Use These Interior Design Tips To Make Over Your Window Coverings

The right window treatment, whether it’s curtains, valances, sheers or panels, can turn any room’s windows into a stunning focal point. Remember — you don’t have to decide between curtains and blinds. You can have them both. In fact, when you have both, it makes it easier to change out panel curtains to create a new look from season to season and keep the blinds as a neutral constant.

Don’t fall into common decorating traps when it comes to your windows, instead follow this interior design advice to makeover your windows, and your room, for the better. Handy Tip: Start by measuring your windows first. Here we show you how.

Choosing Living Room Curtains

Consider the overall mood of the room. Do you envision a formal flair or a casual tone? Once you decide this, everything from color to texture to pattern can fall into place. A formal tone will call for distinctively upscale fabrics and prints, such as velvets, paisleys and heavy silks. A casual approach may see more practical fabrics such as cotton blends and linens.

Complementing Your Space

Window coverings should complement the rest of your room, not work against it. Every room has four major decorative elements: furniture (upholstery fabric or bed coverings), floor, ceiling and walls, but only one can stand out as the star of the room. NO matter what role your living room curtains are playing, be sure to hang them as close to the ceiling as possible, leaving just enough room for access. This will make your room feel bigger and your windows seem grander.

Curtain Ideas for Your Bedroom

This is one location where fabrics can veer into the romantic and elegant zone, more than the other rooms in your home. If you are taking a romantic approach, consider complementing it with canopy bed curtains as well. If you’re looking for a way to balance between a feminine and masculine tone, consider chevron stripes or geometric patterns. Bedrooms are one place where heavier bedroom curtains or blinds that block out the light work especially well and allow late risers to sleep in.

How to Decorate Large Windows

When you have an extra large pretty window in a main living space, such as your living room, be sure to steer clear from letting curtains overwhelm the space. Instead, choose living room curtains that match the wall color and don’t create too much contrast for a nice complement.

Adding a Little on Top

Valance curtains are a fabulous way to add style to your windows when floor-length drapes are impractical. This makes kitchens, bathrooms, hallways and foyers perfect candidates for a valance treatment. And be sure to look for matching pieces, like a table runner or placements, to complement kitchen valances.

Tie One On

When a room has a casual, welcoming decorating style, then a tie-up shade can be a perfect window covering. A tie-up shade provides window coverage that lets in some light, while the ties support an easygoing, less formal mood.

Cool It Down

Window coverings will not only help your room look great, but they can also help manage the temperature in the room. If you have windows that get a lot of heat from the direct sun, try thermal curtains in a pretty pattern to help beautify your window while blocking out the extreme temperatures.

Layered Curtain Ideas

Two panels are not going to do it when it comes to hanging curtains. To have the right kind of fullness, be sure to make your curtains at least twice, or two and a half times, the size of your window, so that they gather nicely. Layering sheers with heavier fabrics is also a nice way to achieve a full look. You can use a double curtain rod to layer a set of sheer curtains behind a set of heavier curtains.

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