Homeowner Orientation: Adding Window Treatments

When it comes to home décor, new window treatments can make a world of difference in transforming your space. Whether you’re looking to add a pop of colour or create a calming atmosphere, the right window treatments can help you achieve your desired look and create a beautiful space that you’ll love coming home to. 

In this edition of the Homeowner Orientation Series, we’ll discuss tips on how to select and hang window treatments to complement your new home.

Window treatments and their benefits

Window treatments are a great way to add style and functionality to any room in your home. There are several different types, each with their own unique benefits. 

Blinds are a popular option because they offer privacy and light control. They come in a variety of materials, such as wood, vinyl, and aluminum, and can be customized to fit any window size. 

Shades offer versatility and come in different styles like roller shades, Roman shades, and honeycomb shades. They can be made of natural materials like bamboo or woven wood, or of fabric. They’re excellent for light control, energy efficiency, and privacy.

Curtains and drapes are another popular window treatment option that can add style to any room. They come in various materials and patterns, and they can be customized to fit any window size or shape. They’re great for blocking light, reducing noise, and adding privacy.

Selecting the best window treatment for each room

Choosing the best window treatment for each room requires careful consideration of the room’s purpose, design, and lighting. For instance, in a bedroom, you may want to opt for blackout curtains or shades to block out light and ensure privacy. In a living room, you may want to choose window treatments that allow natural light in while also providing privacy, such as sheer curtains or blinds. For a kitchen or bathroom, you may want to consider window treatments that can withstand moisture and are easy to clean, such as vinyl blinds or shades. Additionally, the style of the room should also be taken into account. For example, a traditional room may benefit from elegant drapes, while a modern room may look best with sleek shades or blinds. 

Measuring for window treatments

Proper measurement is crucial when it comes to selecting the right window treatments for your home. Start by measuring the width of the window at the top, middle, and bottom, and note down the smallest measurement. Next, measure the height of the window from the top to the bottom, again noting down the smallest measurement. If you’re opting for inside mount window treatments, ensure that you measure the width and height of the window frame. For outside mount window treatments, add a few extra inches to both the width and height measurements to ensure complete coverage. Accurate measurements will help you choose window treatments that fit perfectly and provide maximum functionality while enhancing the aesthetic appeal of your space.

Choosing the right materials and fabrics

Choosing the right fabric or material for your window treatments is critical to ensuring that they not only look great but also function well. If the room receives a lot of sunlight, consider opting for UV-resistant fabrics to prevent fading. Fabric weight is also crucial; lightweight fabrics like cotton or linen are ideal for summer months while heavier fabrics like velvet or brocade are perfect for winter. For high-traffic areas, opt for durable and easy-to-clean materials like vinyl or polyester. Consider the style of the room as well; for traditional rooms, silk or damask fabrics may work best, while contemporary spaces look great with sleek materials like bamboo or metal. 

Picking the right colour

Choosing the right colour for your window treatments can be a challenging task. Start by considering the room’s existing colour palette. If the room has a lot of bold colours, consider choosing a neutral shade for your window treatments to balance the overall look. If the room is primarily neutral, you may want to add a pop of colour with your window treatments. Consider the mood you want to create in the room as well; warm colours like red, orange, and yellow can create a cozy and inviting atmosphere, while cool colours like blue and green can create a calming and relaxing ambiance. Additionally, you can opt for patterns or prints that complement the room’s design, or choose a solid colour that adds depth and texture to the space. 

Heights to hang window treatments from

The height from which you hang your window treatments can significantly impact the overall look and feel of the room. Here are some tips to help you determine the best height for your window treatments: 

Hang your window treatments as high as possible above the window frame. This will create the illusion of a higher ceiling and make the room feel more spacious.

For standard ceiling heights, aim to hang your window treatments 4-6 inches above the window frame.

If you have high ceilings, you can hang your window treatments closer to the ceiling to create a grander effect. Aim to hang them at least 8 inches above the window frame.

If you’re working with a small room, opt for window treatments that are close to the ceiling to draw the eye up and create the illusion of a larger space.

If you’re hanging curtains over a radiator or heating unit, ensure that they hang at least 1-2 inches above the unit to prevent any heat damage.

Consider experimenting with different heights until you find the perfect balance for your space.

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