Window Treatments: Practical Works of Art

Rugs are the perfect design accessory for a room. They’re stylish, functional, and serve as the definitive decorative piece for any space. But rugs aren’t the only practical yet elegant home accessory on the market—window treatments are a great way to add your personal touch to any room. Just because shutters, blinds, shades, and drapery hardware are pretty standard functions on windows doesn’t mean they can’t be works of art. You can turn sensible window treatments into beautiful decorations by choosing classy, tasteful pieces that complete the design of the room.

SHUTTERS: For shutters, choose a classic look that will match with any room’s décor. Deep, rich wood materials, such as cedar or solid mahogany, evoke feelings of sophistication and refinement. While shutters can effectively block the amount of sunlight that comes through, if you’re looking for a window treatment with more light control, then blinds are your best bet.

BLINDS: Blinds offer maximum sunlight control because you can customize just how much natural light pours in by raising, lowering, or swiveling the slats. Whether constructed from wood, faux wood, metal, or other materials, blinds can be fine-tuned to let in the exact amount of sunlight you want, whether it’s a lot or a little.

SHADES: Shades are a fun—and easy—way to dress up any room. For a living room, Roman shades (also known as fabric shades) are a good choice because they can be customized to look formal yet still modern. An endless amount of decorative options, from classic pleats to cascade designs, guarantee that you will be able to select a shade offering that will go with the living room décor. Another hot design style for shades is the layered look, especially ones that are lined.

Drapery shades offer a chic, polished appearance while the lined layers keep warm air in during the winter and out during the summertime. Lined layers not only look fabulous, but also save energy — what could be better? Another popular style is solar shades, which are window coverings that absorb heat and block out UV rays. These environmentally-friendly shades can protect brightly colored furniture from fading due to high sun exposure. However, if you just want to block the sun and not the window’s view, solar shades are sheer enough for you to see through but strong enough to keep out harsh light. To choose the right solar shade for your home, it’s important to consider how much privacy you need and how much direct sunlight the room gets, which will help you decide on the exact filter percentage you need for the shades.

HARDWARE: Lastly, like a cherry on top of the sundae, drapery hardware can add just the finishing touch you need to complete a room’s look. These days, rods and finials come in so many gorgeous decorative designs that you will have no trouble finding hardware to match your room. Whether you choose classic, contemporary, or eclectic, the fine detail of drapery hardware will add some subtle style to your space. A popular trend right now is simple hardware, or pieces that look clean and understated, adding sophistication without any chunkiness. Unique steel finishes like chrome, brass, polished nickel, and antique bronze are excellent choices if you want a modern look for your hardware.

From the couch to the coffee table to the area rug, there are so many design decorations today that you can pretty much customize your home to appear exactly the way you want it. Whatever interior décor you choose, window treatments are the final accessories that can really tie a room’s look together.

3 Tips for Choosing Window Treatments

Like rugs and accessories, window treatments are an important design element. They can add subtle hints of color to a room, create privacy, and frame an already beautiful view. Here are some fresh ideas:

1.     Choose the Material

Depending on the look you want, you can choose different materials for your blinds and shades: wood, metal, and plastic, to name a few. Wood and organic materials create a more traditional and natural ambiance, while metal can modernize your space.

For curtains, the fabric can make or break a room. Designers often opt for simplicity of design but elegance of fabric. If you’re leaning toward a luxurious style, for instance, imagine beaded tassels and lavish embellishments on every element of the window. If your tastes are simpler, cotton is a perfect go-to fabric that is sure to please.

2.     Pick the Right Hardware For Curtains

With the trend toward “green” environments, naturally made hardware is making its return. Bamboo, wood and natural materials are now replacing sparkly and man-made hardware because people are opting for sustainable products. Handcrafted hardware can be the perfect complement to beautiful fabric and room accessories. If wood hardware isn’t for you, metal drapery hardware can look equally stunning when paired with compatible colors.

3.     Optimize Natural Light 

Bamboo shades are great for letting in dispersed light and maintaining privacy.  Soft, lightweight fabrics that do not completely block out natural light are are also a fine choice for curtains and can be fun to mix up with different patterns. Whites with delicate patterns, yellows, and light blues are always welcome in rooms that may need a little extra brightness.

Now you can create beautiful window treatments with more confidence!