A Helpful Guide to Window Treatments & Curtains

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After your house windows are installed, it’s time to dress them with functional, yet attractive window coverings. Choosing the right window treatments can greatly improve the overall ambience of a room. The following tips will help in finding the right solutions in your home.

Where To Start?

Choose function before form when selecting window treatment options, setting aside aesthetic style choices for functional choices. Functional options include privacy concerns or the amount of light entering your house. If you’re concerned about light entering your home, you should choose lined curtains or blackout blinds. Lined curtains are not necessary if light filtering through is not an issue or if the curtains are simply for decoration. However, lining curtains has quite a few advantages that make them a smart choice, even though they carry a larger price tag. Lining curtains shields fabric from sun damage, resulting in longer lasting curtains. The lining adds weight to the curtain panels shielding against drafts and allows the fabric to fall in a more luxurious fashion. To maximize the durability, light blocking ability, and insulation of the curtains, interlining is a great option. Interlining is a layer of flannel-like fabric sewn between the lining and the face of the fabric. This is readily seen in custom-made curtains but is not a proliferate practice in less expensive ready-made ones.

Fabric and Color

Curtains can either harmoniously blend into the decor complimenting the schema, or they can stand out depending on your choice. To blend the curtains in, choose a tone that is the same as the wall but a few shades darker. Or choose a non-dominate color, for example a color that is a soft shade from the rug. To add an exclamation point and energy to the room decide on a bold color for the curtains. It is important to keep in mind that with unlined curtains color from the sun will diffuse into the room, bathing the room in an eerie blue or cheerful pink depending on your choice.

Prints and Patterns

Prints and patterns are a tough decision to make, either ruining or adding to a room. A general rule of thumb is if you have patterned furniture or bedding, or even an elaborate rug, a solid color is best. Patterned curtains are best paired with solid-color furniture or bedding. To create a subtle play of style and energy use a small neutral print, either dots or paisleys which have the ability to read as texture from afar. Large graphic prints that have a color relationship with the rest of the decor is a daring move, but can end up being spectacular.

Mounting Curtains in Relation to the Windows

1. Hang Above the Frame

Mounting your decorative curtain rods so that the curtain hangs four to six inches above the window frame creates the perception of a taller window. You can also hang it between the frame and the ceiling mold, or even mount a track on the ceiling to lengthen a window. Make sure to take into account the extra fabric needed when making measurements.

2. Hang Curtains Wider than the Frame

Having the curtains hang from curtain rods that extends three to six inches beyond the frame on both sides of the window creates a grand sensation. Extra light can bathe the room when the curtains are open, and this method can highlight attractive molding in place. To emphasize this, leave as much as twelve inches on either side and adjust your measurements of the width.

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