Posted on: 24 February 2015
Are you re-decorating, or are you moving into a new home? Either way, you have a big job ahead of you, and it can be a lot of fun. Window treatments, such as draperies, are one of the major parts of decorating, as they help to set the mood in every room.
Professionally Made Treatments - If you are not doing the window treatments yourself, you'll want to find professionals who are gifted in making draperies. They'll be able to tell you which fabrics will be best in each room and which style will match your furniture. Another consideration is to have plantation shutters or venetian blinds, both of which are easy to care for and will go with literally any type of design. Before you sign any papers, be sure to get the exact cost and the date your window treatments will be installed and find out what the guarantees are.
Do-It-Yourself Treatments - Perhaps you are an accomplished seamstress that can whip even elegant living room windows up without batting an eye. In that case, you're good to go! However, if you're doing your own window treatments because you're on a tight budget or simply because you want to be your own designer, here are some ideas for you.
The Kitchen Windows - If you're going for a traditional look, then anything goes. Pretty plaids, stripes, or floral prints would be beautiful, especially with brass or silver hardware. If you're going for the popular shabby-chic look, consider plain fabrics that you tie back with raffia or heavy twine. For an old-fashioned look, find or make embroidered dish towels and tie them back with colorful ribbons.
The Living Area Windows - Consider coordinating your fabrics for the window treatments in the living room and dining room. Choose gorgeous rods and finials which will almost do your work for you. All you need to do is to hem the sides of your fabrics, allowing extra room at the top for the curtain rod. Pull them back with heavy tassels that are already made, or make a huge bow out of contrasting fabric. For your family room, consider selecting wooden blinds which will allow you to darken the room completely for movie watching.
The Bedrooms - A pretty look for girl's rooms is white eyelet. You can buy ready-made curtains and personalize them with colorful ribbons to match the bedspreads and other decor. Choose red or blue denim for the boys. A fun idea is to tie them back with funky shoelaces or rope. For the guest room and the master bedroom, consider solid colors for your fabric, and tie them back with a floral print. A darling touch is to use that same fabric to make throw pillows for your bed.