Window treatments come in a plethora of options in design, style, material, colour, function and more. There are so many things you can do these days to make your windows a real focal point in your house while still managing to let the light in, or maintain privacy depending on the time of day. However, choosing a window treatment can seem overwhelming with so many choices. For a little help and direction, read this article to learn some interesting tips for great window treatments for your home.
Splurge on the Small Stuff
A great way to make a statement with your window treatments is to make them look expensive without spending a lot of money. For this window treatment, purchase material you like or buy drapes or curtains for a cheap price. Keep the pattern simple as the interest will come from the details. Since you don’t have to spend a lot on the actual curtains themselves, spend a little more on the accessories such as draw back hooks, tassels, grommets to put in your curtains, or the curtain rod. These items cost little as it is, so to opt for the higher end pieces will give your window a truly sophisticated look without spending a lot of money.
Bring the Outdoors In
Another great idea for your window treatment is to bring the outdoors inside with window shutters. Today, window shutters are available in a wide range of sizes, colours, and finishes. It is a great way to make your window a focal point and add some interest. The shutters can be kept open during the day to let in the light and closed at night for superior privacy. This is an especially great look for cottages, shabby chic and country style homes.
Go to Great Lengths
A way to make a dramatic statement with your window treatment is to give your windows full, floor-to-ceiling length curtains on a curtain rod. Choose a heavier fabric in a bigger, bold print or flat colour. With so much length, a busy, smaller pattern could look a little bit hectic. Hang your curtain rod at the top of the wall and cut your fabric the proper length so it touches the floor. To get the maximum amount of fabric to cover the maximum amount of wall space, put large grommets into your curtains so that you can slide the curtain rod right through, rather than using hooks. This kind of window treatment makes your window and your space seem larger, especially when used in a room with more than one window.
When in Rome
Sometimes, it doesn’t take a lot to make a nice statement with your design and window treatments. If curtains and drapes aren’t quite your thing, consider the idea of roman blinds. Roman blinds have the softer feel of curtains, but the practicality of metal or wooden blinds. Today, roman blinds come in an array of colours, fabrics and patterns, so you are guaranteed to find something that suits your interior design. Roman blinds allow you to block out the light when you want to and have complete privacy, and also allows you to let in as much light as you want by pulling them up. These are a truly functional and stylish choice for any window in any room.
What Hangs in the Valance
Whether you have curtains, drapery or blinds of any kind, you can always add a valance. Valances are a nice way of topping off a window that seems a little unfinished, and there are a lot of ways you can use the valance. A valance can be cut out of wood, padded with cotton and covered in a material that compliments your blinds or drapery. This is a very classic look for valences. A more creative way to use your valence is again to cut it from wood, but this time cover it in cork. Once the valence is hung, you can pin pictures along the valence as you would a cork board and change them whenever you want. This is a great idea for a kid’s room or a play room or craft room. To use this in a more sophisticated room, use pictures that are printed in black and white. And one last way to make a statement with your valence is to paint the wood with chalkboard paint. Once it is hung, you can write whatever you wish on the valence, which is a great idea for not only kids’ rooms but kitchens too.