Choose the Right Window Treatments
How to Choose the Right Window Treatments for Your Home
Remember the last time you had friends over, and you were embarrassed by windows without anything to jazz them up? A good set of window treatments can add the perfect finishing touch to any home. Whether you have a window that doesn’t fit with the room, or you’re not sure about style and colors, our Bassett designers can help you find the perfect curtain ideas that coordinate with your interior design tastes.
Let’s lift the curtains on your windows. If you’re searching for window treatment ideas for your home, we’ve got you covered, no pun intended. Find the best way to add window dressings to your home here!
What Kind of Window Treatments Go With My Room?
Curtains can make or break a space. It’s important to choose curtains with a style, color, and pattern to enhance the surrounding décor when thinking about window treatment ideas for your home. Window curtains can even add a wow factor without intruding or detracting from the environment. In short, your decorating curtains should look like they belong in the space.
If you need help deciding which window treatments to choose, look at the design of your room. Here are some room situations you may have in your own home and how you can remedy or enhance them.
• Rooms with Bright Sunlight: Avoid light-colored fabrics as they will fade faster. Opt for darker colored curtains with window sheers to diffuse the harsher natural light during the day.
• Dark Rooms: Whether your room has darker walls or a lack of natural sunlight, you can create light in the room by using a light-colored and lightweight solid or patterned fabric. You can also consider blackout blinds.
• Bold-Colored Walls: If you’re going bold on one wall or all four, why not go bold all the way? Choose a curtain with the same base color as your vibrant wall color to create a monochromatic theme. It will continue your bold statement and add a splash of texture to space.
• Bright-Colored Walls: Choose a heavy fabric that incorporates a bit of your wall color in a vibrant pattern. The richer texture will add weight to space, while the design can add a pop of fun.
• White Walls: White walls give you a blank canvas to make your curtains the design focus of your room. Select a geometric or technicolor pattern that will showcase your style and add a fun look to your clean, white space.
• Small Windows: To make smaller windows appear more prominent, mount your curtain rod or other hardware above the windows so that your curtain falls to just below the windows’ height. This will draw the eyes upward, giving the appearance of taller windows. Mounting the curtain rod can also make narrow windows look more expansive. Voila!
• Privacy or Separation: Need to create a separate space between two rooms? Try a curtain divider that entirely or partially covers an entry. You will have the option to open the area or close the curtain when you want some separation and privacy.
• Busy or Eclectic Spaces: Choose a neutral color! If you have a lot of pattern and color already going on in your space, a neutral curtain color will add a resting area for the eyes without detracting from your already stylish room.
• Neutral Rooms: The best window treatment ideas for your home are about finding a nice balance between opposing color schemes. Bold colors go along with making your room pop. If your room is relatively neutral throughout, pick a bold color from the throw pillows, throw blankets, artwork, or other décor items and carry that color onto the curtains for a glamorous pop of color and excitement.
• Blank Canvas: Does your room lack style elements? If you’re not a collector of décor, art, or other objects of affection, make a statement with floor-to-ceiling curtains that add unique glamour and elegance.
• Wallpaper: Don’t be afraid to mix patterns. Adding fabric window treatments to a wallpapered room doesn’t have to be a challenge. Replicate one color in the wallpaper in a solid-colored window treatment. You can also coordinate your room’s look with a pattern with the same colors as your walls but stick out a little bit from the rest of the room.
• Match the Furniture: Do you love your new furniture? You can continue the classic look of your table to garnish your windows as well. You may be able to order fabric by the yard from the manufacturer. Check with your Bassett designer to see if we offer the material you’re looking for.
• Use Nature as Your Guide: Bring the outside into your home! Sometimes, you don’t need to look further for inspiration than Mother Nature. Look outside your window and notice how the seasonal colors naturally blend. Replicate the same colors inside for a soft, earthy feel.
Are Curtains Going Out of Style?
Curtains are essential for room design, especially for your living room. So no, curtains will never go out of style. This is because window treatments aren’t just design features; they serve several functional roles in your home. From adding privacy, insulating your room from rising and falling temperatures, buffering noise, and blocking out light from the outside, curtains serve many purposes.
Curtains are also wildly adaptable to changing design trends. You can buy them in solid colors, patterns, abstract designs, just about anything you want to make a cohesive look. Whatever you want, there’s a design out there for you. You can also talk to Bassett’s design team to find inspiration for your home.
Some curtains styles may go out of vogue, but adding window treatments to your home will always be an important design decision.
What’s the Latest Trend for Window Treatments?
Many experts and analysts agree that soft neutrals and monochromatic color schemes are in. We recommend getting custom curtains that are bright and themed around nature that mix well with your existing furniture. That includes solid colors like cream-white, soft browns, and warm gray tones. In short, clean and simple makes a strong statement for your room’s feel.
It’s essential to consider the bigger picture of your overall room’s theme when making this decision, too. How will the solids of your curtains mix with the rest of your furniture?
What Kind of Fabrics and Colors Should I Use for My Curtains?
What are you trying to accomplish in your space? The type of fabric and length will both play a role in your research process for window treatment ideas, helping you achieve the look and feel you want in your room.
• Curtains for Privacy: Medium- to heavy-weight curtains will screen your windows from passersby or nearby neighboring windows. If you don’t want to obstruct sunlight, hang your curtain rod above the window and a little wider on each side of the window. That way, you can allow sunlight in when you want it, then close the curtains for privacy. You can add a backing to thinner fabrics for additional privacy, as well as a blackout or room-darkening liner to block out sunlight when needed.
• Added Warmth: Choose heavier or lined fabrics to add warmth to your space. Velvets, wool, rich linens, and other medium-weight fabrics are popular choices. Also, consider incorporating the warmer colors in the color spectrum: reds, oranges, and yellows.
• More Light: Opt for lightweight fabrics that allow daylight to filter through. If you aren’t worried about privacy, consider unlined or sheer curtains or combine the look with wood blinds, Roman shades, or relaxed Roman shades.
How to Choose a Curtain Length:
Aside from valances and shades, you may wonder how to choose curtain length. Most ready-made curtains come in standard measurements of 48, 60, 72, 84, or 96 inches. You can always buy longer curtains than you need and have them cut back to the desired length. If you have your curtains custom-made with us, you can select the exact size you want.
You’ll want your full-length window treatments to at least land slightly below the window frame. Anything shorter than your window will look awkward. As mentioned earlier, you can mount your curtains higher than the window frame to provide the illusion of taller windows. If you’re going for a more formal look, you’ll want to extend the length of your curtains to well below the bottom sash, perhaps even to the floor or splaying slightly across the base for the most formal of looks.