LET’S TALK WINDOW TREATMENTS
Growing up in a middle class family in the 50’s – I don’t think I ever heard the term “window treatments”. My family had lived in the same house for over 30 years – sort of like the house Archie and Edith Bunker lived in, however, due to my Mother’s decorating flare, our house was a step above most in the neighborhood.
Today, everyone knows the term window treatments. It does, however, bring to mind many different images:
- Horizontal blinds
- Vertical blind
- Wooden blinds
- Blackout shades
- Solar shades
- Side panels
- Cornice boards
- Roman shades and a bunch more!!
I haven’t even touched on the stylish and popular window treatments of layering different window coverings on the same window! Layering can bring a whole new dimension to a room’s style. As an interior designer, I always clarify with my decorating clients exactly what he or she wants to accomplish with their window treatments. If you are considering a change for your windows, here are some issues to contemplate in choosing a window treatment:
- Is privacy necessary?
- Do you need sun control?
- Is there a view you don’t want to lose, or one you want to hide?
- What is your design style — Contemporary, traditional, formal, casual?
- What is your budget?
- The answer to the previous question will answer the next: Custom or ready made?
By answering the above questions, you narrow down the selection process.
If you choose to work with a designer you are 99% of the time doing custom window treatments for your home or residence. This means that your treatments will be designed completely for you and your home. From choosing a style, measuring the windows, fabric selections, trim selections, fabrication and installation, every step is done by a professional. Depending on all of the above components, the cost is calculated. Some styles are more simple, use less fabric, easier to fabricate and install – thus not as costly. Other styles are elaborate, the fabric is costly, fabrication is complicated and so is installation.
As an interior designer working with my client, it is my job to take all of the issues into consideration and come up with a finished product that is unique to you and all of your needs. The pictures in this article are treatments that I have done over many years in the interior design business. No two are the same; some may be the same design treatment, but not the same fabric.
Whether you choose to work with a designer or buy ready made window treatments on your own, ask yourself the above questions and you will narrow down what it is you are trying to accomplish! Also, you will have a clearer vision of the choices that are available to you.
The internet is a virtual source of anything and everything in the world of window treatments. If after exploring all of the choices available, you are totally confused, call a professional window treatment designer and sit back and watch magic happen! Take a look at the treatments I’ve shown below, and give me a call or post your thoughts here.