I was asked a few weeks ago about writing an article for a local window coverings store. They are Advanced Blind and Shade and have a great selection of products. I’m always happy to refer them to my clients for their excellent customer service, competitive pricing and exceptional quality. I hope this might help make a hard decision a little easier.
Window treatments come in a variety of styles, colors and materials to create definition within your home. They serve multiple aesthetic and practical functions but with so many options, narrowing them down can be a little difficult. For each window consider these three design concepts:
Privacy and Sunlight control
With the ability to view outside from our windows during the day the same is true to see inside at night as well. Therefore adequate privacy control is necessary. Light control in a room is extremely important with southern or western window exposures. Window treatments can offer several features such as a reduction in sun glare, room darkening or filtered diffused light. As your planning window treatments for a particular room, make sure you notice how natural light and artificial light will affect the room.
Windows as Architectural Features
Many rooms within a home lack an obvious focal point such as a fireplace or other large scale dramatic piece. Window treatments have the ability to transform an ordinary window into the focal point of a room. Well chosen fabrics with texture, pattern and color will draw attention to an area. Many times a spectacular fabric made into an elaborate drapery will dress up an ordinary view. Windows will also appear longer and wider when they are hung a few inches above and beside the window. A design secret I use most often. The overall style and feel of a room will be accentuated when just the right window treatments have been selected.
Is there a problem?
Knowing what your room’s assets are will make the process much easier. If there is flaw within the design knowing how the treatment will help conceal it is something a designer can easily help you with. So what are the questions you need to ask yourself? Is there a privacy concern? Is your view less than ideal? Is there a fabulous view you would like to enhance? Ceiling height is also something you need to consider. Having a good idea about what you would like to enhance or hide will help you define the best overall design for your window treatments.
Some favorites of mine…
Sometimes the best window treatment is nothing at all. When privacy is not an issue the sculptural beauty of a bare wood window welcomes you in with openness only achieved without a drapery or shade.
This picture above is just a fab room! Love the contrast of deep rich chocolate walls against the creamy trim. Not a lover of turquoise but…these chairs are so chic.
Formal rooms deserve grand window treatments.
Roman shades that are made of bamboo, rattan or other natural fibers add visual interest with their texture.
So many to mention…whatever you decide make sure your selection meets all your requirements AND most important! You love the way it looks.