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Window Treatment 101

29 August 2022

There is no doubt that window treatments add polish to a room when done correctly. The wrong curtains can dramatically lower the room’s aesthetic and make all your hard work to design a beautiful space feel pointless.

Picking out the right curtains looks different for everyone, but we have gathered up a few tips to help you when picking out window treatments, as well as a few designer curtains that appeal to functionality and aesthetics.

Window treatment terms

If you are new to decorating, it may get confusing when it comes to the terms used for window treatments. You would be forgiven if you thought drapes and curtains were the same but learning the difference will make picking out what works best for your space easier.

Curtains: These are typically made from a light fabric and fall just below a windowsill. Some curtains are designed to block light, but generally, they let some light in and blow in the breeze.

Drapes: These are made from fabric that goes all the way to the floor and has a backing to make them more structured. The drapes look formal and elegant.

Blinds: Attached to a frame on top of the window. Blinds are made from a hard material in the shape of slates that can be lifted or tilted to let light in or block it out. Blinds can be made from plastic, bamboo, wood, and vinyl.

Shades: Also attached to the top of the window with brackets. Shades are made from a solid sheet of fabric that can be rolled up or down to block light or let it in.

Shutters- These are installed inside the window frame and can be used to control the amount of light that enters a room. They are also great for privacy, preventing damage to your home’s walls, and protection from foul weather.

Tips for choosing curtains

  • What is their purpose?

When choosing curtains for any room, the first thing you need to figure out is the function of the curtains.

Do you need them to block the light or be sheerer to let it in? Do they need to be used for privacy purposes? Will they complete the look of the room?

Knowing what you need from the curtains is an excellent place to start.

  • What fabric are they made from?

The fabric of your curtains is very important. It can add texture and depth to your room or throw off the whole vibe. You also want to ensure the fabric of your curtains will let in or keep out the light depending on your needs.

  • Length of the curtain

Picking the right length to achieve the effect you want is essential. Long curtains that fall on the floor are much more dramatic than curtains that go only to the bottom of the window frame.

  • Layering with blinds

If you want the look of curtains and the functionality of blinds to adjust the amount of light that filters through your windows during the day, hanging blinds with curtains layered on top is an option.

Window treatment designs you might like

Having fun with your window treatment is part of designing a room’s excitement. I have some fun ideas you can use when picking out curtains.

  • Layering your curtains

Layering curtains can bring a certain warmth and a feeling of coziness to a room. Layered curtains are also beautiful and will be visually pleasing whenever you enter the room.

  • Go sheer

Sheer curtains are perfect for a living room or kitchen; they let in natural light to make the space look brighter and airy. Sheer curtains are a subtle window treatment that significantly affects a room. If privacy is an issue going sheer might not be something you want to do.

  • A flair for the dramatic

Real-life drama may not be your thing, but don’t be afraid of the drama a long curtain can bring to a room. Investing in quality long curtains that sit on the floor and are bunched up a bit adds a dramatic flair to any room.

  • Have fun with them

Instead of matching your curtains to your furniture, match them to your accessories. That will give your living space an unmatched but cohesive feel. Adding a little whimsy is always a good idea.

  • Don’t be afraid of a good pattern

If you have a room that is more on the neutral side and wants to punch it up a bit. A patterned curtain may be the solution you are looking for. You can go bold to add intrigue and excitement to the space, or you can opt for a more subtle pattern to blend in and not stand out as much but still make a statement.

Don’ts of window treatments

  • Don’t place your curtain rod above the window; it shortens the room. Go a little higher to make the room feel bigger and more elegant.
  • Don’t use a curtain rod flush with your windows’ ends. Use a rod about 8 to 12 inches wider than your window so when you open your curtains, they don’t cut off the ends of the window and impede the light from entering the room.
  • Don’t use a single panel on your window. A panel on each side of the window creates balance and symmetry.
  • Don’t use floor-length curtains in the kitchen. It is a high-traffic room, and floor-length curtains will get in the way.

Conclusion

Using the right window treatment to frame your windows can give a room a lot of personality. It does not have to be a complex process. With a bit of know-how and an open mind, you will be able to find the perfect window treatment for your space to create the mood you are after.

