Window treatments have been around for a while.
Take curtains, for example, which you can trace back thousands of years to Ancient Greece and the Roman Empire!
Clearly, people have long enjoyed the practical and aesthetic benefits of hanging curtains and blinds!
That said, back in the day, window treatments probably looked like rags and cloth. They’d be hung over the windows and doorways for a variety of reasons.
Obviously, we’ve come a long way since then. These days, we’re after something a little more chic, and a little less bleak!
It’s all too easy to get it wrong though. This is an art form and one that takes a little know-how to do well. Get it right, and your window treatments can revolutionize the room.
Want some tips on how to do it?
Keep reading to discover all the should’s and should not’s of designer window treatments.
1. Hang ‘Em High!
Curtains should be positioned above the window itself.
For numerous reasons. Primarily because doing so creates an illusion of greater size in the room.
Full-length curtains hung high above the window (or just below the ceiling) elongates the wall. It creates a sense of space and luxury.
Oh, and make sure the curtain rail is wide enough too.
There’s nothing worse than curtains that obscure the windows, even when they’re fully opened. You do the room an immediate disservice.
Not only does the space feel more enclosed, but less light is let in. Ideally, the curtains should be no more than a couple of inches inside the window frame when open. A similar effect happens when the curtain is hung just above the window.
Set high and wide as a benchmark and you’ll reap the rewards.
2. Make the Windows ‘Pop’
Windows don’t have to lurk in the background.
They shouldn’t be confined to the corner, as a practical but obsolete element of the room.
Instead, turn them into a focal point. Make them stand out and complement the overall décor of the space.
One way of doing that is to layer the treatments. In other words, do more than one thing! Curtains are great, blinds are amazing, and shutters are awesome. Why not combine multiple elements?
This is nothing new. Households have been doing it for decades. Yet the approach is typically practical in nature. It’s about improving insulation, or shutting out the sun, and so on.
It’s up to you to put style at the center. Mix and match your treatments. Delicate, flowing drapes over a matchstick shade may make all the difference. Play around with your options to find the right combination for your room.
3. The Longer the Better
Keep your window treatments long and proud.
Curtains and drapes look best when they hang to the ground.
It’s about finding the perfect fit for your room- exactly like tailoring a suit to your body. Have them touch the floor, or float just above it.
Having curtains that hang halfway up the wall is like wearing ankle swinging pants. They’re obviously too small. It doesn’t scream exactly fashion…unless you’re a thrift-shop sporting, hipster-sort.
But that’s another story.
Remember: high and wide. Wall-length drapes help creates a focal point of the window. It transforms the feel of the room.
4. Keep the Room (and Window Placement) in Mind
Not all windows are created equal.
Every room is different. Each window tells its own story. It’s about finding a style that matches. More importantly, the design should be in keeping with the overall décor of the room.
Treat them as individuals. You can’t dress every person in the same clothes and expect them to look the same. People are unique. They have their own character; their style should match accordingly.
Similarly, you should mix and match combinations and window treatments around the house.
Likewise, not all windows are easy to dress. Though the design is important, the practicalities should always be considered.
5. Treat it Like an Investment
Let’s face it, quality window treatments don’t come cheap.
From materials costs to particular designs and tailoring specifications to your needs…the price can quickly stack up. Of course, it’s about finding the financial balance that’s right for you and your home.
However, know that it can be a worthy investment.
For instance, you may save money upfront on discounted blinds and drapes. But low prices and high quality don’t tend to go together. Cheap treatments break, bend, fray, tear and, ultimately, stop working far sooner.
Spending a little more upfront can save you money down the line.
Equally, top quality treatments (like wide-slatted wooden shutters, or luxury full-length drapes) can actually add value to your house as well. The aesthetic advantages translate to higher resale value. That means more money in your pocket when you come to sell.
Those designer treatments may pay for themselves.
6. Keep Things in Moderation
It’s easy to go overboard on anything design-related.
Strive to avoid the temptation!
Sometimes less is more; simple is better than complex. For example, the overall décor of the room will suffer if you add reams of material to your windows. You may be going for chic, elegant layering. What you get is a distraction and impractical addition to the room!
Looking for ideas on how to create quality window space? The window graphics ideas here may help.
Final Thoughts on Designer Window Treatments
There you have it: all the do’s and do not’s of designer window treatments this year.
Window treatments go back a long way. Throughout history, people have benefited from the practical and aesthetic additions to the room. However, despite the time we’ve had to perfect them, it’s still all too easy to misfire on window treatment design.
Thankfully, a few simple steps can make all the difference. Hopefully, the information in this post will enable you to fashion the perfect window treatment for your home.
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