Interior Decorating – Window Treatments

You have faithfully clipped magazine pages and browsed online sources to create your vision of the ultimate master bedroom retreat. It is complete with beautiful furniture, sumptuous bedding, and the perfect paint color. But then, there are the dreaded windows. You have a hard time visualizing the solution. Be assured that even for a professional interior designer, window treatment design can be difficult! Since there are so many elements it is best to approach this systematically. The proper window treatment serves many purposes, so we will step through them together and I will offer you solutions along the way.

Adding beauty to a room

The first step is to recognize that window treatments have a lot of visual impact in a room. It is one of the first things you notice when you walk in a room, so this should reflect in your budget. If you can afford to spend a little more, you will be much happier with the results. Consider the styles you prefer and find some photos to keep for reference.

Proper function for the type of window

Next, consider the type of windows you are dealing with. Most homeowners are working with regular windows, French doors, or sliding glass doors. Regular windows or rarely used doors give you the most flexibility. If you use the doors, then you must consider if the window treatment will interfere or possibly become exposed to the elements.

Providing Privacy and Security

Privacy is very important, especially in the bedroom. You should always feel perfectly comfortable walking around your bedroom no matter your choice of pajamas (or lack there of). This is your ultimate zone of relaxation at the end of a long day. You also should consider home security when you go away on vacation.

Providing heat and light control

Heat and Light control are important for a number of reasons. First of all, we all want to conserve energy to lower our utility bills and help the environment. You want to keep it cool in the house in the summer and a warm in the winter. Light control is especially important in the bedroom depending on how you like to wake up. Some people like the natural light of the sun creeping slowly into their room while others want total darkness until the alarm clock sounds. Blackout blinds or draperies are really the only way you you can get close to total darkness. Also, there are many backings that can be added to blinds.

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