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Design Tips - My Favorite Window Treatments
I love window treatments and always have. I learned to sew when still a child and I've sewn everything from pillows to pajamas to my wedding dress! But what I love most is window treatments. I don't believe that a room is completely finished until the windows are dressed! Today I am going to share my favorite window treatments.
The first step to dressing your windows is to consider the architecture of the window. Compare the style of your window with the treatment you are considering. Does your window have any architectural details that you want to highlight? A simple treatment doesn’t obscure the architecture elements on a window.
Next, note how the window functions. Does it slide or crank and if it cranks does it crank in or out? These things will determine what kind of window treatment you can use.
After you've determined the architecture of the window and how it functions, follow these simple steps to help determine which style of window treatment is best for your space.
Consider the view. The better the view, the simpler the treatment should be.
- Consider the exposure of the room. If you have a lot of sunlight coming through the windows you might want to choose draperies that will protect your furnishings.
- Consider the size of the window. Older homes usually have smaller windows. You can make your windows look larger with a few tricks of the trade. Or if your windows are very large you can scale them down by keeping the look simple.
- Don't forget to consider the budget. The more elaborate the treatment, the more it is going to cost.
Here are some of my favorite window treatment styles as well as some tips to selecting them:
Hang window treatments as high as you can go.
Mix modern with traditional.
Use inverted pleats for a more contemporary look.
It's all in the details. Consider adding buttons to your drapery.
Mount window treatments on a board instead of using a rod for tricky windows.
Rod Pocket are one of the easiest treatments there are - look good and easy to make.
Think outside the box. Use flea market finds as window treatments.
How about an awning window treatment for a kitchen window?
So don't leave your windows undressed. I hope you found some inspiration today. Next time we'll look at the principles and elements of design and how they relate to window treatments.
Until next time,
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