February 12, 2014

Picking the Right Window Treatments

Selecting the right type of treatment to dress your windows can be difficult. Here are a few things to consider when designing.

Purpose – What is the room’s main purpose? And how will your design function in the space?

Lighting/Privacy – How much natural light do you want to filter out? Do you have neighbors or windows facing a busy street? Fabric and linings come in a variety of weights where you can completely block out all the light or just block out a small amount. You can also use pieces such as lambrequins and cornices as a fixed/permanent solution to blocking out portions light. For little to no blockage you can try sheer fabrics or using shades/draperies that can easily draw open and shut. Allowing light to enter a room goes hand in hand with allowing a clear view into your home, consider the placement of your treatments and how viewable each window is from certain vantage points.

View – Do you want to maintain a view? If so, you’ll want to utilize a treatment that can easily open and shut without obstruction. Drapery panels that draw to either side away from the window work best for this. You’ll also want to use a design that complements the view, something that isn’t so elaborate that it becomes distracting.

Care/Cleaning – How often will you be cleaning your panels/treatments? Basic rod top panels in the right fabric can be easily taken down and tossed in the wash, this is the most convenient option if you plan to wash frequently. Panels that have pleating or are made of special materials will need to be dry cleaned. Board mounted valances, shades, or swags can only be spot cleaned (here are some tips on cleaning your board mounted treatments: www.goodhousekeeping.com/home/cleaning-organizing/shape-up-your-drapes)

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For more help on measuring and designing for your space, don't forget to check out our DIY Design Guide.