THE DOS AND DON’TS OF CHOOSING WINDOW COVERINGS
Window coverings are both functional and stylish and can do a lot to give a room a fresh new look. They can also aid with energy efficiency and privacy. Still, it can feel overwhelming with all the different styles, colours, and designs to choose from. Knowing what styles pair best or what looks to avoid will make the process much easier.
Do: choose with function in mind
Window coverings play a very visual role, but they also serve a functional purpose. Before picking what looks best, think about how you will be using the covering. For example, do you want a blackout style for a bedroom or something that easily opens for the living room? Do you need cordless window coverings for a child’s room or playroom? Once you know how the space will be used and how the covering fits in, you can make the right purchase.
Do: layer the window
Layered window styles look elegant and stylish it’s also quite practical. With a sheer interior layer, you can still let light trickle into the room, but without compromising privacy. Adding a layer of drapery with a blackout liner offers options depending on the time of day. The sheer blind lets in natural light during the day, but you can close the drapes at night for privacy or to blackout the room. Or you could consider adding simple side panels on either side of the window to add a softer look to the window. Any type of drapery helps draw the eye and creates the illusion of height or width.
Don’t: skimp on expert measurements
Measuring the right window treatment isn’t always a straightforward task. There’s a lot to think about. For example, you must choose between the inside and outside mount and consider the right height for the look you’re after. That’s why it’s worth working with a professional and having them handle the measurements. They’ll offer total peace of mind and perfect results for your covering. They can also help with suggestions like a slightly higher covering for a more stylish look.
Don’t: have a new look in every room
It’s tempting to customize each room with a unique window covering, but it’s not the best design decision. Instead, focus on similar styled window treatments to help create a sense of cohesiveness. That is especially important for open concept rooms or connected spaces with similar styles. That same rule applies to choosing colours for those window coverings. Focus on matching shades and tones to what exists within the room already and follow the rule of three. Too many colours are overwhelming and take away from the visually appealing concept.