In a sense, window treatment is an art that balances privacy, aesthetics and light control in a room. Window treatments basically define the style and mood of a room.
Here style is the cornerstone followed by color and design. Hardware also plays a part in its right finishing.
Many a times, the yardstick for choosing window treatments can pose a dilemma as ideas clash--blinds vs drapes: café curtains vs shades.
Semi-sheer window treatments are fine in common spaces such as family rooms or living rooms. Here the determining factor is ample light.
Natural light perks up a living room, so a beautiful semi-sheer fabric window treatment is great for receiving light and maintaining subtle privacy. Thickness matters as thick fabric allows less light as in ultra sheer fabric.
Cellular shades are great for bathrooms and augment privacy. The top-down/bottom-up shade allows users to walk around without being seen yet get enough light.
The first step is deciding the window treat is about the light control required. For a room needing minimal privacy, one can maximize the available natural light by using sheer fabrics.
For window dressing London, more privacy and cozy effects are sought with a higher taste for soft walls having opaque texture and rich colors.
Overdressing windows will make a room look dated. But curtains bring a pattern to the room.
Shades are practical offering easy light control, instant privacy and a clean, tailored silhouette.
There is a wide range as well. From simple roller shades, insulated honeycomb shades, woven shades, wooden shades and soft fabric shades, they have Roman, balloon and cloud shading variants.
They are a nice choice if windows fail fuller treatment, such as corner windows. They give uncluttered look with a large pattern or motif showing off in the fabric.
Also notice that naturally-woven blinds give a handmade feel thanks to the organic texture. Shades are also easy to be mounted inside the window frame. The general rule is to add two to three inches to the overall width of the shade so that there is enough space for mounting the hardware.
In Curtains, Cafe curtains are ideal for kitchens. They can be as simple as a flat panel tied above the sash and can be pleated to resemble a drape.
Length can be any size, from café style of half window, to full-length curtains that sweep the floor.
Drapes delight with pleated panels hanging from hooks attach to slides on a rod. They may be open or close and will be moving around slides along a track. For traditional looks the trend is to adopt pinch-pleated styles though other options are also open for exploration.
Elegant drapes deliver great impact. For a clean, casual look, hang drapes lend a dramatic effect. Here the fabric puddles six inches on the floor in so many luxurious folds.
For hardware size of the room matters. Mount rods create added height, as they hang higher than the window frame.