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Window Treatments #1: Why, When & Where


Great windows with a wonderful view need no decoration.

Always ask first:

“Does this window need to be covered at all?”


It’s nice when that happens… but most windows do need some sort of covering, if only for privacy or to filter sunlight.

 Even just a minor excuse for window dressing is much in your favor. A great window solution is a great opportunity to add color, texture, softness and even architectural interest to any room.

If only the rest of life  were so easily managed.

But what if…? There are all manner of benefits that can be derived from having a “a little something at the windows”, particularly in the area of resolving some of life’s small but annoying every day  issues.

Let me count the ways:
  • Good Morning Mr. Sunshine: A sunny morning streaming through your windows often foretells the start of a beautiful day. This revelation is much less appreciated as a 5 a.m. wake up call. Drapery, curtains and shades can be ordered with black-out lining, which does exactly that.
  • The Neighbors Are Noisy/Nosy: Thwarting overly-curious neighbors or even the casual passers-by with window coverings of some sort is self explanatory. One added benefit you may not have been aware of is that heavy drapery that has been lined and interlined will help with chronic noise from the neighborhood. Granted, the most effective solution is still to have your windows double or triple glazed.
  • Air-Conditioning: If you have very big windows, you’ll have heat loss during the winter and heat increase in the summer. There’s an “app” for that….
  • There can also be that kind of creepy, blank, night-time “Black Glass” effect. Pulling the drapery closed at night lends a sense protection and privacy, even if one is already, actually, very safe.

Home is where you should feel safe and secure. Every gesture you make to ensure this contributes to your own well being and shouldn’t be overlooked.

Are you benighted by unfortunate architecture too?

Small windows?  Weird window shape or position? Low ceilings?

Window treatments can work magic:

    1. Small windows? As a starting place, set the brackets no less than 3-6 inches outside the frame. You want the amount of fabric you use to look full and rich. Make the windows look larger by extending the curtain rod even further as space (and reasonable proportions) dictate. You can also hide or modify an unsatisfactory window shape, location or design detail in this way.
    2. Windows located in tight spaces? If there isn’t a lot of wall between the window frame and corner, extend the rod to wall and apply end caps instead of finials. Use a couple of rings on the far side of the end brackets to help evenly distribute the fabric.
    3. Low ceilings? Place the curtain rod at the ceiling line, above the window molding, makes a room look taller, thanks to the increased vertical line.
    4. Don’t stop at the windows. Drapery can also be used behind a bed to create continuity with the drapery at the windows. This makes a great back drop as well as enhancing the bed as a focal point.
    5. Dark Room? Take a tip from stage designers to bring the appearance of more sunlight where there isn’t much. Use a creamy colored fabric for the outer curtain and a yellow fabric as lining. This trick makes the incoming light appear more sunny.
Every picture tells a story.

How do you choose? There are a variety of ways to cover a window: blinds, shutters, shades, curtains, drapery, and even paper. First assess the problem, then find resolution in the simplest, most attractive way. Always remember the big picture of the whole room and choose according to the general style and ambiance you wish to create in the room.

Curiously, this will often be the least expensive route.

More about this next time: Window Treatments #2: A Little Something At The Windows

Related Posts:

(Window Treatments Three Part Series)

Window Treatments #2: A Little Something At The Windows

Window Treatments #3: Drapery, Well Hung


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