The finishing touch for any room is the window treatment. It is not just a case of hanging any curtain or blind, each room needs to be considered based on the use. Bedrooms may need darkening, a bathroom may need brightening, privacy may need protecting at the front of the house, so all these options must be weighed up when you are choosing your window treatment.
There are a few simple rules when it comes to window treatments for different styles:
Keep window treatments simple. If privacy and darkness are not an issue, leave windows uncovered, a valence or side panel. Otherwise, try simple, sheer co-ordinating blinds.
Silk, linen, tapestry fabrics that drape well and touch the ground are best. If you prefer a traditional roller blind, add heavy curtains that can be tied to the side or drawn for privacy and darkness.
Shorter curtains, cotton window, or roman blinds in neutral colours work well.
For bedrooms, privacy and darkness should be a priority. Look for fabric blinds that contain a room-darkening fabric as well as a design that eliminates light. Curtains may need an additional black out curtain behind the hanging curtains to block light. If privacy is not an issue, consider a traditional roller shade that you can lower to darken and raise to let light in.
In a child’s bedroom, make sure that the fabric will withstand dirty hands, crayons, and craft supplies. Be safety aware and ensure a child cannot reach any pull-cords. Look for fun bright and quirky themed curtains to match the rest of the room.
Privacy is a priority in a bathroom especially if the windows are not opaque. The window treatment needs to withstand humidity. Blinds are a good choice for bathrooms, will withstand heat variances, and are convenient to use.
Practical considerations in the kitchen mean high quality wooden shades fit the bill well. They are very easy to clean and maintain. Many people like to use curtain fabric as well, so care should be taken to make sure they are durable and may be washed in the washing machine.
This more formal room in the house is likely to be the place where you want your best window treatment to be possibly using valances, pelmets, and heavy draping fabric that is tied back with cords or sconces. A formal dressing really makes a statement and sets off the room.
To make a small room (such as a bathroom or guest bedroom) feel larger, keep the colour contrast between the wall colour and the window covering low. Remember, light colours make a room feel larger than dark colours (so choose white walls and blinds over navy blue or charcoal).
There is a wealth of window treatment ideas and they do not always have to be conventional. Again, imagination and creativity can result in some incredible and simple window treatments without needing to go to a lot of trouble or expense either. See our part time interior design courses and study programs where you will learn how to design window treatments and the hints and tips of interior designers.