Quick and Easy Window Treatments

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Window treatments are fabulous.

Why? For one, well-dressed windows add wow to any room in the house. And they're functional too-they can be used to block light, create privacy, soften sounds, draw attention to great views, and more. And they look good doing it.

To help you figure out which window styles are right for your home and tastes, here's a rundown on the basic types. Do not want to spend a fortune? I'll throw in some easy DIY ideas for dressing up your existing curtains and shades too.

THE BASICS

Curtainstypically hang on rods, tabs, or ties and are closed or closed by hand. This type of window is used in a formal and informal setting.

Drapery panelstend to look more formal than curtains. Drapes are attached to a rod with hooks that allow for opening and closing simply by pulling a cord. They usually hang from the top of a window or even the ceiling to the floor.

blindshelp control light and privacy and may be used with other window treatments or alone. All sorts of materials – including vinyl, wood, and faux wood are available to match the style of your spaces.

Shadesare used to block light and provide privacy too. Styles include simple roller shades; top-down shades; Roman shades with sleek, defined folds; and balloon shades that billow when they are pulled up.

cornicesare affixed to the wall at the top of the window. Paint, fabric, wallpaper, molding or other embellishments, cornices are used to add architectural details to windows.

valances, much like cornices, are hung across the windows, cover curtain rods and add structural interest. Fabric valances may be loosely across the top of the window.

THE QUESTIONS

The tricky part about window treatment is deciding which ones to use and in what combination. A few questions to ask yourself:

What is the style of my windows?

Formal, floral-print window treatments may look absolutely ridiculous in a contemporary home, during which time it probably does not want to become a bank of windows in a formal setting. I prefer simple shades and curtains over layers of fabric in my own home, but there's something about it for a well-designed, formal living or dining room with exquisite folds of fabric framing a window.

What is the function of the room?

This may guide the materials you select for your window treatments. For instance, it's smart to pick up the windows for those who are looking for heavy-duty areas of the kitchen.

What size are my windows?

Trick your eyes into the window with the window above it. Are your windows too narrow? Extend the rod beyond the sides of the window frame. Or if you're lucky enough to have large windows, but they're out of scale with the size of your rooms and furnishings in them, opt for simple treatments with minimal layers and patterned fabrics to downplay the expansions.

What should my window fulfillments be?

If you love natural light as much as I do, you might want to see it. But consider issues such as: privacy (so the neighbors can not make you right after you stumble out of bed in the morning), light control (if you want it as dark as possible when you sleep, window treatments with blackout lining may be the way to go), and temperature regulation (in drafty rooms, honeycomb shades are a good choice for providing a level of insulation).

Oh, and do not forget to look at your windows from outside too!

THE DIY OPTIONS

Formal window treatments with their many layers and multiple fabrics and patterns require more sewing and decorating know-how than this Know-It-All is willing to jump into the moment. But informal window treatments are a breeze to make over yourself. The key is to keep it simple, functional, and fun.

Add oomphto store-bought curtains with ribbons, buttons, bows, beads, tassels, cording, or whatever embellishments suit your style.

Paintwooden blinds a vibrant color.

Sewyour own cafe curtains-they're easy to make funky fabrics or leftovers from other projects.

Createa custom roller shade by purchasing a DIY roller shade kit from a craft or fabric store. Or purchase plain roller shades and decorate them with acrylic paint-try stamped shapes, freehand flowers, polka dots, or stripes. Still feeling crafty? Hot-glue ribbon along the bottom edge of the shade, create a shade pull with leftover ribbon and a charm, and voila! you're done.

Scarlett O'Hara did inGone with the windand make yourself a dress.

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Source by Julie Collins

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