Quickest, simplest, & most affordable ways to change look & feel of a room is to change the window treatments.
Wallpaper, fresh paint or new furniture will of course, nicely do that too. But changing the window treatment is something you can do yourself in no time at all & the visual rewards are immediate & when you work with ready-made curtains, it’s a snap to personally create the feeling you want in a room.
There’s nothing like fabric at the window to soften the angular lines of window, to reduce the noise level in a room or to frame, filter or control the light entering a room from outdoor. And with today’s choice in ready made window treatment styles, colors & fabrics, there no end to the different looks you can create.
If you prefer to have the focus of your room be away from the windows & toward, for example your furniture, or a colorful rug or wall hanging, the obvious choice for the window is a natural or neutral color & a relatively simple style. Even a simple style, however can be graceful & pleasing, like plain curtains can be tied back in middle, down low or up high depending on what looks best to you.
Some people prefer more of the room focus to be on the windows, to complement or contrast with natural color in their furnishings, or to emphasize a view out the window. In this case perhaps more color or a bolder style in the window treatments is called for layering a top treatment over a curtain or a sheer, for example defiantly makes more of a statement at the window.
Colours in window treatment always play an important role in your overall decorating scheme. It’s common today to mix naturals & whites or prints, stripes & solid colours. Warm shades of reds, yellows & pinks will add life to a quite room. Cool colours- gray, white or blue are restful tones. Greens & browns are pleasing earth tones. The key is to pick colours that make you feel good & that coordinate with or complement the other colours in your room.
An easy way to help to decide what colors or fabrics will work well in your room is to buy a half yard of fabric, and live with it for a white place it at your window, step back or even across the room & notice how distance influences. The appearances of the print, pattern or color notice how the color & the texture change the mood in your room. Also observe the mood & effect created in daylight & how it changes at night when illuminated by the lamps in your room. Use this technique to choose something you enjoy.
Curtain length is yet another factor to consider. Longer curtains will visually lengthen a window & add perceived height to a room. Curtain to the floor generally land a more formal feeling to the floor, feel more casual. Holding curtain back with fabric or rope tieback or with hold back hardware can visually wider a window.
Rods & Hardware:
Next remember that hardware curtain rods in various shapes, styles & materials, swag holders etc. can help you easily create the silhouette you want a whether is tailored or ruffled curtains on continental rods, wooden or wrought iron roads, or swags dropped over wood, ceramic or glass swag holders, there’s a look available for every taste.