The right window treatments can make a huge difference in your home. If you are looking for an inexpensive way to dress up your home, starting with the windows makes a lot of sense. You do not have to spend a lot of money to install new window treatments, but those window treatments can make a big difference in how your home looks both inside and out.
Whether your goal is to dress up every window in your home or just a few rooms, you can use these simple tips to get the most for your money.
1) Match the Treatment to the Window
Think about the window you are dressing up and what the room will be used for. You have a number of choices when dressing up a bedroom window, from traditional curtains and window shades to blinds. Drapes are generally more appropriate for the living room, while adjustable drapes are perfect for kitchen windows.
2) Bigger is Not Necessarily Better
Bigger is not necessarily better when it comes to window treatments. You want to enhance the beauty of the window, not overpower it. A simple set of curtains with an elegant valance will look better than a bulky set of curtains.
3) Think About the Desired Effect
Draperies can really dress up your living room by creating a focal point. A set of heavy draperies can change the entire look and feel of the room. No matter what type of window treatments you choose, the color and style should complement the existing room décor.
4) Be Careful of the Color
It is important to match colors carefully when shopping for window treatments. If you are shopping at a local store, ask for a couple of swatches and use them to match your existing décor. Matching colors can be a bit harder when shopping online, since the color you see on your monitor may not be the same as the real-life color.
5) Check the Return Policy
If you do buy your window treatments online, be sure to check the return policy carefully. Even if the online company provides a generous return policy, it could be costly to ship them back.
6) Measure Your Windows Carefully
Whether you buy your window treatments locally or online, measuring your windows is the most critical step. Be sure to read the instructions carefully and understand exactly where and how to measure your windows. Then measure the windows again to make sure the first one was accurate. The old advice to measure twice and cut once is certainly applicable to window treatments.
Our Bay Area Interior Designers specialize in custom window treatments. In fact, the First Impressions team is highly sought after for helping clients select between shades, shutters, valances, drapes or curtains. Our Walnut Creek showroom offers working window displays for clients to view and test. Our selection of hardware features unique rods and finials by byronandbyron & Orion.