Window treatments can transform even a mundane window into the focal point of the space. An eye catching pattern or color can draw attention to this area. Window treatments can be treated as a work of art, so be creative and have fun. You can add tassels, flowers or beads. Anything to make it more creative or to fit your particular taste. If you don’t like it or change your mind, you can always take it down and replace it with something else that works!
Window treatments can reflect both your home’s architecture and your personal style. Window treatments lean more toward simple straight lines. But many of these treatments are being made with luxury fabrics such as velvet, damask and even fur and leather. Using treatments to reduce glare such as sheers can be helpful if the room gets an excessive amount of sunlight.
Draperies are definitely a decorative addition to any room and they tend to be longer than curtains and produced with velvet or cotton (heavy fabrics). A valance is a fabric covering that goes around the curtain rod and they come in many different styles including roman, waterfall valances, blouson, pinch pleat, or box.
Roman Shades look very stylish in the up or down position and anywhere in between. You can combine your roman shades with valances, cornices and/or drapes for a truly designer window treatment combination. Roman shades, in not-too-fussy stripes and fringe look the part in rich, warm tones, and jacquards with simple beading or fringe. As an added touch, Roman shades often make an interesting window treatment because they are a special type of blind made to fold up into continuous, uniform, horizontal layers when raised.
Swags and cascades can be classic or casual. Draw drapes or stationary drapes are a timeless solution appropriate to any decor when installed with the right decorative hardware. Swags of sheer fabric draped across a wide window rings of contemporary elegance. A simple cornice covered in a colorful cotton fabric might be the spark that brings life to a casual room.
Roll up window treatments represent just one of the options that you have but they are undoubtedly one of the best for a number of reasons. They can be moved out of the way for cleaning and give an unobstructed view of the outside.
Curtain hardware can be expensive when you are looking at all the windows in the average house! Try sewing loops of ribbon to the top of your curtains and hanging with cheap cup hooks, or using a dowel covered with tightly shirred fabric. Curtains are a fast way to bring new life and color to any room, and now home decorators can create them more quickly and easily than ever. One clever example: simply clip an attractive tablecloth or tea towel onto a rod. Curtains and drapes will give you the more traditional window covering that you can combine with window shades and blinds.
Choosing a great window treatment idea can be a daunting task if you’re not sure where to start.