Redesigning your home doesn’t have to be a complete tear-down-the-walls kind of makeover. Subtle design choices, like simply rearranging the furniture or installing new cabinet handles can make a big difference in the overall look of your residence. Changing window treatments is also a quick way to give your home a new look. Just by using the right combination of materials, colors, and patterns, you can quickly create different aesthetics for each room in your home—from country chic in the kitchen to Victorian elegance in the living room.
With so many options and combinations available, choosing the right window treatments can be challenging. Your personality and style preferences will play a big role in the final output. One thing you have to keep in mind is that different rooms typically require different window treatments. Here are some of the things that you need to remember when dressing up your windows from room to room.
Window Treatments for the Bedroom
The key element in bedrooms is privacy, which is why people often choose to invest in high-quality draperies (sponsored) to make the space more exclusive to the room occupants. However, drapes may also block out natural light during the day, not to mention the scenic views and the fresh air. You can compromise by layering two kinds of fabrics so that you can draw the heavier, thicker one over the thinner layer when you want complete privacy.
What’s good about bedrooms is that you don’t have to be too particular with the material. Cotton, linen, silk, velvet, lace—the choices are endless. The main consideration you have to remember is sun exposure. If your bedroom gets quite a lot of sun, you might want to veer away from too-bright colors or choose fabrics that are blended with acrylic, polyester, or nylon as these are more fade-resistant.
An additional consideration for kids’ bedrooms is safety. Window treatments that have any easily reachable cords or strings are a definite no-no, as these present risks like tripping, tangling, or choking.
Window Treatments for the Bathroom
Similar to bedrooms, privacy is also important in bathrooms. However, unlike bedrooms, window treatments in the bathroom should be resistant to mold and mildew. They should also be durable enough to withstand humidity and constant changes in temperature.
This makes vinyl and nylon the most ideal materials for bathroom curtains. Not only are they easy to clean and maintain, they also come in a wide variety of colors, designs, and patterns so you won’t be limited in the style department. They are also typically coated with moisture-resistant coating to prevent them from being soaked in moisture or water.
For your bathroom, you can also opt for vinyl shutters or blinds instead of curtains. Vinyl shutters, unlike those made of materials like wood, are less likely to warp when exposed to heat and moisture. If you prefer the homey, rustic look of wood, however, you’d be glad to know that there are also vinyl shutters that are made to look like other materials, including wood.
Window Treatments for the Kitchen
Kitchen curtains are grease magnets, so easy clean-up is critical. Length is also an important consideration, especially if the windows are near or directly on top of a cooking area.
Steer clear of heavy drapes, which might absorb odor and could prove difficult to wash. Valances and cafe-style curtains are your best bet, as these can be installed on the very tops of the windows, far from oil splatters and flames. Roman shades made from durable, stain-resistant fabrics (or at least those that are easy to wash) are also a good choice, since you can pull these up while you are cooking and simply let them down again once you’re done.
Living Rooms and Dining Rooms
Both living and dining rooms are more flexible in material, and style. The only thing you have to consider is the look or vibe that you’re going for. Draperies or floor-length curtains work best with formal, elegant designs. On the other hand, light, summery fabrics are your go-to window treatments for a soft, bohemian, or shabby-chic look. They’re also perfect for small breakfast nooks or reading corners, which will benefit from the natural light that will flow in through the curtains. Meanwhile, wood or faux-wood shutters provide a more earthy atmosphere. They also come in different wood tones that work well in almost any environment.
One more thing to consider when choosing window treatments for your living and dining areas are their potential to match your home decor as it goes through periodic changes. The living room, in particular, typically undergoes a lot of updates. You may love a particular style now, but it may end up clashing with your holiday decorations come December. For the safest but still fashionable choices, you can go with neutral tones like warm beiges or cool grays and silvers.
Dressing up your windows may be challenging, but if you find that perfect balance between form and function, your window treatments may just end up being the best design elements of your home.