Current Window Trends: A Few Gems and Ideas

Not long ago, window treatments, like bathrooms, were thought of as strictly utilitarian. Window treatments mostly controlled the amount of light that came into the house and provided some privacy, while draperies kept out at least some of the cold. Now, window treatments are a strong part of the decor of any room, and they should be pleasing to the eye as well as functional.

Mind the Walls

Many homeowners design their rooms around the color of the walls, and this is also true of window treatments. Homeowners choose window treatments that are softer shades of the wall color, such as pink, floor-length draperies over windows set in scarlet walls, or opposite colors such as greens or blues. Also, be mindful of the color of the window frame and the mullions, for these also need to be considered in the overall color scheme.

Soft Treatments

These are basically draperies and curtains made out of fabric. The fabric can be more traditional types such as cotton, linen, velvet or even silk, or unusual fabrics such as leather, suede or faux-fur. Custom drapery is made to order for the homeowner's own windows and are almost a must when the windows are of an unusual size or shape. Drapes and curtains bought in big box or home improvement stores should fit most windows. Of course, the homeowner can simply buy lengths of fabric and make them into curtains or draperies on the sewing machine.

Curtains can hang straight just above the floor, or they can be long enough to puddle romantically on the floor. They can be fastened to rosettes, hooks or bars with tie backs that range from simple strips of fabric to romantic tasseled objects made with gold embroidered thread. Curtains can also be paired with draperies which are tied back and valances whose fabric matches that of the draperies. Curtains are also made into swags over the window.

Window Treatments

How to Make A Swag

Swags are both dramatic and traditional when placed over windows. They are also extremely easy to arrange. If using a simple cafe curtain rod drape the material so that the swag itself is in the front and the ends are in the back. A double swag is two swags and two ends attached to each other. One end goes behind the curtain rod, one swag goes in front, the other swag goes behind the rod and the second end is arranged over the front of the rod. If the swag is homemade, make sure that the fabric is 18 to 36 inches longer than the swag will be. It is wise to make a muslin pattern of the swag first unless the sewer is very experienced.

Hard Treatments

These include shutters and blinds. Shutters are best custom made to fit the exact proportions of a window, and custom blinds are also available. Custom blinds can also be made to the homeowner's specifications in terms of the color and material of the blinds and the width of the blades. Shutters and blinds can be made of sustainable materials such as bamboo and can be painted metallic colors that make them resemble gold, silver or bronze. Some shutters or their louvers can be opened to let in light and air.

These are just a few of the ideas for beautiful window treatments that can be the focal point of any room.

Bio -

This guest post contribution is courtesy of Proctor Drapery and Blinds of St. Louis. Proctor Drapery and Blinds has been in business since 1974 and has over 40 years of experience in window treatments.

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