When decorating your home, it's important to include window treatments in the overall design. Window treatments provide several benefits to homeowners; they keep out heat or cold, control sunlight in a room, add privacy, and contribute to the overall feeling of a space. When selecting window treatments, here are 5 mistakes to avoid:
1. Not having any window treatments at all. Every window needs some sort of dressing; without it, the window simply looks unfinished. Blinds, shutters, or shades, in addition to a cornice or drapery treatment, will complete each window.
2. Taking incorrect measurements. It's not just a matter of measuring the window itself. You need to know the total footprint of the window treatment. Determine how many layers you'll have and where you want each item mounted. Once these decisions are made, the measurements can be taken.
3. Selecting inappropriate hardware. While the window treatment itself will provide the most impact, the hardware should also be carefully selected. Consider how the hardware will function and how its style will contribute to the overall look of the room.
4. Selecting inappropriate fabric. The weight of different fabrics should be taken into consideration when choosing draperies. Not all fabrics will work with all designs, and it's important to select a fabric that isn't too heavy or too light for the hardware and the room itself.
5. Mounting a window treatment at the wrong height. Walls will appear taller, and windows will look larger, if window treatments reach from the floor to the ceiling. Don't mount draperies on the top or sides of a window frame; it will change the look and size of the window. Mount the rod (or board) at least 4-8" above the top of the window trim to achieve a professional designer look.
For help selecting window treatments and taking proper measurements, please contact the professionals at:
Steve's Flooring & Design
717 Liberty St.
Morris, IL 60450