What You Need to Know About Window Treatments

What You Need to Know About Window Treatments
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    Although window treatments may not make a room, they can certainly have a big impact on any room.

    For it is the window coverings you choose that can affect the amount of light that comes into a room as well as enhance or even detract from the room's decor.

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Window treatments do not come cheap unless you choose a basic shade or blind. Know what you want and prioritize your needs as you seek to add some flair to any window.

Set a Budget

Quite easily, your window treatments can be expensive, going beyond the basic coverings and costing as much as $200 per window. Count the number of windows you want to dress up and multiply that number by the price per window you want to pay.

For instance, with six windows on your list, and a budget of $150 per window you will pay $900 for this project. Add in professional installation costs if you plan to use the services of a home decorator for this job. Taxes and hardware are extra costs to consider too.

Treatment Primacy

With only a certain amount of money to work with, you need to prioritize your window treatments accordingly. This means spending more money on windows in some rooms than others.

Consider your front room, a living area where you entertain your guests. Because this room is of higher value to you than, let’s say a den, you can allocate more money to your window treatments here. What you spend more here will reduce what you spend elsewhere, but the trade off is that you can come away with nicer window coverings in the room that matters the most to you.

Intended Effect

Before you shop for window treatments, you need to consider what you want these embellishments to do for you. If you want to bring in more light, than sheer curtains and blinds may be the priority, dressing the latter up with a valance for added appeal. If a room faces a noisy street or is particularly close to a neighbor’s home, then look for drapes as the heavier fabric will conceal noise and increase privacy.

Consider the view that you want to enjoy or to avoid. Horizontal blinds can block out an unpleasant view while vertical blinds can make it easier to enjoy a pond, forestry or other scenery that is apparent. Vertical blinds can be pulled from side to side too, giving you full access to the outdoors when you want it, while offering privacy when closed.

Your Style

Homeowners often wrestle over what looks good in any room. Your personal tastes matter and what you will have to live with when you make your decision. Tuning in to HGTV and reading home decor magazines will help you to find the look that is right for you.

Controlling light and extending privacy are what window treatments do and come in styles that are plain, pleated, piped or puddled. Practicality is important as is fluidity. The pattern, texture and fabric you choose can go a long way in brightening a room with a variety of swags, valances, cornices, shades and panels available to beautify your rooms.

Measure Right

What unnerves many novice decorators are the measurements. Mess this up here and you may find yourself making repeat trips to the home decor store. Worse, if your window treatments are custom sized, you will be stuck with what you bought. You may get lucky here if your measure too large, but if you measured too short then there is nothing you can do other than to eat your loss.

There are few things to keep in mind when measuring windows especially in older homes. Window sizes may not be uniform throughout the home and should be measured down to the nearest 1/16 inch according to Lowe’s. Use a steel tape measure to record your findings and, if you are nervous about making a mistake, have a friend or your spouse watch what you do and jot down your numbers. Then measure widths and heights again to compare your numbers. Only when you are certain that everything has been done correctly should you order your window treatments.

Window Considerations

Once your window treatments are ready, install these correctly. Use decorative hardware to give your rooms a personal touch, enhancements that can easily be swapped out when the mood overtakes you.

References

HGTV: Getting Started on Window Treatments — http://www.hgtv.com/decorating/getting-started-on-window-treatments/index.html

Lowes: Measure For Window Treatments — http://www.lowescreativeideas.com/Home101/Measure_for_Window_Treatments_0711.aspx

Author Information

Nick Simpson is Social Media Coordinator at Blindsgalore, a leading provider of cellular shades with different colors and elegant wood blinds. Blindsgalore is offering attractive pleated shades at the moment.

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Matthew C. Keegan

Matt Keegan is a freelance writer and editor as well as publisher of "Auto Trends Magazine", an online publication. Matt covers campus, consumer, business and financial topics on various websites and weblogs, and has been published in the "Houston Chronicle", "Sam's Club Magazine" and "Wisconsin Golfer".