Most every room in your home has a window, often more. Wonderful for letting in natural light. Perfect if you have a lovely view to behold. Do they really need to be covered with curtains or other window treatments? When privacy is a factor, then the answer is obvious. But there is so much more to the story. Windows are a focal point and so let’s take a look at how you can make the most of this important element.
Although today’s window dressings have veered away from heavy draperies and fancy swags, decorating with fabrics is never out of style and the choice of colours and patterns makes it easy to enhance any window. Modern rooms with all their clean lines and spare furnishings are warmed by neutral curtain panels with texture woven into the fabric. Look for panels that have coloured or metallic threads, or nubby fabric that feels soft yet bumpy. Hang panels so that they can sit beside the window covering the side edges. If the curtains are going to be closed, panel widths should equal 2 or 2 ½ times the window width for ample appeal. Each room can have a different solution. For a lighter feeling during the day panels can be tied back with fabric, cord or why not chain for a distinctly metallic effect.
With all the hard surfaces in the kitchen, if you are lucky enough to have a window, a fabric shade makes a refreshing statement. A sleek roman shade shown here in black and white plaid softens the tile walls and can be adjusted as needed. Shades are soft window coverings that vary in their ability to block out light and views according to the material.
Blinds are a perennial favourite for windows of all types and sizes. They are comprised of multiple hard slats or vanes that sit open for full views or tilted or closed for solid coverage. There are many material options including wood, metal, composites, woven grasses and bamboo. Wood woven blinds made from sustainable materials allow light to filter through creating an attractive cover that meshes well with all styles from urban chic to modern traditional. You have the option of customizing blinds with decorative hems and/or side trim that tie in with your room’s décor.
While you are considering the choices for dressing your windows, check out the hardware that will take your window treatment to the next level. Curtain rods in wood and metal are finished off with finials in all shapes and sizes. Made of metal, wood, glass and ceramic in classic shapes such as arrow head, twisted metal balls, Napoleon style and crystal orbs extend and enhance the design element of your window.
If you have hard to reach windows or simply like the luxury of fingertip control, look into the latest in electronics. With Hunter Douglas Powerview you decide when and how much coverage you want. “Use the PowerView® App to control your shades with the swipe of a finger. Create customized Scenes that move each of your shades to your preferred positions, then automate the Scenes to operate on their own throughout the day. You can even schedule Scenes to move with the sunrise or sunset based on your location. The App is compatible with Apple® and Android™ smartphones and tablets.”
Plain or fancy, hand drawn or remotely managed, give your windows a new look that brings them into spectacular focus.