Looking for window treatments can be challenging but if you follow these tips to avoid the ten most frequent mistakes people make, you’ll be well on your way to finding exactly what you’re looking for.
1. Focusing too much on price
Of course you need to take price into consideration but you should remember that new window treatments are an investment. You need high-quality materials and craftsmanship if you want your curtains or shades to have a dramatic impact on your décor.
2. Choosing window coverings that fade quickly
Poorly made, cheap curtains can be particularly susceptible to sun damage, and curtains made from low-quality fabric will fade, warp, and even disintegrate.
3. Not taking size into account
Of course you’ll consider the size of your windows when you buy your curtains because you need panels that fit, but too often that’s where it ends. You also need to decide what type of curtains will work for your windows. For example, instead of a heavy velvet drapery, a large bay window may call for a light and breezy sheer curtain.
4. Expecting 100% blackout curtains
Blackout curtains are popular and they go a long way toward minimizing the light that gets into a room. However, they’re not magic. There will likely still be small gaps around the curtains. Shades or shutters may be a better choice for bedrooms or home theaters that need total darkness.
5. Not properly considering custom curtains
There are many pre-made curtains on the market and for many homeowners they work just fine. However, there are other folks who have oddly shaped windows that could benefit from custom curtains. They often assume they’re simply too expensive when in reality they may not cost much more than pre-made curtains at all.
6. Ignoring the bones of their home
Often homeowners will think only of their furniture and the décor in their home. The reality is that your home’s bones are just as important. For example, if you have a Victorian home you may want velvet curtains even if your living room is otherwise very modern. A small touch like curtains that fit in with the period of your home can help everything come together.
7. Not taking curb appeal into consideration
Don’t just think about what your home will look like inside – think about how it will look from the street. Will the backs of your curtains add to the curb appeal or take away from it? Remember that the exterior of your home is the first thing people see and it will make a lasting first impression.