I know what a tough decision it can be to get window treatments.
“I don’t really want to cover my beautiful, new windows and trim.”
“I’ve got this great view and I want to enjoy every bit of it.”
“I love my big sliding door but I don’t know the best way to cover it without losing the light.”
I hear these concerns, and more, all the time and I get it! When you’ve got new windows with lovely mouldings you’re hesitant to cover them up with drapes, right? Or, you love your view and don’t want to lose any part of that with shades. But, unless there are no privacy or light control needs you’re going to need something. And that something could be really great!
The biggest hurdle to the window covering question is actually just getting used to the idea and coming to realize how beautiful, if not functional, they can be. Even the most hesitant client, once decided, has been thrilled with the transformation.
The patterns and textures of fabric actually enhance a window‘s
architecture instead of detracting from it.
I would say that most people who know they want or need window coverings have an idea of what they’d like to see. These days we can find tons of inspiration from Pinterest and other media, so finding an image of a space like yours with drapes or shades you like is pretty easy. It then just comes down to choosing color, pattern and fiber content.
Here are a few questions to ask yourself.
- What function would I like my drapes or shades to have? Do I need privacy, light control, or just something pretty to look at?
- Is there direct or indirect sunlight?
- What kind of pattern am I thinking about?
- How much color would I add?
FUNCTION is the easiest question to answer. There are just two choices in this department; functioning and non-functioning. In other words, will they be used for privacy and/or light control and cover the whole window? Or, will they serve as decoration only where the panels or semi-shade (valance) are there but don’t close? There’s no right answer here. It’s just about what you need them to do.
SUNLIGHT is important to think about. It’s going to tell us which fibers we should be looking at. Natural fibers like linen, cotton and silk are more susceptible to direct sunlight so it’s best to line the fabric or use a synthetic where it’s very sunny. Got indirect light or low light? Any fiber content will work.
PATTERN is the funnest part. The more the better where I’m concerned! But, sometimes a lovely solid is the way to go, especially if there are bold patterns going on with the furniture or rug.
COLOR, color, color. Sooooo important. We’ll need to work with what’s happening on the walls and other furnishings in the room so they can blend beautifully. Unless we are painting or better yet, starting from scratch.
If you are looking for privacy or light control, fully functional drapes are a dream! So much texture, movement and possibly pattern! I can’t tell you how they liven up a room and add such warmth. Some of these images are from my projects and some from Pinterest.
These are large, front facing windows where privacy was the driving factor. Shades or shutters could have been used here, but when these are pulled back they let all the light in, and when closed, they create a space of elegant, beautiful pattern.
A wall of windows! This was new construction with lovely trim but privacy was needed here too. Instead of detracting from the new space, these soft and lovely drapes and shades and a layer of subtle pattern and beauty. Moveable art.
If you’d just like to add some color and pattern then non-functioning panels are a good choice. Mount them at the ceiling to add height and drama.
For more inspiration visit my Drapes and Shades Board on Pinterest.
For help with your own project make an appointment to stop by and chat. Fear not! Your drapes will look fabulous!
Happy First Friday