Window treatments can make or break a room…
…and there’s nothing that can feel more unfinished in a space than a bare window. Yet with copious amounts of options (shades! draperies! panels!) how do you know what to pick for your space? Here’s the four things I keep in mind, and you can use as guidelines, when planning window treatments…along with a sneak peek of what we chose in our own home!
1. Consider the room’s purpose.
Throw away the misconception that window treatments should match throughout the home. Different rooms serve different purposes, which means they each require different dressings. For example, I like to use heavy draperies in media rooms and/or basements because the sound-deadening quality makes a huge difference when watching the latest flick on your sofa. Yet in bedrooms, I often opt for a blackout shade with sheer panels for a soft, romantic and relaxing aesthetic.
2. Figure out the window’s main function.
Will you be utilizing your window for a cross-breeze, as a source for natural light or for a marvelous view? I like to use non-fussy roller shades that are as seamless as they are functional for windows that will be accessed heavily.
3. Keep in mind privacy.
In any bedroom and/or bathroom, I always splurge on a privacy lining. If you’re a light sleeper, you may want to also invest in blackout/privacy lining. Whatever you decide, be sure the window treatments you pick keep your home private, comfortable and at ease from the outside world.
4. Think decor.
Lastly (but certainly not least!), think of your window treatments as the cherry on top of your well-designed ice cream sundae. Try patterned panels to take an already-lovely room to the next level, or go glam with metallic textures. Because I like to switch my decor each season, I like to use a light, airy pattern in the summer and a heavy tweed in the winter. Find what works best for you, and go for it!
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