ADDING STYLE TO YOUR OTTAWA HOME WITH LUXURY WINDOW TREATMENTS
When it comes to selecting window treatments for your dream home, most homeowners feel a little overwhelmed. From your living room to your bedroom, each room requires special consideration in selecting the perfect window treatment and design. Add that to the fact that windows act as a focal point for a room—meaning a window treatment can entirely transform the look and feel of your home—and making just one choice can seem daunting.
To take some pressure off of you, consider the following tips before making your decision to better pick the right window treatment for your dream home.
Determine Your Needs
First recognize what you wish to accomplish. Windows open up your room to the outside world—and it’s your window treatment that determines the function of your window. You should assess each room individually to determine what works best and what your needs are for each window. For example, you may want an unobstructed vista for your dining room, but more privacy for your study or bedroom. Or maybe you’d like to light your kitchen with more natural light. To determine your needs, ask yourself if you’d like to use your window for the view, lighting, or privacy, and consider the size and shape of the window treatment you will need.
Find the Right Type of Treatment
If you are looking for greater control of lighting, blinds or shutters are a great option. They use vertical or horizontal slats that can be adjusted to allow varying levels of natural light to fill the room. A variety of materials are used for these treatments, including wood, faux wood, and plastic. Additionally, their generally minimalist design make lighting the centerpiece, but they can also be chosen in a variety of colours to complement your design. Similarly, wooden blinds can be a simple but regal addition to your room.
Shades are a great option when you want a relaxed ambience. Good shades are typically fabric that can be pulled down and extended over the entirety of the window. They can mute entering light and are very versatile, with options that still allow for an outdoor view or increased privacy. There are an almost endless variety of patterns and textures to choose from.
Finally, drapery gives you the widest range of variation from fabric selection, to hardware, to style. It can recall the classic sophistication of Victorian mansions and banquet halls, making them perfect for grand rooms with big ceilings. Or it can be quite modern, as is the case with Ripplefold, which can be found in many condos. The difference between creating a casual or rustic feeling compared to an elegant atmosphere is determined by the fabric and hardware you choose.
Consider Your Style
Choosing the proper window treatment will depend on the style of your room. For windows that are a focal point of a room, elegant drapery is great for highlighting them. For smaller windows, a simple shade can retain views or provide privacy while dimming light.
However, for more whimsical designs, patterned prints can be used with both drapery and shades. Consider stripes, leopard prints, and multi-coloured designs; you can even have your own pattern created for a customized design for your room.
For a room with a contemporary design, consider your lighting needs. A less showy, minimalist design can fit in very well, while dramatically brightening up your space. Shades can be matched to the colour scheme of your room, making them an addition that can easily blend into any design.
Make sure you find the right treatment for your windows. Look for inspiration online, in home décor magazines, and even at show homes. Window treatments are a small part of your room design, but they have a big impact on the overall look and feel of your home. Experiment with some different ideas and when you have found the one you love, have a home design professional help bring your vision to life.
Saree Parry Designs – Decorating Den Interiors has been bringing beauty to homes in Greater Ottawa since 2013. From furniture selection, to window treatments, right through to the final reveal, we do all the design and leg work for you. To learn more or to reserve your complementary in-home consultation, contact us today.
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