A well-dressed window can make or break your home’s aesthetics. The first question you need to ask yourself when choosing a window treatment is: “What are the purpose of this room and these windows?” You’ll find that it’s easier to pick the best option when you know how and for what purpose you will use the room.
Worried about too much light or heat getting into the room because of your windows? You can install UV window film so that you can choose to dress it up with light curtains. This way, you don’t have to worry about how the sun’s UV rays are going to affect the fabric of the curtains or the insulation in a room.
Rule #1: Hang Curtains High and Wide
The rule is to place the curtain rod 12 inches above the window and three to six inches more on either side. This is appropriate for luxurious drapes. It will give your room more length and width. As a result, the room will look bigger and more spacious.
Rule #2: Use Layers
Do you notice that with designer windows, they use at least two or more window treatments? That’s called layering. You can combine any two options: shades and drapes, wooden blinds and curtains, Roman shade and plantation shutters, etc. This rule is beneficial both for function and style. By function, two or more window treatments increase the insulation in a house. By style, they look better than a single fabric draped over the windows.
Rule #3: Spend on Your Window Treatment
Shutters and wide-slat blinds are more expensive, but they look better than those cheap plastic ones that you can purchase from the hardware store. Your window treatment is one of the focal points of your living room or kitchen. Don’t scrimp on the material because it can cheapen the whole look of the room.
Rule #4: Don’t Go Overboard
Two or three window treatments will make your windows look elegant and luxurious. But putting together three of the same materials? Or combining four or more? They will block the light from coming into the room. As a result, the room will feel dark, dingy, and heavy. Not to mention that excessive layering will make a room feel small.
Rule #5: Use Different Treatments for Each Room
Every room in your house should tell a story. Your bedroom should be a sanctuary. Your living room should be welcoming and entertaining. Your kitchen should be fun and functional. Using the same window treatment for all rooms will rob them off their characters. Use the window treatment that’s going to complement the function of each room.
Rule #6: Measure, Measure, Measure
If you are going to buy a ready-made set of curtains, make sure to purchase ones that are longer and wider than your window. This will allow you to customize the size of the curtains. Also, there’s nothing worse than using curtains that do not fit the windows, so measure the windows first before purchasing anything.
If you don’t have the budget for an elegant window treatment, you can either save first or recycle old curtains already in the basement or attic. With a little nip and bud there, you can create something wonderful from the old fabrics. As far as aesthetics go, those old fabrics gathering dust in your attic could be the trend again.