Consider window treatments as a fashion accessory to the rooms in your home. By selecting the right color, pattern and style of window treatments, you can transform the total appearance of living rooms, bedrooms, bathrooms and kitchens. For example, to create an illusion of spaciousness in a small bathroom, hang curtains with a fabric pattern displaying vertical bands of alternating, semi-dark colors. To add a sense of depth, floor-length curtains in the living room provide height where drop ceilings tend to minimize vertical expansiveness.
With many different styles of curtains from which to choose, knowing which type of curtain functions best in certain rooms helps expedite a home decor makeover. Decorative curtains with frilled valances conceal the curtain rod and present a framing effect to windows. Most kitchen curtains are decorative curtains but these curtain are also found in bedrooms when drapes are not preferred.
Originally created for Vienna cafes in the 19th century, cafe curtains hang on rods using rings and only partially cover the window. They gave diners the ability to watch people walk by the restaurant while they ate, providing sufficient privacy at the same time. Generally enhanced with a valance, cafe curtains are stylish window treatments for kitchens and bathrooms, created from netting or lacy material to allow sunlight into the room.
Grommet top curtains have eyelets, or metal grommets place at the top of the curtain that are hung by threading each grommet through a curtain rod or pole. This allows for easy adjusting of the curtains without the use of pull strings. Because sliding glass doors open frequently, grommet top curtains function well when used as window treatments for these types of doors.
By creating homemade curtains, you can individualize a room with specific colors, fabrics, patterns and embellishments unique to that room. Making a curtain in a pinch is as easy as taking a curtain rod, placing it at the top of a flat sheet, folding the edges over the rod and sewing the bottom of the flap to the curtain to secure the rod.
Blinds and Shades
People hang blinds and shades because they want complete privacy and darkness whenever needed. These window treatments have developed from being plain, plastic white strips to colorful and stylish window decorations made from beautiful, polished wood or exotic, bamboo window shades.
Types of blinds and shades include:
- Also known as Venetian blinds, mini-blinds look great in any room and are relatively inexpensive. Simple to clean and affordable, mini-blinds are a versatile alternative to curtains, especially for windows that receive abundant sunshine and tend to fade curtains quickly.
- Instead of opening horizontally, vertical blinds open length-wise. Using vertical blinds in a room containing other windows treated with horizontal blinds is a common method professional designers employ to lend a dramatic sense of contrast to an otherwise nondescript room.
- Although not as popular of a window treatment as curtains or horizontal/vertical blinds, roller blinds have the unique ability to be printed with images, sports team logos or other iconic graphics that are revealed when the blinds are pulled down to cover the window. Roller blinds especially appeal to college students as a way to dress up their dorm rooms.
Sheer Vertical Blinds
- Resembling sheer curtains but functioning as regular vertical blinds, sheer vertical blinds presents a fabric vane that is overlaid with sheer fabric and allows you to easily control the amount of light and privacy you want in your room. Colors of sheer vertical blinds are usually soft colors such as antique white, white sheer rose and white sheer blue.
- Roman shades can be created from vinyl, bamboo, fabric or plastic and are manipulated either manually or electronically with the assistance of a remote control. These shades mesh with all kinds of rooms and are affordable as well.
Unconventional Window Treatments
Some people choose to treat the glass itself instead of hanging curtains, drapes or blinds. Using window film to cover the glass can help reduce energy costs in winter and eliminate caring for window treatments. Window film is directly applied to your glass door yet is removed easily if you decide to change the appearance of your home. Decorative glass treatments can give your glass a frosted, stained or etched look.
Frugal window treatments include using tablecloths, bed sheets or shower curtains with the aid of a staple gun and some free-floating creativity.