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Window Treatment 101

29 August 2022

There is no doubt that window treatments add polish to a room when done correctly. The wrong curtains can dramatically lower the room’s aesthetic and make all your hard work to design a beautiful space feel pointless.

Picking out the right curtains looks different for everyone, but we have gathered up a few tips to help you when picking out window treatments, as well as a few designer curtains that appeal to functionality and aesthetics.

Window treatment terms

If you are new to decorating, it may get confusing when it comes to the terms used for window treatments. You would be forgiven if you thought drapes and curtains were the same but learning the difference will make picking out what works best for your space easier.

Curtains: These are typically made from a light fabric and fall just below a windowsill. Some curtains are designed to block light, but generally, they let some light in and blow in the breeze.

Drapes: These are made from fabric that goes all the way to the floor and has a backing to make them more structured. The drapes look formal and elegant.

Blinds: Attached to a frame on top of the window. Blinds are made from a hard material in the shape of slates that can be lifted or tilted to let light in or block it out. Blinds can be made from plastic, bamboo, wood, and vinyl.

Shades: Also attached to the top of the window with brackets. Shades are made from a solid sheet of fabric that can be rolled up or down to block light or let it in.

Shutters- These are installed inside the window frame and can be used to control the amount of light that enters a room. They are also great for privacy, preventing damage to your home’s walls, and protection from foul weather.

Tips for choosing curtains

  • What is their purpose?

When choosing curtains for any room, the first thing you need to figure out is the function of the curtains.

Do you need them to block the light or be sheerer to let it in? Do they need to be used for privacy purposes? Will they complete the look of the room?

Knowing what you need from the curtains is an excellent place to start.

  • What fabric are they made from?

The fabric of your curtains is very important. It can add texture and depth to your room or throw off the whole vibe. You also want to ensure the fabric of your curtains will let in or keep out the light depending on your needs.

  • Length of the curtain

Picking the right length to achieve the effect you want is essential. Long curtains that fall on the floor are much more dramatic than curtains that go only to the bottom of the window frame.

  • Layering with blinds

If you want the look of curtains and the functionality of blinds to adjust the amount of light that filters through your windows during the day, hanging blinds with curtains layered on top is an option.

Window treatment designs you might like

Having fun with your window treatment is part of designing a room’s excitement. I have some fun ideas you can use when picking out curtains.

  • Layering your curtains

Layering curtains can bring a certain warmth and a feeling of coziness to a room. Layered curtains are also beautiful and will be visually pleasing whenever you enter the room.

  • Go sheer

Sheer curtains are perfect for a living room or kitchen; they let in natural light to make the space look brighter and airy. Sheer curtains are a subtle window treatment that significantly affects a room. If privacy is an issue going sheer might not be something you want to do.

  • A flair for the dramatic

Real-life drama may not be your thing, but don’t be afraid of the drama a long curtain can bring to a room. Investing in quality long curtains that sit on the floor and are bunched up a bit adds a dramatic flair to any room.

  • Have fun with them

Instead of matching your curtains to your furniture, match them to your accessories. That will give your living space an unmatched but cohesive feel. Adding a little whimsy is always a good idea.

  • Don’t be afraid of a good pattern

If you have a room that is more on the neutral side and wants to punch it up a bit. A patterned curtain may be the solution you are looking for. You can go bold to add intrigue and excitement to the space, or you can opt for a more subtle pattern to blend in and not stand out as much but still make a statement.

Don’ts of window treatments

  • Don’t place your curtain rod above the window; it shortens the room. Go a little higher to make the room feel bigger and more elegant.
  • Don’t use a curtain rod flush with your windows’ ends. Use a rod about 8 to 12 inches wider than your window so when you open your curtains, they don’t cut off the ends of the window and impede the light from entering the room.
  • Don’t use a single panel on your window. A panel on each side of the window creates balance and symmetry.
  • Don’t use floor-length curtains in the kitchen. It is a high-traffic room, and floor-length curtains will get in the way.

Conclusion

Using the right window treatment to frame your windows can give a room a lot of personality. It does not have to be a complex process. With a bit of know-how and an open mind, you will be able to find the perfect window treatment for your space to create the mood you are after.

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