December 27, 2020
No room or space is complete without a window treatment. They are important final touches that can pull a room together and make or break an aesthetic. With endless options of fabric, pattern, and styles on the market, where does one begin?
Curtains, drapes, blinds, or whichever window treatment you choose can also provide privacy and even help regulate the temperature in your home. By making a few key decisions, you can ensure you are selecting a practical and stylish option for your home.
The first place you want to start is to think about the overall style or vibe of the room you are looking to find a window treatment for. For instance, you might not want to choose traditional pleated blinds or drapes for a room that has more of a modern farmhouse feel. Instead, you would be wise to go with something like a faux wooden blind or forego the blinds altogether and select a chic curtain.
Now, let us talk about some of the different types of window treatments. Valance style curtains are short and only cover the top portion of the window. They can be popular for kitchen windows but can feel dated in today’s more modern homes. To keep it updated, choose a fresh pattern or color.
Curtains and drapes are longer, often touching the floor or reaching the ceiling. They can range from blackout lined in extra fabric, to sheer and lace varieties. Thicker fabrics tend to look more formal and can darken a room, while sheer types can make a space feel airier and more open. Classic curtains work with most design styles and are a solid choice.
Shades or blinds can be placed on the interior or exterior of the windowpane, depending on which look you prefer, and come in many different styles. The least expensive blinds are made from vinyl or aluminum but break easily and need to be replaced. Faux or real wood cost more upfront but will stand the test of time. If you like a minimalistic look, you may want to opt for some simple blinds without curtains.
Shades can be flat, pleated or tucked in various ways to keep light out and add an elevated style. These can be custom made with your choice of fabric if you really want a one-of-a-kind look. Shades tend to give off a traditional vibe, so keep that in mind.
Once you decide which type of window treatment you want to go with, there are a few more things to keep in mind. Try to be consistent throughout your home, so if you choose to go with a flat shade topped with a sheer curtain, aim to keep that same vibe for all the windows in that area.
Measure once, twice, and then measure again. Curtains and blinds tend to come in standard sizes of length and width, but you want to make sure you get the correct size. Pay close attention to whether you are measuring for interior or exterior blinds as well.
Once you know the size and type of treatment, the rest is up to personal taste! Decide if you want to keep it neutral or add a pop of color or pattern to the room. You can change the look of a room by just changing out the window treatments, so have fun with it!
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