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If you want to set your home apart from the crowd, there are a number of steps you can take, from painting your front door a bright color to adding a variety of plants and other distinctive décor. For a simple, inexpensive upgrade, though, one of the simplest things you can do is to upgrade your window treatments. New curtains, blinds, and other window coverings can refresh any room and enhance how you experience the space.
Before you upgrade your window coverings, though, it’s important to consider elements like color, function, and style. After all, doesn’t every room deserve its own unique treatment?
Study The Styles
When deciding what kind of window treatments best suit a room, it’s worth taking some time to study the different styles. There are different curtain styles, countless types of blinds, plus shutters – and each serves a different function and suits a particular aesthetic. Shutters are ideal if you want to be able to completely darken a room, while blinds are ideal in bathrooms and kitchens because they’re easy to clean.
Mind The Measurements
Another important factor to consider when choosing window treatments is the size of the window and the overall fit. For example, curtains typically fall at one of three heights – all the way to the floor, sill-length, or with a slight break above the floor. Floor length curtains can add a touch of drama to the living room or formal dining area, while sill-length curtains are preferable in bedrooms or dine-in kitchens.
While window treatments can add color and texture to a room, another advantage of upgrading your window coverings is that it can make a room more functional. For example, if you have a hard time sleeping, you might benefit from hanging dark, heavy curtains in the bedroom. Such curtains will block out light and sound and also keep the room cooler at night, making it more comfortable when you’re sleeping.
In a similar vein, you can make your living room a better environment for entertaining by combining blinds and light curtains. This allows you to control the lighting depending on the time of day, so that you can create the right ambiance for hosting no matter when guests turn up.
Window treatments can transform the look of a room, but they don’t work alone; most also include visible hardware that you can use to a similar end. When choosing curtains, curtain rods, and other window treatments, then, consider elements like built-in grommets and curtain rods. Do you want more metallic details or wood? Do you want to hide the curtain rod under a valence? By alternately highlighting or hiding hardware, you can give the same curtains a completely different look, while different rod styles will also introduce new aesthetic options.
Consider Cleaning Needs
Finally, when choosing window treatments, you want to consider what kind of maintenance they’ll need. For example, you wouldn’t hang long curtains near your stove where they’ll be a fire hazard or over your sink where they’ll get dirty and might even grow mildew. Similarly, you don’t want to hang heavy curtains in a damp environment like the bathroom because they’ll stay damp and you’ll need to wash and dry them constantly.
Typically, in damp spaces like the bathroom or areas where curtains tend to get dirty, such as the kitchen, it’s best to install lightweight blinds that you can wipe down or easy-to-clean shutters. You’ll also want to keep kitchen shades high up to minimize dirt accumulation. You don’t want to be cleaning your curtains constantly, in addition to every other surface in your kitchen.
Window treatments are a great way to change your home’s appearance – you can even swap them a few times a year – but they can also make your home more functional. They’re easier to change than paint color, and more useful, making window treatments the perfect styling element.