Window coverings are not only necessary for privacy and to control temperature, but they also enhance the atmosphere of a room. I have gotten some good ideas from various hotels and timeshare units where I have stayed. But, my best source of inspiration is interviewing my clients to determine their tastes and needs and seeing the rooms where the window treatments will be installed.
Vertical blinds are out. Shutters and Roman shades are in.
Solar shades, Roman shades, roller shades, woven wood shades, wood blinds are all good options. Curtains and drapes have never gone out of style.
There are many things to consider when choosing a curtain or drape. Heading options include tab tops, pleated, gathered, multi-layered, cornice, scalloped, etc. The style you prefer has to be decided, the window size and the room size has to be measured.
You also have to consider the finish of the curtain rod or track. Some finish possibilities are wood, steel, antique brass, brushed nickel, painted, etc. You may want to dress up the rod with a special finial on either end.
Another decision you will have to make is the length of the drape/curtain--window length, wall length, ceiling hung, etc. Looks may be combined such as a pleated curtain with a Roman shade. Bigger windows will require extra fullness. Pleated headers are usually associated with the traditional look, while gathered headings are more casual. It is best to line drapes/curtains for longer wear. If the room has a busy look to it, you would be wise to chose a plain fabric.
You can easily dress up a drape/curtain by adding a contrasting color border, use tie backs, scallop the hem, add beading, add eyelets, etc. The possibilities are endless.
Dreamland Interiors has extensive experience measuring and installing shutters which come in a variety of styles and finishes. Dreamland Interiors also assists clients with their custom drapery and blind needs. A technician and designer would set up an appointment to assist you with your window treatment project at your convenience.
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Natalie A. Gauci
Licensed Interior Designer working in the Tampa Bay, Florida area.