Window Treatments Using Blinds and Curtains

Tips On Selecting The Right Window Treatments

When it comes to decorating, there is one element in the room that is often forgotten, the window treatments. Most people will purchase curtains as an afterthought; they’ll approach it as something functional, something that needs to go up but doesn’t really matter. Like them or not, window treatments matter and it should be an active decision when you are designing your decor.

Selecting the right window curtains can be an intricate process. If you choose the wrong type or the wrong colour, it can completely ruin the design you’ve settled on. Finding the best curtains will tighten the overall style and really bring the room together. When a window treatment works, it does wonders.

Here are a few pointers that will help make finding the right window treatments easier.

Consider your privacy
One of the more popular window treatments out there are sheer drapes. While these are wonderful in many different areas, they are not ideal when taking privacy into consideration given their translucent nature. Bedroom window treatments should never solely consist of sheer drapes, and neither should bathrooms for that matter. Instead, pair them with a darker drape or window covering for privacy.

Understand lighting
When it comes to windows, not all of them produce the same amount of lighting and this will have an impact on the type of drapes you use. Drapes that are heavy can block out a lot of light, which works well for bedrooms, and especially bedrooms that offer amazing views of the sunrise. Sheer drapes are excellent for sun rooms that don’t need a lot of privacy. Sheers provide a light airy feel that work wonderfully in many spaces. When you know the amount of light coming through the window, you can plan accordingly.

Materials are important
There are many different materials and fibre combinations that you can use for a curtain but you should choose materials that are fade resistant, especially if the room gets a lot of light, which is common in south facing rooms. Although silks may seem like a luxurious choice, they are better used for pillow accents since silk curtains will fade quickly and you will be left with dull and ugly curtains on your windows.

Tie in design
It’s important to tie the curtains in with the theme. The curtains don’t need to match you décor perfectly, but they shouldn’t clash with it either. Make sure the colour works with your color palette and the thickness of the material works with the feel of the decor. The last thing you will want is a heavy drape in a light and airy design space. With colour, you can use the curtains to add depth, or use them to provide a little pop for a statement piece to the room.

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