Whether you own your home or rent an apartment, you want to feel proud of your residence and you want to feel comfortable. Every time you open the door into your house or apartment, you want to experience a sense of pride in the living room, kitchen, and other parts of your living space. The components of your interior that convey this feeling may include furniture, paint and wall coverings, accessories, electronics, and window treatments.
The last item on the above list can be especially influential in the pride and comfort you feel. Does the interior of your residence look welcoming? Does it look comfortable? Does it look classy? It is helpful to decide, in advance, about the qualities that you want your interior to convey to yourself, your family, and guests. After making this decision, you can install window treatments that support the feeling or image you want to present.
There are several options for covering your windows. They include curtains, drapes, and blinds. Within each of these options, you can change the look and feel with color, design and fabric. Below, you will find detailed descriptions of the ways that each of these window treatments can contribute to your home’s appearance and feel.
Curtains: Generally described as a lighter in weight than drapes, curtains supply an airy feel to a room. During the late 1800s, lace curtains were the first type to be mass produced and were adopted by millions of people. Lace curtains go well in a kitchen, especially over a sink, because they offer a decorative, yet transparent appeal. Less transparent curtains provide a feeling of privacy, while also allowing some outside light to penetrate the room. If your goal is to provide an open feel to your room, curtains may be the right wall covering for you.
Drapes: As mentioned above, drapes are generally heavier than curtains. The heavy material blocks out more sunlight and can also provide a more decorative or royal feeling: Think burgundy-colored, velvet drapes. In climates where the temperature can be very hot or very cold, drapes with an insulated backing can reduce drafts and help to maintain the temperature of an interior. While drapes will not contribute to a light, airy, open atmosphere, they will support a feeling of coziness. If you live in a climate in which the winters can be cold and brutal, drapes can provide you and your family with a warm and cozy ambience.
Blinds: The variety of materials and configurations available in blinds makes them quite versatile for conveying an interior’s feeling. Wood blinds can provide a classic, upscale impression. Faux-wood blinds offer a similar feeling but with the addition of better protection against the sun’s glare. Mini blinds are great for smaller windows in which you want the option of allowing natural light into the room without it getting overwhelming. Your blinds can be made of the material mentioned above, as well as metal and plastic. If you have a wide sliding door, you might want to use vertical blinds to cover it since they are easy to retract during frequent ingress and egress. Interior shutters are also a form of blinds and offer an upscale, classic look. A nice quality of blinds is that they can support an open, airy feeling in a room during the day, then be closed for privacy at night. If you want that option as well as the variety of choice from materials, colors, and styles, installing blinds may be right for you.
Approach your window coverings as a way to support the ambience you want your interior to convey.