point of view
Frame Your Windowpanes with Fresh Embellishments
If eyes are the windows to the soul, actual windows act as the eyes of your home. They connect you to nature and your neighborhood; they provide access to sunlight and storms; and they can be the linchpin of your furniture layout. Because their dressings are often an investment, it’s essential to pick a good fit. With a style to suit every environment and budget, the possibilities for the perfect window treatment abound.
Today’s homeowners expect more from their window coverings, including ease of use, access to views, privacy when needed, and long-lasting varieties like shutters and blinds. Overall, trends are becoming more streamlined; energy-efficient treatments, such as cellular shades, are among the latest offerings.
There are a number of considerations before making our decision, epecially if you have custom windows, which typically cost more to cover than standard sizes. What would look best with your architecture? How much light do you want in your rooms and what, if anything, would you like to block? If the house next door is a little too close for comfort, you may want to hide the view with horizontal blinds that can be opened slightly without exposing too much.
On the other hand, if you live on a lake or a wooded lot where the scenery is the main attraction, remote-controlled options might be worthwhile, especially in the case of multiple windows. Roller or pleated shades allow light to filter through while offering some privacy, too.
SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE
There’s no reason for your window treatments to be bland. On the contrary, fabric patterns can enhance your existing color palette or contrast with the darker tones found on cabinets and flooring to invigorate your space.
Heavy draperies, especially those that feel overly formal, can make a space feel dark and dated. Lighten up with colorful solids or stripes that make any room look like it had a major makeover. Seasonal tweaks may involve swapping more substantial fabrics for sheers in the warmer months. If you have children or pets in your home, consider the length of window treatments and avoid those that puddle on the floor.
Woven shades lend texture to their surroundings while providing a neutral backdrop for any aesthetic. Wood blinds also suit a variety of settings, but there’s no need to stop there. Layering is always a nice touch, especially because fabric can visually soften a space, especially a kitchen or bathroom with hard surfaces and edges.
Sliding glass or French doors can be challenging along with bay windows and other unique shapes. Stationary panels can accentuate windowpanes without blocking your access, and swing arm rods offer another potential solution.
HANG IT UP
Contrary to popular belief, not every room has to match. If you’re concerned with the view from your home’s exterior, select uniform shades or blinds and accent them differently in each room. Added flourishes, such as decorative trim and cornice boards, further enhance the look.
Always measure first, and remember to make safety a priority when it comes to cords and other potential hazards. When it’s time to rethink your window treatments, consider keeping the basics (like roller shades) in place and adding new curtains or hardware for a fresh point of view. Written by Jeanine Matlow.
Curtains may be the star of the show, but they can’t perform without a little help from their hardware. The fact that drapery rods are available in a variety of finishes, from classic iron and warm woods to brushed nickel and bronze, means you’ll have no trouble finding your window’s soulmate. Narrowing down the selection may be the hardest part.
Think beyond the obvious with a vintage oar or a baseball bat reinvented as a rod or add decorative hooks that can hold fabric panels. Anything from your grandmother’s brooch to a childhood bracelet can be used as a tieback that offers a welcome departure from the norm.
Whether you mount a curtain rod on the ceiling, the wall, or inside the window frame, your hardware will help to establish your design aesthetic. Drapery rings can also make a statement that’s dramatic or subtle. Lastly, finials put the finishing touch on your fine presentation.
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