Do Your Window Treatments Need a New Look?

Posted by BedfordBrooks in Design Tips on Aug 7th, 2015

Windows are a major part of your interior design. While the size and location of your windows are important to the look of your room, the way you dress them up can also make a huge difference. The right set of curtains can completely change the look and lighting of a room. 

Window Curtains

Why do I Need New Curtains?

Maybe your current curtains are in need of repair. They could be worn down, sun-bleached, or clawed by the cat. But maybe your curtains are intact and it’s the room itself that needs an update. By updating your window treatments, you can dramatically alter the light, temperature, and appearance of your room.

Not Enough Natural Light

Heavy, dark-colored, or lined curtains keep natural light out and darken the room. While it’s nice to shut out the sun sometimes, natural light will make a room appear bigger, and more cheerful.

Lined curtains do have many advantages. They allow for greater privacy, and keep droughts out. Lining also protects fabric from sun damage. If you want to keep the lined curtains without sacrificing the natural light, consider getting tiebacks to pull the curtains back during the day rather than just drawing them.

Blinds are also a good alternative. You can choose how tightly to close them, or draw them up for maximum light. Roll-up shades are also a good alternative to drapes.

If you do choose to change your curtains for something lighter, white or off-white linens create a billowy, bright look. Light colors, even without the added sunlight, will make a room appear bigger and brighter. You can also choose sheer, or semi-sheer curtains.

Make the Space More Formal

Adding a formal touch to your room is easily done. Consider the fabric of your curtains. Silks and velvets go a long way to creating a more formal space. You could also choose decorative curtain rods to heighten the beauty of your window treatments.

Create a Playful Touch

Playing around with the color and pattern of your curtains, or shades can add an element of surprise and fun to your home. Try using cheerful colors like yellow and blue in your kitchen shades to brighten up the place, or wooden shutters in the bedroom for a rustic, country feel.

There are so many options when it comes to window treatments, and they provide an easy update to any room or space in your home.

Experiment with the thickness and texture of drapes, as well as options like shutters, blinds, and shades, to get the most out of your windows. Curtain rods can be purely functional, or decorative and attention-grabbing depending on your taste.

Whether your window treatments are old and worn down, or you’re just ready for a change, take the time to create the perfect window treatments for your home.