Choosing window treatment that suits your requirement and adds flair to your home… is a tough call. After the paint job this is the second most difficult decision. Why? Because you are not going to change your window treatments every now and then, in all its probability you will be stuck with it for at least two/three years, if not more. Since there are so many options to choose from, so how do you decide? If you want it within budget and wisely you would do your homework well, just like I did; knowing your options and all that is available in the market, will help you decide something that will go a long way.
I am a little late in posting in this blog series on ‘Great Ways to Create a Beautiful Home’ … better late than never! This is the part two of the four-part series; to read part one of this series Click Here, it deals with ideas and inspiration for painting your home.
Exploring all possibilities and combinations will save you the hassle of regret later. Sharing my little homework on Window Treatments… these are bits of information that I collated from the internet before settling for the curtains for our home. Depending on the décor and architecture of the house you can decide on a style form in choosing window treatments for your home. This photograph comes in handy in knowing the various styles (and to show your tailor in customizing the style of your curtains!)
Curtains: Curtains are the most common (read popular) window treatment used in homes. They are made of light weight fabric that offers privacy though not complete darkness. Since curtains often come in many different lengths to fit the window or door measurement, there are many ways to hang them. They are hung above the window/door frame, on a rod using rings, hooks, grommets or fabric loop.
Drapes: They are similar to curtains but are normally made of heavier fabric; they offer more effective solution to keep out the daylight (than the curtains). They are almost always lined, plain or pleated and are hung on a traverse rod with or without a string to easily open or draw them. Drapes are a grander than curtains (or any other window treatment) hence are suitable for formal rooms.
Blinds: They are the modern window treatments, a contemporary cousin of Drapes. They completely cut out the daylight (hence the name ‘Blinds’). They are put together in series of slats or louvers typically made of hard material like plastic, vinyl, wood or metal. It needs customised fitment to fix them. They are manipulated through a roller mechanism; Venetian, Vertical and Horizontal Blinds are to name a few styles.
Roller Shades: are a popular choice besides all other window treatment as not only they regulate the amount of light but also add a decorative element to your home. A measured fabric panel (that fits the window frame) is stitched with string and steel strip inserts which pulls up and down from the top by a string through a pulley system. Roman shades are one of the most popular choices.
‘Chikh’, the Indian version of a Roller Shade offers an eco-friendly solution to privacy and décor, all on a budget.
Cascades or Sheers: Are made of flowy, translucent fabric that are either floor length or window length. They are typically used in combination with drapes, curtains or shades for added decoration. If privacy is not a concern then they may be used stand alone; the wispiness of the sheers/cascades make the room appear larger.
Valances: These are decorative top treatments that may go with all other window treatments or may be used on their own owing to the dramatic effect that they add to any window. Their primary use is to camouflage the mounting hardware, cornice board or the pelmet. They are pieces of fabric finished in pleats, gathers, swags, boxed, frills or scallops.
Before you settle on the type or style of a window treatment it is good to put your vision on paper, that is if you cannot work with Photoshop/ or any other software, to visualise a style board for yourself. It helps if you can do that as it gives a fair idea of how it would look.
I hope this comes in handy when you decide for window treatments for your home. I may have missed on many other details or styles but this was my homework, absolutely need based, on easy and frugal availability, when we were choosing window treatments for our home 🙂 Happy decorating!