Windows are the finishing touch of any room. There are so many options in fabric window treatments, ranging from fabric shades to sheer draperies, valances and even cornices. You can make a fabric treatment easily at home, order pre-made curtains, or even have custom window treatments made especially for you.
Draperies and Curtains
There are so many choices in styles of curtains that it can be overwhelming. Ready-made curtains can be found in tab top, ringed, grommeted, pleated, paneled, ruffled, insulated, lined, sheers, leather and in all kinds of colors, textures and fabrics. The easiest way to narrow these choices is to check some of the online curtain sites such as Country Curtains or The Curtain Shop. These sites carry all of the above choices, photos of each, as well as the necessary hardware.
You will, of course, want to take your room decor into consideration when choosing curtains. If the room is formal, try to go with a more tailored look, if it is romantic, use sheers, lace and soft fabrics. For a very masculine office you might even choose some of the tailored leather-looking curtains available over Roman shades.
Toppers are the fabric at the top of the window and can be used alone or in conjunction with drapes, a shade or blinds. You will find toppers that include swags, cascades, valances, scarves and jabot sets. As with curtains, toppers come in all colors, textures, patterns, solids and stripes. Toppers make a nice embellishment to the window and they can also hide hardware. If privacy is not an issue, simply use a topper to frame a window and leave the rest open to enjoy the outside view.
Fabric window shades are often the the best solution for a window needing privacy and shade from sun. There are a number of styles to choose from: Roman shades, balloon shades, roller shades, London shades and many others. You can find a number of online sites with directions to create your own shades or simply check out your local hobby/fabric store for shades that you simply adhere your own fabric to for a custom look. And of course, you can opt to have these custom designed.
Cornice boards are making a comeback. Traditionally they were used as a box around the top of a window to hide hardware and catch falling dust, but today a cornice board serves as a finishing touch to a beautiful window treatment. A cornice board can be made very easily at home out of a number of products such as plywood, veneer or even foam board. Once your basic structure is created you can either glue or staple your coordinating fabric over the board and attach to the top of your window. Many custom drapery companies will make these for you if you are the do-it-yourself type. A cornice board can not only add interest but also serve as a focal point in a room.
Don't be discouraged by all of the options. So often, individuals neglect their window treatments because they simply can not decide, and in the not too distant past, window treatments were very expensive. This is no longer the case with many inexpensive ready-made options as well as simple scarf treatments that do not require hard-to-install hardware. For privacy, room softening and the protection of your furniture from the sun's harsh glare, cover your windows with something appropriate.
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