Tips for Creating Modern Window Treatments
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Windows are the eyes to the soul…wait, that’s not the right saying…but for a designer, maybe it should be. Windows, and more importantly window treatments connect an interior design to its exterior. They allow or block outsiders from a home or interior space, protect the privacy of the dweller, and most importantly for those of [...]
Windows are the eyes to the soul…wait, that’s not the right saying…but for a designer, maybe it should be. Windows, and more importantly window treatments connect an interior design to its exterior. They allow or block outsiders from a home or interior space, protect the privacy of the dweller, and most importantly for those of us who love design, provide another opportunity to create a mood for a design. In today’s post, we’ll provide some tips for designing modern window treatments:
1.Consider your options. Window treatments come in a many options: curtains, draperies, blinds, shades, awnings, and shutters. The choices can be overwhelming. Pick an option that fits with your overarching design aesthetic.
2. Layer. Layering may be a little outdated in the fashion industry, but in interior design, it’s always a winner. Layer transparent sheer curtains with denser opaque drapery fabrics. Layering will enable your client to choose how much light should be let in and how many outside eyes should be kept out.
3. Enjoy the environment. These days everyone wants to “go green,” and though interior design can’t always meet the green standard, window treatments are environmentally friendly. They can keep the cold out, the heat in, and vice versa, depending on the season. Mother earth and your client will thank you for all the energy and heating and cooling costs you save by incorporating window treatments into your design.
4. Know your terminology. Curtains are relatively sheer, lightweight coverings hung without linings. Draperies are heavy, often opaque and highly patterned coverings usually hung with linings. Both are drawn horizontally, while blinds and shades are drawn vertically and are not made exclusively from textiles. Awnings and shutters are structures created from rigid only or a combination of rigid and textile materials and are suitable for use indoors and out.
5. Have fun with it. Window treatments are another opportunity to add style to an interior design. Because they utilize fabric or other materials, they can dramatically impact the look and feel of an interior space. When selecting textiles, choose fabrics with varying color, texture, and density.
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