Window Treatments. Tuesday , September 04th , 2018 - 14:35:43 PM
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.
Country. It seems that country homes get to have the most fun with varied textures and prints. Bold colorful organic designs are great for playful atmospheres, while plaids and checkers can really bring you back home. Ruffles, fringes, and lace can all be used to really dress up a window for a bold classic look. Humble country windows are often light and airy, perfect for a warm summer day. Victorian. Victorian window shades are often made of bold, medium to heavy weight material. Laces, tassels, and other various forms of ornamentation often adorn stately valances and flowing drapes. Scalloped sheer fabrics and sometimes lace are common. The trend seems to be that the focal point is the window treatments, not the windows. Alternatively, another beautiful Victorian look requires scrapping the blinds and instead using mosaic stained windows.
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.
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.
Apart from the light colored curtains, you can also put light colored shades and blinds. The blinds can be placed in a vertical, horizontal or rolling fashion. The material of the blinds also varies depending on the use. For a contemporary look and low budget solutions, one of the best window treatment ideas in blinds are the PVC blinds. These are heavy, strong and easy to maintain. These come in many colors and their slats can be placed horizontally or vertically depending upon your preference. The wooden blinds have a good visual appeal to them. These are best suited for rooms and houses with wooden finish. The wooden blinds are good for excessively bright rooms where the interiors of the rooms require darkening. Roman blinds are also quite popular. This category of window coverings are easy to handle can also be made at home using either new or old curtain fabrics.
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.
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