Some lucky homeowners have extra space in the house that doesn't serve a particular inherent function. This gives the residents room to either practice a craft, focus on a hobby, make a home office or, for audiophiles, design a high-end listening room. The perfect place to make a home listening room is preferably one without windows, as this will be the best environment acoustically to preserve sound. However, you can use heavy window treatments even in rooms without windows to increase the … [Read more...] about How to use velvet drapes to make the perfect listening room.
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For some families, pets are beloved members of the clan that are treated with as much care and respect as the human inhabitants of the household. However, just because dogs and cats may be treated like people, that doesn't mean that they can be relied upon to always control their animal instincts. It takes many pets a long time to learn good manners and realize that some parts of a home's decor, like the window treatments, are not meant to be played with. If you have a pet that has … [Read more...] about Use shorter curtains in homes with pets
Walls are the typical starting point for the design scheme of any given room. These surfaces present a bevy of conundrums, such as whether or not to go with wallpaper or a simple paint, or if you should employ a pattern or stick with one hue. Wallpaper can be expensive, and if you make a mistake and choose a design that doesn't work as well as you thought it would, you may end up stuck with an unsatisfactory pattern just because you don't want to make the investment twice. The best bet … [Read more...] about Pair patterned curtains with a one-toned wall
Now more than ever, a casual approach to home fashions is in vogue for the wise interior decorator. As the entire country adjusts to a new way of living, filled with higher gas prices and a turbulent economy, being overtly flashy with your house's decor is no longer considered in the best taste. Instead, a clean and casual look is the best route to go with when laying out the design scheme of your home. Even in formal spaces, being conservative with your decorative choices will go a long … [Read more...] about A more casual look for these changing times
In older homes, window treatments are a good way to battle pesky drafts by adding an extra layer of insulation. Velvet blackout curtains are the obvious choice, as this heavy material is practically immovable when it comes to a substantial indoor breeze. However, a thick drape only works well in spaces where there is enough space to support it without making the room cramped. Bathrooms tend to be among the coldest places in the house to begin with, with cold tiles and linoleum being serious … [Read more...] about Heavy velvet Venetian shades bring warmth to the bathroom
It is common to mix fabrics when it comes to window treatments because doing this gives the room an added dynamism that makes the design a little more interesting. By going a step beyond simply pairing colors with one another, offsetting a variety of fabrics also give you more freedom to implement different textiles in the furniture and decor throughout the remainder of the room. When most people do this, they usually pick a heavy base fabric and pair it with a sheer. However, try pairing two … [Read more...] about How multiple fabrics can make a window treatment more interesting