very subtly pull all the elements of your room together to give it a finished look. Look around the room. Select a color or colors that may need to be emphasized. Is there a touch of red in your floor treatment or in the sofa throw pillows that you'd like to bring out? Or perhaps your wall color is soft and muted, and you'd like to give the room a punch of contrasting colors here.
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.
Fortunately, fabric window treatments come in a number of standard sizes and many homeowners will find the perfect fit at their local home design stores. However, even for odd-sized windows, custom fitted fabric treatments are relatively inexpensive while giving your windows a very polished look.
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.
With so many choices available in today's home decor market, how do you know which window treatments will be right for your home and reflect your style? If you've been shopping the home stores lately with window treatments in mind, you might be a little confused (if you're just starting) or you may have a headache from trying to sort it all out (if you've been at it a while). Yes, the world of window treatments is a huge one, but don't be daunted. It can actually be fun and exciting to select window treatments that make a statement while serving a purpose in your home.
The most popular treatments are fabric window treatments. Curtains, sheers and drapes are the most commonly used ones. The material can either be heavy or light, depending on the needs of the home or room you are furnishing. When privacy is important heavy materials are preferred as it is not possible to see through them. Lighter materials can be for when you do not want to retain moisture in a high moisture room like a bathroom.
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