You’ll have many things to consider as you shop for curtains. While many people start with looking for the right style, a better option is to consider not just what you like but what a particular space calls for. An article in Architectural Digest describes 5 Window Treatment Ideas Tailored to Your Space and offers some expert advice. Miranda Silver writes:
For rooms that need darkness (or a dose of elegance)
Heavy drapes are a smart choice for bedrooms because of their light-blocking ability, says Gensler, and they also provide a luxurious feel in formal spaces, such as living and dining rooms. “If the molding around a window is beautiful, mount the treatment inside so as not to block this detail,” notes Rodriguez. “If it’s an ill-proportioned or small window, you may want to mount the treatment outside it to create the illusion of a larger window.” She also recommends hanging drapes as high as possible “to create a sense of grandeur.”
For showing off a spectacular view
Opt for gauzy, dreamy sheers. If you want the best of two worlds—light pouring in but also the option for privacy—consider layering a simple roller shade underneath.
For high-traffic rooms
Roman shades have structure, making them more substantial than other options. They are “almost like another element of the window itself, without being too fussy,” says Gensler. She likes to use the style in powder rooms, bedrooms, and offices, but they’re also a good bet for rooms with pets, kids, or radiators, where you don’t want window coverings that reach the floor.
For a minimalist look
Prefer a window treatment that recedes into the background? Go for roller shades. “The clean lines don’t distract from the view or other decor,” says Gensler. “They tend to work well in spaces where function may come before form, like bathrooms or playrooms.”
For a tailored-to-you experience
If it’s in your budget, choose custom window treatments rather than ready-made ones, which come in standard sizes that may not fit just right. When install time arrives, a pro will ensure they are hung properly. “To really make them lay nicely and hold their shape, you have to ‘train’ window treatments,” explains Gensler. Think steaming out wrinkles and hand-pressing the fabric into shape.”
We think these are all great ideas. Do you have more questions about your specific space? Reach out to Half Price Drapes and let us help you shop for the right window coverings, whether they’re cellular shades, velvet draperies, or anything in between!