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How to Use Window Treatments to Make Your House a Home

posted: 06/21/16
by: TLCme
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The term "window treatments" can be daunting to the novice (or even veteran) home decor aficionado, but when you're ready to take on this aspect of making your house to home, there are a few key things to consider.

Function

The first thing you want to consider: What is the primary objective of these window coverings? Is it to bring some life to an otherwise drab room? Is it to block out glaring light? Is it to give you some privacy, or is it to merely not get in the way of the rest of the room's decor?

If it's the latter, you'll want to go with something simple that blends in with the rest of the color palette of the room and doesn't fight for attention. For example, when Erica (of "Erica in the House") was choosing window treatments for her kitchen, she wanted to keep it light and airy, so stuck with a simple white.

Fashion

Are you looking for an easy and relatively inexpensive way to give some oomph to the design scheme of a room? Try curtains in a striking pattern, like a zig-zag. It's less pricey than a sofa or even a large rug, and it's less of a commitment should your taste change.

Test Drive Before Committing

Just like with a car or a wall paint, you're going to want to kick the tires of a window treatment before taking the plunge. And just like paint, most vendors will offer you swatches of fabric that you can take home and see in their eventual environment before making the purchase.

Enlist the Help of an Expert

In addition advances in window treatment "technology" that you may not know about, an expert can bring an objective eye to your space and offer ideas you might not have considered. Perhaps you've never even heard the word "valance," but it's the perfect solution for a drab room, or maybe you have competing patterns that will throw off the atmosphere of the room. Just like you'd call a plumber to fix your sink rather than attempting it yourself, it's never a bad idea to consult a trained professional to provide a solution.