Although it’s true that when decorating a room there are many aspects to consider, window treatments truly are one of the more important ones. A window covering can do wonders to affect the lighting, look, and overall feel of a room.
Because the window treatment is such an important atmospheric element, when you are choosing a window treatment, there are several different components to consider.
Define the Window Treatment’s Purpose
Window treatments come in all sorts of shapes, sizes, and purposes. Take an honest look at the room and determine what it is that you want to achieve with a window treatment. Does direct sunlight beam through the window and therefore you want something to block it? Does hardly any light get in the room, and therefore you don’t want to block anything at all? Knowing what you want from your window treatments will help you pick fabrics, styles, and constructions that will bring you benefits and help you succeed.
Know Your Style
Color and types of fabric are going to deeply affect how the window treatment makes the room feel, so consider the look you want before purchasing anything. The texture within the fabric of a curtain will do wonders to define the mood of the room. For example, coarse textures tend to absorb a higher ratio of light, which creates shadows and makes the colors appear to be darker. Conversely, textures that have a shimmer to them will reflect light and consequently will make colors look lighter. Although mixing the two might create an interesting look, it may also confuse the perceived lightness of colors.
It’s also important to consider the overall style of the room and to pick a window treatment that will match the style. For example, in a Victorian-themed room, a modern pattern of black and white stripes might not make sense. In a very modern space, traditional woven patterns may not work. The key to any room design is to create cohesiveness within the space.
Consider the Shape of Everything
As many know, horizontal and vertical lines have opposite effects upon the perception of a space. For example, vertical lines give the appearance of height, whereas horizontal lines give the appearance of width. So, to make something appear wider, horizontal lines are great tools. To make a space with low ceilings appear to have higher ones, vertical lines can do the trick. Note also that although windows themselves are typically closer to a square than a rectangle, the way window treatments are hung can – when closed – give the appearance that a window is one large rectangle.
When it comes to window treatments, there is a lot to consider. However, there is also a lot of potential benefit to a well-planned, beautiful window treatment as an addition to a room. With the ability to completely change and affect the lighting and the mood of the room, widow treatments are truly an important element that should be included in any room design or re-design.