HOW TO TRANSFORM YOUR ROOMS WITH WINDOW TREATMENTS
Looking for an easy inexpensive way to enhance the mood your home? Window treatments may be your answer. They can make a statement for any room in a subtle demonstrable way. But how do you go about choosing between shades, drapes, blinds or curtains — or even a combination of shades and curtains?
When choosing a window treatment, once you determine how much light you want, we suggest that you start with the style, then think about color and design. After that your hardware choice can create the perfect finishing touch.
Light versus privacy: How much privacy and light control do you need? If minimal privacy is needed, maximize your available natural light and choose sheer fabrics. For more privacy, you can create a soft wall of opaque texture and rich color, which will also create a cozy effect. Just be careful not to overdress your windows with yards of fabric – this could make your room look dated.
Next, here is an overview of the different types of window treatments available and the benefits of each.
Curtains vs. drapes
What is the difference? Both curtains and drapes consist of panels of fabric. How they are attached at the top determines which category they fall into. By definition, curtains are gathered on a rod or attached to it with ties or rings. They are generally stationary and can be opened and closed by hand. Drapes, on the other hand are pleated panels that hang from hooks attached to small slides on a rod. They are opened or closed by a cord that moves the slides along a track. Grommet panels are a nice clean look that can be moved easily on the rod.
The benefits of shades
Shades are a practical choice. They come in a wide range of colors and fabrics and offer easy light control and instant privacy. There are many options: including simple roller shades, woven shades, wooden shades, insulated honeycomb shades, and soft fabric shades. Shades are a good choice if your windows don’t allow a fuller treatment, such as corner windows without much space between them. Your shades can be mounted inside the window frame or on the wall or molding outside the frame.
Blinds have adjustable louvers and vanes that tilt to filter the light. They can be level, to reveal the view, or slanted, to completely block the view. Horizontal blinds can be made of vinyl or metal and come in a wide array of finishes and colors. Vertical blinds can be used to create a more contemporary look. Wood blinds mimic the look of shutters but at a lower cost.
The finishing touch: Choosing your hardware
All types of window treatments need hardware. You can select from something as simple as a spring-loaded rod, ideal for a café curtain, to an elaborate top rod that may outshine the window treatment itself. Hardware which will be covered by fabric is generally plain and unobtrusive, while other hardware can be much more decorative – maybe even including elaborate finials. Remember to always look for styles that blend well with your windows and the rest of the room’s decor.
Rotmans offers one of the largest selections in the area for ready made window treatments. Come visit our showroom and allow our experts to demonstrate how you can instantly add beauty and charm to virtually any room in your home by choosing the window treatments that are right for you.