Here are some home drapery ideas to help in the selection of the proper window treatments for your home.
(1) Choice of suitable curtains, draperies and blinds.
One of the most significant, yet most often overlooked room decoration elements is the choice of proper window treatments.
Too many people make the mistake of delaying that choice till the end and then settling for “something that seems to fit”.
Rather than a delayed final decision, the choice of a proper window treatment should occur early in your decoration plans.
You’ll find, better sooner than later, that proper window treatments are crucial to any decoration plan and should be addressed very early in the process.
Selecting the right window curtains won’t be the easiest decision in your decorating scheme. Choosing the proper type, color, and design will have a critical impact on your finished effect.
Don’t allow sloppy decision making at this point to jeopardize your design. Remember, proper choices and decisions early in the game will lead to many years of enjoyment from a truly workable window treatment design.
Finding the perfect window treatment for your rooms will lead to a “flow” that will truly express your own style and personality.
(2) How to make selections that “WORK”
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All too often people find a style that they truly like in one room and then attempt to expand that theme throughout the house.
Keep in mind that it is perfectly acceptable to have different window treatments in different areas throughout the house.
You certainly won’t confuse the bright-colored, themed draperies/curtains of your teen’s room with the more reserved, elegant even, treatment that you give a formal dining/living room area.
Be creative; but also be reasonable.
(3) Make your privacy concerns a major consideration.
One of the more popular window treatments that you can find are sheer drapes.
Sheer drapes are beautiful, elegant and sophisticated……and also perfectly WRONG for those areas in your home where a greater degree of privacy is preferred.
Most sheer drapes are “see through” and are thereby less appropriate for bathrooms, bed rooms and dressing rooms.
One solution is to combine the sheers with a darker drapery or other window covering.
(4) Lighting is critical.
When it comes to windows, not all light conditions are the same and this will affect the type of drapes that you use.
The amount of light entering each window will vary according to factors such as directional orientation (sunrise, sunset,etc.) Trees, neighboring buildings, and other architectural features will also have a lighting impact upon your decoration scheme.
Be prepared to experiment patiently…..evaluating each change through an entire day’s light experience. And remember, cloudy days will show differently than days of bright sunshine and/or night time external lighting.
Knowing the type and amount of lighting will enable you to make much better choices.
(5) Making the proper selection.
At the top of the list of material considerations will be the degree of fade resistance that is required by differing light sources.
Exotic fabrics such as silk may be beautiful in the beginning. They have a tendency to fade rapidly, leaving you with a dull, washed out appearance.
New window treatments can require a serious commitment of time and money. Proper choice of materials will insure the greatest return on your investment.
Take your time. Make sure that you won’t be making mistakes that you will have to live with for a long time.
(6) Make it all work together.
Your new window treatments will make their own statements.
Make sure that statement agrees with the rest of the room decor.
Color, size, shape and weight of your draperies can be made to work with varying room decors; but they shouldn’t clash.
Have some fun. It’s your house, your room, your window. Make it all work together to express that special you.
If you’re still not confident enough to begin……GO SHOPPING. Online always works. Visit your local upscale furniture store with a note pad in hand. Let the ideas flow.