For Fun Friday // Window Treatments

Window treatments are the icing on the cake of any space but often times are overlooked.  They can set the tone of your space, whether it's rich and elegant, light and airy or bold and playful.  There are so many style options when it comes to window treatments, we understand why it's easy to get overwhelmed.  Don't worry!  We're here to guide you with a quick how-to!

Source: Melinda Hartwwright Interiors

Source: Melinda Hartwwright Interiors

1. Where to Start:
 

First things first!  What purpose do you want your window treatment to serve?  Are they there just to add a decorative flare to your room or do they need to block light and provide privacy? If your answering the latter then it is best to use lined curtains, blinds or shutters. Though these options may be a little bit more expensive, they are more durable, provide better insulation and are great for privacy.  Before you shutter at the word "blinds", we can assure you that there are some stylish alternatives out there! Trust us!

Design: Pure Salt Interiors / Photo: Stephanie Anderson

Design: Pure Salt Interiors / Photo: Stephanie Anderson

2. Texture:

You may want to consider the style of your room when it comes to texture of fabric.  If you are designing a formal dining room then a heavier velvet or silk would be appropriate.  If you want something casual then we suggest something lighter such as linen or a bamboo roman shade.

3. Color/Pattern:

If you want a subtle look we suggest going with a neutral color just a couple shades darker or lighter than your wall.  This will help create some contrast without overpowering the room.  If you want something that pops then you can play around with bold colors.  Keep in mind that the sun will fade your shades so a lined curtain is best!

Design: Amber Interiors

Design: Amber Interiors

Pattern is great but just be sure that if you're using patterned curtains or drapes that they don't clash with any other patterns in your space such as a rug or upholstered furniture.  Keep it simple!

4. Length

If you can't tell by now, we're a fan of floor-length curtains.  However, hanging curtains can be a head-scratcher.  How long should they be?  Am I hanging this right?  These a just a couple questions that might be running through your head.  Floor-length curtains can be hung a couple ways. 

Design: Alexander & Co. / Photo: Felix Forest

Design: Alexander & Co. / Photo: Felix Forest

Design: Becki Owens

Design: Becki Owens

Slightly Above the Floor
This length is great for a tailored look.  You want your curtain to hover just about an inch over the floor.  A great benefit of this look is less dust and dirt to clean!

Grazing the Floor
This look definitely will earn you some style points but are a little bit more high maintenance because of dust bunnies.  Let your fabric drape a few inches on the floor or for an even more dramatic look, go for the six inches!

5. Mounting

Mounting gone wrong can make for an ugly site.  You'll generally want to mount above and outside of your window molding.  You don't want to hide the pretty details on your window frames!  Below are a couple tips.

Design: Studio McGee

Design: Studio McGee

Design: Amanda Barnes Design / Photo: Alyssa Rosenheck

Design: Amanda Barnes Design / Photo: Alyssa Rosenheck

Go Wide Another way to make your window appear bigger than it actually is, is to hang your rod a few inches wider than your window casement.  This will make your windows seem grand and luxurious!  This rule of thumb is best for windows oriented horizontally.

Above the Frame If you want to elongate your room and make your windows seem taller, this trick should do the job.  Mount your curtain rod 4-6 inches above your window frame.  Or, midway between your frame and your ceiling mold.