Windows that Impress: How to Dress Your Windows

Styling the windows is usually a task that gets neglected, but this should not be the case. Shutters, blinds, and curtains could have a massive impact on any space, whether in the living room, bedroom, or kitchen.

Each window treatment’s overall style, material, size, pattern, and color should be taken into consideration. Window dressings need to tick a ton of boxes, from contributing to a space’s aesthetic and atmosphere to providing privacy and insulation.

So, how do you go about this and get it right?

Plan Well in Advance

When dealing with a new addition or empty room, it’s vital to plan ahead for what specific window treatments you want to use to make certain that they will look great on those new windows your window contractor will install. Start by deciding how your new space will be used and keep in mind that you use rooms in various ways and at different times throughout the day.

Match Window Treatments to The Room’s Function

For instance, although pooling and long drapes can instantly give a room a dramatic and subtly elegant feel, they’re really not that practical in rooms that experience high traffic, such as your kitchen and bathroom, where function and practicality is key. Likewise, while you can opt for specially treated fabrics suitable for use in kitchens and bathrooms, never use certain fabrics, such as silk, in high-moisture environments.

Build a Mood Board

Creating a mood board containing all the styles of window dressings that appeal to you early on when designing a space will help ensure that you don’t forget about them. This will also help you focus more. You might realize for instance that most images in your mood board are of patterned drapes and wooden shutters.

Don’t Be Scared of Pattern and Color

Use all the color and pattern you want, but make sure that you repeat your principal color within the space, whether on your cushions, rugs, lampshades, or paintings. Think of how the drapes would look when open and closed as well.

If you have huge windows, drapes in a bold design or color would become a significant design feature when closed, while patterned drapes that are hidden when drapes are open would be completely visible when they’re drawn. Take note that sunlight can fade the fabric so it’s best that you also install a blackout lining to prevent fading.

Tropical seaview through the window

Go Minimalist

Minimalism is every practical designer’s buzzword today. Instead of looking at drapes as both decorative and practical, you could consider focusing on their main function, which is to block out harsh outside light and offer privacy. This might mean that standard transparent sheers or roller blinds are all you need.

Consider the Length of Curtains

Drapes in general must be long, floor length even. But taken to the next level, it could look messy. With that said, get measurements for the drapes after the installation of the pole or rail to avoid errors.

Sure, finding the most appropriate window dressing—one that offers privacy, blocks UV rays, and complements the room’s aesthetic—could be quite difficult. So, look to the tips above to help you get it right.

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