Expand a narrow window by extending the rod and treatment
beyond the actual perimeter of the window. Using wider
on either side will make the window appear larger. To
illusion of a taller window, hang rods higher than the window
(near the ceiling).
Reduce the appearance of a large or wide
room by using
vertical blinds to create a focal point that provides
Square-up wide windows by using narrow, floor-length
Diminish the height of a large room by selecting horizontal
such as wood blinds, aluminum blinds, or
How the room is used will help define the most appropriate
window treatment. Consider activities, level and type of usage,
and any other special circumstances that may help as you
select the best window treatment for your application.
- Opt for simplicity that provides adequate privacy.
soft shades or blinds combined with a top treatment.
Certain drapery styles lend themselves to this space as well.
on the location of the window relative to water
sources and/or humidity, you may need to consider a washable
material. Faux wood blinds are an excellent choice for the bathroom
are not sensitive to humidity.
- Anything goes depending on your needs.
For room darkening consider blinds, blackout shades, or
A combination of blinds and a drapery treatment
privacy while maintaining a softened look.
- Blinds or shades are a good choice, as the room
won't be deprived of natural light. Consider whether you want
the window to blend in to the surroundings, or if you would like
it to be a focal point. Matching the wall / trim color or using a
will cause the window to visually recede.
attention to the window use color and pattern.
materials should be washable.
to consider is how casual or formal you
would like this space to appear.
Easygoing Roman shades and
woven woods provide
a warm, cozy atmosphere.
of wood blinds and a fabric treatment would be welcoming,
yet more formal.
Is natural light your preference?
Or is there a need for reducing
the amount of sunlight to prevent
fading and reduce energy costs.
Observe how and when the
sun falls upon the windows.
What direction does each window
face; north, south, east
Southern or western exposure requires additional protection
from intense sunlight. Adjustable shutters or mini-blinds work
best for shielding the sun without blocking out natural light.
Roman shades are a good choice with their snug window-fitting
design and plush folds.
Light-blocking shades and heavier
lined draperies work well when your goal is to completely keep
out the sun.
Northern or eastern exposure call for treatments that retain
warmth and provide insulation. Try a layered treatment such as
cellular shades topped with fabric panels. The honeycomb shape
of cellular shades is naturally insulating, making them ideal for
windows and doors that require additional insulation. Even
a layer of sheers under draperies will increase insulation
keep out the cold. Metal-backed pleated shades and thermal-backed
draperies provide excellent insulation from the elements.
You'll want to select colors and patterns to reflect your personal
tastes and to compliment the room design.
First, you must determine the style/look you're trying to achieve.
- Consider wooden blinds, teamed with a treatment
that has clean lines, such as a straight panel in brushed cotton
colors inspired by nature.
- Give rooms a classic look by using luxurious
Create a romantic feel by using .
- Wood shutters or blinds introduce a natural element.
or ruffled curtains are at home within this
Color, pattern, and texture can set the tone and feel of a room.
Light may be minimized or maximized, emotion is created, and
energy is instilled. Start with the examples below.
Pastels in a sheer fabric of yellow or pink for curtains will
maximize the warming effect of light.
A large area will appear
more intimate by using a heavier fabric in darker shades of plum
or burgundy. Tones of blue and white promote tranquility and in
crisp cotton will take on a very clean appearance.
commonly regarded as the single most welcoming color in
psychological terms, and can be used successfully in a wide
variety of fabrics and settings.
Fabrics and texture serve distinct purposes and have both
advantages and disadvantages depending upon their usage.
- Woven fibers. This versatile fiber can be revered
as a soft voile or beefy Sailcloth; brushed for texture or spur
for softness. Pattern may be obtained by print or through weaving.
This is a very versatile choice with easy maintenance.
- Linen suggests sophistication, and is a beautiful choice
for a more formal space.
This fabric is most commonly found in solids,
or with a slight pattern woven in.
It has a tendency to crease and
drape stiffly; consequently, linen is
often blended with
enhance its softness.
Polyester blends well with other fibers. It is wrinkle-resistant, resilient
and easy to clean. This fabric is very receptive to dye, and therefore
is often available in a wide variety of colors and printed patterns.
- This includes any soft, translucent fabric
(i.e., muslin, voile, lace). These fabrics vary in opacity and gently
diffuse light. Most often these fabrics are used as an accent
underneath a more substantial fabric , but they can stand alone
create a look that is simple, but elegant.