Window Treatment Design Tips
There are many window fashion products to choose from and knowing which ones are right for your windows is a great place to start. Your answers to the following questions will help guide you in the right direction.
- Which direction does the window face?
- How long will you be in your home?
- What is your budget for the project?
- Are you concerned about protecting your room from the sun and harmful UV rays?
- Is safety a main concern?
- Do you have pets or children in your household?
- Would you like your window treatments to be environmental friendly or made from sustainable sources?
- Have you received input from other members in your household to determine their needs and style preferences?
When designing your window treatments, prioritizing your needs for the window will help you narrow down your options. Start with the basics needs: privacy, light control, function, and style.
Some people do not need privacy in window treatments. For many of us, however, privacy can be a major issue. If you have a bathroom window that looks directly into your neighbor’s hallway or a dining room that looks out on a busy sidewalk or street corner, you probably need privacy.
Depending upon your goal, window treatments can let the sun light in and keep the harmful UV rays out, filter some of the light, or block the light completely.
First, look at the window in the framework of the room and how the room is used. Do you have beautiful windows that you want to show off or do your windows need a little help with some type of “cover-up”? Do you need your windows to provide most if not all of the lighting for the room? Is your window a focal point of your room?
What is your decorating style? If you’re not sure, Windows Dressed Up can help you define your style and can help you coordinate your window treatment with your decorating style.
There are many different places to start your selection process and in the end, you will have defined your style and created a beautiful window.
- Use your favorite color as a guide.
- Take cues from current trends both in the world of fashion and interior design
- Use your favorite texture or pattern, such as tweed or floral.
Finally, if you need products that address privacy and light control but still would like to infuse style into your room, layer the treatments. For instance, put blinds next to the window to control light and hang fabric panels for style and color.