Window treatments are a great way to spruce up a room and give it a new look. From drapes to curtains to shades, there are many different factors that go into the selection of a treatment, and you have power over all of it. There are so many options available for window treatments that it can be overwhelming. It’s best to take the process one step at time.
1. Identify Your Decorating Style
It’s important to ensure that you choose window treatments that will complement the style you’re using in the rest of the room. If you’re redecorating the room or even the whole house, make sure you consider the ways in which the window treatment that you’re planning fits into the other items in the room such as walls, ceilings, and furniture.
Think about the kind of effect you want to create with your decorating. Romantic, soft, and flowing? Or modern with bright and bold colors? Your window treatment should reflect your choices. For more ideas, search the web or read a book about interior decorating.
2. Choose a Color, Pattern, and Texture
After you’ve got your design ideas down and have a general notion of what you’d like, you can move on to the more physical aspects of choosing the right window treatment. These include:
Color is key in choosing any window treatment. Color can draw the eye to the window treatment or help it blend in with the rest of the room decoration. Do you want bright colors or the traditional white sheer curtains that provide a clean and neat look?
For the curtains, do you want a traditional pattern or would you prefer an abstract pattern? Some rooms may call for a geometric or animal pattern. Or maybe you don’t want any pattern—you just want a solid color that matches or contrasts with the other colors in the room.
Texture can be smooth or rough. This applies not only to curtains, but to drapes and shades as well. Even shades made of natural materials such as bamboo can provide both smooth and rough textures.
3. Choose a Type: Ready made, Make your own, Made to measure
There are three major types of window treatments: ready made, make your own, or made to measure.
Consider how much time you have. If you’d like to get the home windows decorated before an upcoming party that you’re hosting at your house, for example, you may want to go for a ready-made option. Ready-made options are also great for people who are not very experienced in home improvement and construction. If you find the right one it can be just as good as a treatment constructed from individual parts.
Make your own is great for do-it-yourselfers and people who like to sew. You pick the fabric and style. You may use a pattern or perhaps you’re creative and can come up with your own design.
For made-to-measure, you do your own measurements, then provide them to a store or company that will make the curtains, shades, or drapes to match your measurements. For detailed information about measuring windows read How to Measure Windows for Curtains and Drapes.
But remember, even with ready-made or make your own, you will need to consider the measurements of the window you are decorating.
Always set a budget. It’s a good idea to go into any home improvement program while understanding exactly how much you would like to spend. Otherwise, you may end up over budget or not getting the window treatment you really want.
Another step you can take before begin purchasing and installing your materials is to consult with a designer or someone who’s experienced in home remodeling, especially if you have no experience in this area. They can help you ensure that your measurements are correct, and that the window treatments you buy will work with—not against—the rest of the décor in your home.
There are many things that go into the selection and installation of window treatments, all of which gives you the exciting opportunity to be creative and have a hand in the decoration of your home.