Window treatments are like the finishing touches to the decor. They complete the look with their style, color, texture and functionality. It is wise to include your window treatment in the design process; this will save you from the last minute changes and even chances of spending more than the budget.
Experts believe that window treatments are integral to the design process. So, whenever you begin designing the room, think about them and try to create a uniform look. Before beginning on how window treatments offer a fresh look to the rooms, here’s all the window treatments that are available and how they are different.
Drapes: They are different from curtains. They are floor length fabric panels that are hung on the rod and create a formal look. With drapes you can create a layered look and they are more preferred in the living room or formal dining rooms.
Curtains: They offer a more relaxed feel and usually have a breezy fabric, though you can have blackout curtains as well. Like drapes, they too hang from a rod.
Shades: like curtains and drapes, they are made of fabric, but their operating mechanism is different. They don’t hang from a rod. There is a cord that can be raised or lowered at different positions to control the amount of privacy you desire. They also offer light filtering or room darkening options.
Blinds: Like shades, blinds are attached to a frame and they have a lifting mechanism. They however, have slats or louvers instead of fabric that can be titled at angles for better control over light and privacy.
Shutters: – They don’t hang, rather they are attached to a desired frame. They are fitted in the window opening and open or close to your preference. They have slats that you can tilt to various angles for better outside viewing or maintaining privacy.
How to choose window treatment to freshen up the look?
Choose length based on function and style – a long fabric panel, like drapes will create more formal but less functional look. Think how often you’re going to open or close them before deciding on the length. For playrooms and nurseries, floor length panels would get in the way.
Blinds or shutters for slanted ceilings and dormer windows – with slanted ceilings like in the attic, it’s difficult to hang a rod. In such places blinds and shutters are a better choice.
Don’t opt for a different look for every room – Consistency has always been a popular trend and it creates a cohesive look. You can use similar window treatment for every room, play it up or down or pair it with other window treatments etc.