Designing homes has never been an easy job; nor will it ever be. Home owners often overlook the minute details when planning the design of their rooms. While the rug or the sofa captures 75% of their attention, smaller objects like window treatments must also not be overlooked. Herein, the imminent issues emerge.
In this space, we bring to you expert opinions on the various types of window treatments that work best with variegated types of spaces and their specific needs. Here is also a list of the most common types of mistakes to avoid.
1. For rooms needing darkness
Heavy drapes have often been a smart choice for bedrooms owing to their light blocking capacities, states Ashley Gensler (Founder – Loom Décor), as they also provide a luxurious feel to formal spaces like the dining and living rooms. If a window comes with a beautiful molding, the treatment should be mounted inside making sure it does not block the detail, states Abby Rodriguez (Vice President – Chelsea Workroom). In case we are talking about an ill-proportioned or small window, you will want to mount the treatment outside. This will create the illusion of a larger window. Drapes are meant to be hung as high as possible, to create a sense of grandeur.
2. For a spectacular sight
Get dreamy, gauzy sheers. If you need light pouring in as well as privacy, consider a simple layer shade underneath. After all it’s the ethereal sensuousness of the house that attracted you. You can’t afford marring it at any cost.
3. For the high-traffic spaces
Roman shades bring a disciplined look to a room; “almost like another element of the window itself, without being too fussy”, states Gensler. The style can be variedly used in bedrooms, offices and powder rooms. These shades are a good option for a home with kids and pets. They are highly functional in rooms with radiators wherein window coverings are not allowed to reach the floor.
4. For a minimalist look
Here we prefer a window treatment that stays just in the backdrop. If that is the thing for you, then roller shades are your pick. “The clean lines don’t distract from the view or other decor,” says Gensler. “They tend to work well in spaces where function may come before form, like bathrooms or playrooms”, she adds.
5. For a more tailored-for-you look
If it is in your budget, go for custom made curtains rather than ready-made ones. These come in standard sizes and may not just fit right. When the installation time arrives, call in a pro to ensure they are hung properly. In order to lay them elegantly, you have to get the best of window treatments states Gensler. How? Imagine steaming out wrinkles and hand-pressing fabrics into shape.
When talking window treatments, Gensler says, “They’re often the most complicated decision in a space”. In order to determine the best curtain or shade for your room, start by thinking of your practical needs such as privacy and light, and then decide on the architecture.
Rodriguez points out, “If the focal point of a room is the window, you want to play it up as much as possible”. On this note, we leave you to decide on the decor that you feel will be best suited in your room. Happy decorating Toronto people!