When I first began my design career, I didn't care for designing window treatments. I would specify blinds for privacy, but I never wanted to cover up any views of nature. Over time though I learned that window treatments don't have to be like your grandmother's heavy draperies. Sometimes a pair of soft, simple panels can elevate a room and soften the window frame lines. This creates a more complete look and provides a cozier energy.
Here are some tips for adding window treatments to your home:
1. Consider the room's purpose
Choose fabric and style based on the function of the room. For a casual space, I like a textured linen look. Using a fabric with a fun pattern or design can lift and liven the energy of the space. You can also opt for drama with rich velvet and heavier fabrics. Remember to use this as an opportunity to implement more of the Feng Shui five elements!
2. Use for sound absorption
Many times, I've had clients with spaces that had too much echo or were just too loud. For these instances, I created window treatments to soften the "feel" in the room and we added a sound-absorbing material between the decorative fabrics. This works wonders when you can't bring in more soft/sound absorbing materials like furniture and rugs.
3. Light diffusing or blackout
Decide if you need light diffusing or full black-out window treatments. (From my personal experience...if you're a light sleeper, blackout shades can be helpful.) You can accomplish this through shades, blinds, or also through panels made of the appropriate materials.
4. Get creative
No need to have custom window treatments made if you don't want to. I've found some great panels at local stores like Target. You can even buy ready-made window treatments and have them altered to your design. Mix and match or layer to create your own custom look.
5. Get correct measurements
Measure for your rods and then measure for panel length. When installed you want the rod as close to the ceiling as possible with the panel stopping approx. 1/2" above the floor. If needed, buy them longer than the length you require and have them hemmed.
6. Add the wow
Upgrade a store-bought look with beautiful rod finials or tiebacks. This can elevate a basic look. (In the image below, we used simple white draperies with a gorgeous, upgraded finial) When purchasing store-bought panels, I recommend using two panels per section for a full look.
Hopefully, these tips have encouraged you to consider window treatments and the softening effect they provide. You can now make it intentionally designed, and address any privacy, sound, and light issues while also making it look and feel cozy!