Any interior designer will tell you that every room needs a focal point. It can be challenging to choose the right one. Common options include artwork or a piece of furniture, but an unusual option is becoming more popular: window treatments. Here are several ways you can turn your windows into the focal point of a room.
Hang curtains with contrasting trim
This option is simple: start off with solid, bright curtains. Then choose a trim that contrasts them – yet compliments them. Sound complicated? Not really. A great example is dark blue curtains, with a panel of red stripes for the edges. The blue and red contrast, yet they work well together. You can then add elements of design in your room that pull from those colors.
Swing out your curtains
While many of the options to turn your windows into focal points involve the specific color and type of curtains you’ll use, this option focuses on the hardware. Invest in unique swinging curtains rods with arms that come out. You can leave them closed when you want privacy, then swing them open to let the light pour in – and create the unique focal point you’re looking for.
Use unexpected shades
There are some rooms that seem to be made for roman shades, and there are rooms where they add a surprising element. For example, a room with vintage furniture, housed in a Victorian home, is not the most likely place for roman shades. However, when you add the right color to that mix, you’ll end up with an interesting focal point indeed.
Create your own stained glass windows
These days it’s actually pretty easy to create the effect of stained glass. All you have to do is buy a kit and get to work! You can simply paint solid block colors that will filter colored light into your room, or you can create intricate designs that tell a story. Either way, you’ll have a focal point on your hands.
Hang paintings against your windows
This is only for the bold: in addition to curtains, hang pieces of art right to your windows. Center them on the center wooden frames and the eyes of all guests will immediately be drawn to them. Then choose draperies that work with the colors in the art you’ve chosen.