Window treatments include curtains, drapes, blinds, shutters and a variety of shade styles. Impulsively purchasing a set of window treatments that appear to be exactly the kind of treatments you want may result in disappointment once you hang them at home. Several important factors should be considered during the process of buying window treatments so that you are satisfied with the outcome following the purchase.
For example, if the room in which you are going to hang new curtains or drapes experiences an abundant amount of sunshine, you may want to think twice before buying brightly colored fabric. Sunlight tends to fade vivid colors faster than neutral colors. Synthetic fabrics retain color better than natural, cotton-type fabrics.
Professional decorators state that the best type of fabric for hanging curtains and drapes is velvet, linen, faux silk and silk. Extremely durable and easily maintained, these fabrics do not deteriorate as rapidly as other materials. In addition, curtains and drapes made from velvet, linen and silk resist wrinkling and fading due to repeated cleanings and sunlight.
For insulation purposes, tweed, suede, tapestry and velvet window treatments are favored due to their ability to block heat in the summer and retain heat in the winter. Tall windows found in older homes are often ill-formed and drafty, causing increased heating costs in larger homes. Covering these types of windows with insulated drapes made from these fabrics can prevent cold drafts from escaping the area between the window and the window treatment and into the room.
To give small windows the illusion of being taller, measure curtains correctly than add about six inches to the originally length. Hang the curtains above the window frame and add a valance for a dramatic effect.
Remember to add between four and eight inches to the width measurement of your window treatment to add fullness to the completed curtain or drape.
Think about having customized window treatments made for oddly shaped windows. Customizing allows you to have treatments tailor-made to fit your window by a professional interior decorator. You will receive the perfect window treatments this way and won’t spend hours searching for a type of window treatment that may not even exist.
Opt for drapes if you want to block out sound and sunlight whenever desired but remember that drapes are vulnerable to pet and child damage due to their proximity to the floor.
If you are going for a contemporary or eclectic ambiance, think about using blinds or shades as window treatments. Shades are easily lowered or raised to give full privacy or full sunlight whenever necessary and do require only periodic dusting. Cellular (honeycomb) or roman shades are certain styles of shades that offer insulating benefits as well as a unique design suitable for any room in your home.
When pets and small children play a role in selecting window treatments, you might consider remote control blinds that do not have dangling cords or thin rods that could represent a safety hazard in a house full of curious creatures. Additionally, remote control blinds can be operated from anywhere in the home, which may save you the trouble of going from room to room to shut the blinds in the evening.
Giving a little thought to your selection of window treatments prior to purchasing them can potentially save you time, money and the dissatisfaction that comes from buying the wrong kind of window treatments.