As homeowners get ready for the onslaught of family and friends visiting for the holidays, they tend to look around and notice that something is missing or just isn't right or seems outdated. While you may have trouble putting your finger on it at first, the issue usually ends up being pinpointed as the window treatments.
Much of the responsibility of establishing a sophisticated home lies in the drapes or shutters you hang on your windows. Window treatments need to provide privacy, control the light that enters your home and soundproof a room, all while creating a streamlined aesthetic throughout the house.
"Local industry professionals have highlighted a handful of popular drapery panels, sheers, valances, cornices and shades that offer great solutions to the problem areas of your home."
With so many options available, it can be hard to be sure you are making the right choice for your home. But many local industry professionals have highlighted a handful of popular drapery panels, sheers, valances, cornices and shades that offer great solutions to the problem areas of your home.
Here are a few common problem areas that window treatments can help fix:
Glare: The location of the window and how much sun it sees on a daily basis, could cause a number of problems to arise. With too much sun shining in throughout the middle of the day, a room can become too hot to reside in comfortably. Glare or blinding rays of light that come in through the window can also present an issue. Using shades or blinds on these areas can eliminate pesky glares and curb solar heat absorption while also adding a sense of privacy to the room. Many designers recommend using layers – or hanging one shade that acts as a room-darkening blind and an outer shade that is more decorative.
Hardware: It is the little things that tend to make the difference in interior decor, which is why it is so important to find the window hardware that works for your home. If you have short or normal-sized windows, you have the freedom to go with more lavish finials. However, on longer windows, you may want to opt for ceiling-mounted hardware that will give a taller feel to the room.
Height: Speaking of those tall windows, "Window configurations that soar two stories —common in recently built family rooms— let natural light pour in," writes Design New Jersey contributor, Mary Vinnedge. "But ultraviolet rays can fade wood floors, rugs and fabrics. They also compromise privacy and put glare on computer monitors and television screens." The best thing to do in this scenario is to hang custom shades that will accentuate the length of the windows without breaking up their shape or size.
Size: In older homes, it is common for windows to be especially small or oddly shaped, which can make it hard to find the best window treatment for the room. One major pro-tip is to hang window treatments that sit just above and outside of the frame of the window to make it look larger. Conversely, if a window seems too large for a space, hanging the treatments inside of the frame can make it look smaller and more suited for the room.
If you are in the New Jersey or New York area and are interested in learning more about how custom window treatments can benefit your home's decor scheme, contact us today to schedule a free, at-home consultation.