With time, the materials and designs used for windows have changed and evolved and with them the window treatments we used to give our homes an inviting and pleasant look. Some are inspired by the classics, some are more creative and some are really unique.
But before we start analyzing specific designs, let’s take a look at the elements you need to take into consideration before choosing the right window treatments for your home.
When using print fabric on your window treatments, take into consideration that the pattern won’t look the same if you design it with pleats. See how it looks flat and how it looks with the ripple effect. You might not like the difference.
You also need to take into consideration the pleat style. It’s a small detail but it can make a big difference. There lots of different styles to choose from, some of which are more versatile and look great in both contemporary and traditional homes such as the inverted box pleat or the top-pinch pleat.
Hardware is also very important. For example, the drapery rings can totally change the way your windows look like. Figure out how many you’ll need, how big and how you want them to look in terms of color, finish, etc.
Length is another important element. The curtains should just graze the floor to pay attention when installing the panels. You don’t want them to form a puddle which can completely throw the design out of proportion.
Make sure you get the tieback placement right. It should not be placed in the middle of the panel but at either the one-third or two-third point on the panel.
You must also decide how much return you want for the window treatments. This is the distance the drapery hangs away from the wall and it can affect proportion. Larger or taller windows need a deeper return so they don’t look too close to the wall.
But enough with these draperies, curtains and rods. There are other types and designs you can choose from. For example, take a look at these creative ideas:
Use tree branches instead of the usual curtain rods. Use nature in your design and you’ll get to save money and to make your home look a lot more inviting and unique. You can spray-paint the branch to match the floor or some other element in the room.
Pick a window treatment that matches the theme of the room. For example, this jungle-inspired nursery features that natural valance that looks simply amazing.
Carved wood panels.
Carved wood panels make this living room look simply stunning. The panels can be custom-made and they’re simply installed in front of the windows. They’re a sturdy decorative element and you can hang them from from a rod or suspend them from the ceiling.