In my Create a Healthy & Restful Home series this week, I focus on letting in more natural light to create a restful feeling in a room. Working with clients, I find that they no longer see their windows and the coverings; they get used to what is there. Often, they were custom-made 20 years ago. It’s time to review your window treatments to enhance your home.
Window treatments can serve many purposes. They are used for privacy, blocking the sun, insulation during cold periods, adding texture, and decorating. I like to advise people to remove old or outdated heavy drapes and let the light in the room. Live with it for a bit and get a feel for the open and airy feeling. If you have a window with a beautiful view, you want the ability to showcase it as part of the artwork visible from the room.
5 Tips for choosing treatments for windows:
- Pick an easily cleaned, vacuumed, or dusted window treatment, such as washable drapes, blinds, or shutters.
- If choosing fabric curtains, make a window appear larger by hanging the curtains outside the window molding. Choose a rod that enables you to easily pull the panels all to one side to maximize the window view and light.
- Choose a curtain rod that works with the size of the room, window, and weight of the window treatment.
- Choose a light color material in your drapes, shades, or shutters to lighten up a room.
- Select a sheer material if you feel you want a light window cover.
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- How to Hang Drapes
- Window Treatment & Coverings