Demystifying Window Treatments

Depending on the type of window treatments you use in your home they can have a huge impact on the décor. They can also be expensive, making us put off dressing our windows. To top it off, the unlimited options available now can be daunting as well.

Window coverings can be decorative, functional, or even both. They can be made of fabric, vinyl, wood, and metal. It’s sufficed to say that there are many things to consider when choosing a window treatment. Do you need privacy? Do you want good insulation? Do you want energy conservation? What is the most important thing for you?

Window treatments include drapery, blinds, shades and shutters. Drapery usually refers to more elaborate window coverings and can come in a wide variety of fabric and styles. You can buy standard size drapes that are lined or unlined, but there is an amazing variation in style. The can be gathered at the top in different styles, creating an ornate look or do a gathering of fabric in a pleated fold at the top of the drapery, which is simply two lines of sewing where the rod is threaded.

In addition to the top or heading style, the bottom can be straight and by custom should stop 1.5-inches from the floor. If you don’t like that style, the hem can be pooled in a dramatic puddle on the floor. It all depends on your style. But, be warned – pooled drapes may not be good for households with cats.

Much like drapes, shades can also be varied and interesting. Roll-up shades can be made out of fabric, but also out of wood or bamboo slats. Soft treatments can be made in a balloon style, roman style or accordion pleat.

Choosing the right window covering can add height, color and depth to any room. Not only does the decorative element coordinate with your taste and design, but the amount of light that filters into the room from the window will change the perception of the other colors and furniture in your room.

For a bedroom, you may want shades, blind or drapery that has a blackout lining for sleeping comfort. Assuming privacy is not a consideration in the living room where you may want a soft light to filter in throughout the day, a sheer drapery panel may be appropriate. Moving onto the kitchen, keeping things simples is best. Keep in mind the effects of grease and food particles on the material used. Last but not least, the bathroom. A soft sheer and simple valance work will soften hard surfaces, that is, if privacy is not a concern.

Layers of draperies are a nice option for a minimalist room because it can give warmth to any space as well as create texture and depth. By placing plain blinds composed of neutral colors, you will add some depth to your elaborately furnished home. Hard top treatments such as cornices can serve as a frame behind where the fabric is hung.

When all is said and done, if it’s a beautiful window, sheers are the perfect answer. For problem windows, drapery can hide a lot of flaws. The elements of style, function and taste will play a role in all your window treatments. Don’t be daunted by the choices, the right window dressing will enhance any room.