Whether your windows frame a beautiful view, or simply gather sunlight, they offer an opportunity to add another layer of beautiful detail to your space at the same time you deal with practical concerns.

Here are a few important things to consider as you integrate your window treatment plans into your home décor. 

 

Consider the Architecture:  Different types of architecture can inspire different types of window coverings.  For instance, a clean lined modern structure can inspire very minimally noticeable treatments.  This may be as simple as roller blinds that retreat up into a recess at the ceiling to completely “disappear” when not in use.  On the other hand, a traditional colonial home can be beautifully enhanced with traditional drapery and valance to frame the view.

Be Inspired by the Challenges:  Often, windows get placed into a room by builders without much thought to how they’ll relate to the future furniture placement in a room.  Let your solution be inspired by this opportunity for problem solving.  For instance, if windows are awkwardly spaced, you can use drapery fabric to tie them together – giving the look of a much larger window than is actually there.

So Much to Choose From:  Explore all the different types of treatments that are available today.  These include drapery on metal or wood rods, roman shades made of fabric or bamboo or sea grasses, retractable blinds, venetian blinds and shutters – to name just a few.  Consider using two treatments together for additional detail and light control – for example blinds and drapes can be used successfully together on a window for a beautiful custom look.  Visit some designer websites to view how each of these treatment types can be translated into a space.

Here are my thoughts on a few of the options that are possible:

Drapery:  If you have a beautiful view to frame, drapery is often the way to go.  This treatment can be pulled to the side so as to see every bit of a beautiful view.  Still want light control?    Consider adding a double rod with a sheer treatment closer to the wall and a fabric drape on the forward rod.  This is the ultimate in beautiful control giving you options for light and view control thru-out the day and night.

Roman Blinds:  These are available in the traditional structured way, or as a “soft roman shade” that is a bit more casual.  I often find this treatment to be ideal in some home offices due to the fact desks are often pushed up against the wall below the window making drapery impractical.  When raised, roman blinds allow nearly all the view to be revealed and windows can easily be opened for ventilation without whipping about a light weight drapery fabric.

Venetian Blinds have become very popular in recent years.  They give excellent options for light control, although their biggest negative in my mind is that you always lose about 1/4 of the light and view available even when they are in their fully open position.  That being said, they are still an excellent choice in many cases.

Café Curtains are a great casual touch for kitchens and sometimes bathrooms.   It’s always ideal to pay for a custom non-telescoping rod made from quality metal to reduce any chance of sagging as time goes by.

Color & Texture are Crucial considerations.  Fabric or blind material should be thought out carefully as part of the larger interior design plan.  Bold colors or dramatic patterns will of course make the window treatments an artistic feature of the home while subdued colors or a color similar to the wall finish will let the window treatments reseed as a background detail.

Lining is the Difference between quality window treatments and the more widely found pre-made curtains at some of the mall’s home stores.  For a master bedroom requiring full light control, many homeowners consider black-out lining.  I recommend considering some of the denser lining fabrics that feel less “plastic” than regular black-out lining.  Depending on the combination of fabric and lining material used, you can beautifully control the light that comes thru and how well they hang.  Lining also protects your beautiful window treatment fabric from fading over time.

Measure Twice, Order Once:   My first recommendation is to order your window treatments thru a local design professional that will come to your home and be responsible for getting exact dimensions.  But if you’d prefer to order treatments online, be sure to be absolutely accurate in your measurements.  Some general guidelines I use include measuring for roman shades to often be placed high enough above the window that when open fully nearly all of the window view is accessible.  When closed, they should come right to the top of the sill.  For drapery, I often split the dimension between the top of the window and the bottom of crown molding for rod height and have them hang just ¼” above the floor for a full length, non-puddling finish.  For typical drapery fullness, there will be enough fabric width to equal two and a half times the width of the window.  Every case is unique, so again I recommend consulting professionals.   

For examples of some of the window treatments we’ve provided to clients in the past, feel free to visit our website, www.SashaWitteDesign.com for ideas.  And, as always, we’re here to help you as you layer each of these important design elements into your home.

Best!

 

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