As we have all started to settle in and spend more time at home, we’re noticing all of the updates and modifications that we should make to our spaces. One of these updates is window treatments! If you didn’t have drapes before, you certainly will now that we are spending more time at home and don’t necessarily want to be on display to our neighbors.
But even if you have drapery already, seeing these same curtains for a year, it is time to refresh and update. With spring around the corner, now is a perfect time!
Working with window treatments every day, we know a thing or two about them. Especially how to update them! We have created custom drapes for all types of windows an example is tall living room windows adding decorative drapes can really accent these large windows. Another common problem clients have is multiple windows in a row for example a bay window. Custom drapery panels properly placed can break up the windows and hide construction imperfections. To help you get started we’ve put together our list of the best ways to update your windows. Read on to find out what they are!
Selecting the Fabric
The fabric is often the item we think of when we hear the word drapes. As you’ll soon find out, there are so many other aspects that go into custom drapes. However, the fabric is the showstopper, so finding the right pattern or color can be a challenge. We’ve put together a few trends that we’re currently in love with:
On the opposite side, we have velvet. It’s a rich and luxurious fabric that feels so good to touch. It’s a popular choice for those wishing to add a bit more elegant to their home.
Sheers are a light-weight, translucent fabric that give a romantic and airy feeling to any space. They’re great to pair with an additional opaque curtain or by themselves if you don’t mind the lack of privacy.
Add something Extra to the Ends
Sure you could go for just a standard drapery panel, but if you are looking to really make your windows special, go for a designed look through the types of pleating. We’ve listed out our top drapery details below.
Inverted pleats – Inverted pleats have their pinching two to three inches below the top of the curtain, giving the drape a full look at the top and bottom of the drapery. It’s a nice balance between casual and tailored.
Euro Pleats – This type of pleat is very tailored, giving you a clean look. It is created through a pinching of fabric at the top of your curtains.
Ripple Fold Toppers – A ripple fold is a casual look for your drapery. Resembling folds or waves, it’s a soft accordion look that adds a layer of texture to any wall space.
Depending on the look you’re going for, you can find the perfect pleat for your laid back or luxurious home.
Get a Technological Upgrade
Motorized window treatments are the future of windows shade options. There are so many benefits to these types of window treatments. For one, motorized window treatments are safer for children. That is because they are cordless. Corded window treatments can be a safety hazard towards younger children, so having an option that keeps tangles out of the way makes things safer. It also is a cleaner and tidier look having no cord.
Another major benefit is that motorized window treatments boost the energy-efficiency of your home. There are two ways it does this, through insulation and light control. With light control over your room, you can gain as much day-light as possible, saving you the need to turn on your lamps and fixtures. You can set specific times of day even to maximize this options.
With this timer feature, you will also get an added layer of security. Since you can control the time your blinds close, you won’t have to ever forget to close them while out or away. Some motorized blinds even are connected to your phone through an app, giving you even more control over your window treatments.
Finish with Finials
The hardware of a drapery is just as important as the drape. There are a variety of different materials that curtain rods are made from. Metal has always been a popular and high end choice. With so many finishes to choose from, you can get these to match your lighting, door hardware, and other fixtures for a more put together look. A popular trend right now is using acrylic rods. These clear rods give your luxurious and high end curtains a more modern look and feel. Wood drapes are another option, that can match your wood furniture, and are much more cost effective if you are looking to save some money here and there.
And that’s just the curtain rod! We haven’t even gotten to the decorative bit – the finial caps! These pieces fit at the end of your curtain rod, and can help it go from a standard pole to something with detail and design. There are plenty of finial options to choose from that make a variety of design styles, from modern to traditional.
As you can see, there is so much that goes into a window treatment. Knowing all these different parts, you can drastically update and improve your current window’s situation to something that is a stunning design feature. Now that you have these ideas, let us help you in designing your perfect dream window treatments!