There’s More to Choosing Drapery Than Colour

Choosing the right window treatments can be a challenge. Just finding a design you love can be difficult, let alone deciding between different forms and functions. Whether you want your window treatments to be a focal point or fade into the background, there is more to think about than just colour or pattern.

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These tips will help you ensure the window treatments you choose check every box, even ones you might not have thought about before.

Consider Your Climate

Warm climates require window treatments that don't let heat build up inside your home. This could be a brightly-coloured blinds, drapery that blocks the sun's warming rays, or light and airy curtains that still allow a soothing breeze to pass through open windows.

In colder climates, you will want window treatments that provide insulation and ensure the heat inside your home stays there. This could include darker blinds and drapery.

Know Your Space

Although you should always go with your own personal taste, there are suggested forms of window treatment for every room in your house. For example:

  • In the bedroom, elegant floor-to-ceiling drapery is a popular choice. Using two rods, you can have heavy, light-blocking drapes to ensure a restful sleep paired with translucent curtains underneath to provide privacy and natural light during the day.

  • In the bathroom, your most important consideration has to be material. You need something that can deal with a lot of moisture without getting mildewy. Cellular shades often a clean look and provide ample privacy, especially in brighter colours that let lots of natural light into the room.

  • In the kitchen, a Roman shade is a modern, elegant alternative to window valances and cafe curtains. Rolled up to the same height as a window valance, Roman shades have a more modern style that doesn't appear dated the way some other kitchen window treatments can.

  • Window treatments for living rooms are often chosen for their colour or pattern. It's a room where many homeowners use their window treatments as a focal point, often even changing them out for different seasons. Whatever your personal style, one of the best ways to make your living room windows pop is layering. Light-filtering blinds behind elegant drapery adds dimension to your room, and gives you plenty of ways to change things up.

Whether you are choosing window treatments for a dining room, or children's bedroom, or home office, there are tried and tested favourite forms that can help make your search easier.

Be sure to consider how many windows you have in your home. What looks good in a bathroom with one small window probably won't translate well in a bathroom with two large ones. Living rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows or angled ceilings could look cluttered or poorly decorated with an off-the-rack set of drapes.

Whatever your window treatment preferences and objectives, at Buy The Yard Interiors, we can help you find or design exactly what you want, with form and function that works for your home. All you have to do is contact us via email or phone and we will schedule an appointment.