The saying "less is more" is as true in home design as it is in runway fashion. Sometimes, caking on layers of fabric or too many accessories don't make a look dynamic so much as overwhelming. Few will argue that the outlandish and over-the-top styles of many pop stars today aren't eye-catching, but for the average person, dressing like Lady Gaga or Katy Perry should only be reserved for Halloween.
You don't want your living room or kitchen to be so overly decorated and detailed that the space is barely even capable of serving its function. If you wouldn't wear a meat dress to a cocktail party, you should have the same restraint when choosing window treatments.
A simple way to begin decorating the windows for your home is by choosing hardware. You may not want to go with a clunky or flashy curtain rod as it might not be a suitable come next year's cycle of got-to-have interior design trends. The best approach to take is to pick out hardware that functions solely as the structural support for whatever curtain you choose. This works best if you have a habit of changing the look of a given space because of a shift in your personal tastes. A highly decorative rod with elaborate finials will look good with a simpler curtain. However, by choosing a rod with an overall neutral design, you can let your rotating collection of drapes, sheers or valances take center stage.
A simple brushed bronze or black rod set will go with most color schemes and blend into the background. Rods that are coated in nickel or brass may be too showy and clash with certain colorful looks, especially if the rod is overly shiny.
Let your curtain be the diva of your window treatment and your rod do the behind-the-scenes work.