When choosing window treatments for a room consider the rooms use, the shape and size of the window and the view from it.
If you have an unpleasant view or are overlooked and have the need for privacy consider:
Wooden Shutters – Choose from those with adjustable slats allowing you to control the amount of light and privacy required. These are available in many colour’s to fit in with your room colour scheme. They are quite expensive, but look great and will last for many years. Uses – any room including conservatories. Intricately carved wooden shutters with bi-fold hinges, enabling them to adjust to your preferences.
Window Film – Is a quick and economical way to gain privacy without blocking out too much light.It is an obscure film which is stuck directly to the glass and is available in patterned options too. Uses – any room.
Venetian Blinds – A practical solution at a reasonable cost. Uses – any room.
Stained Glass – A beautiful stained glass panel allows light to filter through, creating privacy and a focal point. Uses – front doors, cloakroom, bathrooms, hall, stairs or landings.
Cafe Curtain – Made from light weight sheer fabric, which is hung from a pole across the centre of a window. This looks good only if you have a window with a central bar.
Mirror – If natural day light is available from other sources in the room, a mirror which looks like a window can be hung in front of the window obscuring the view. The mirror will reflect the light from other windows in the room.
Room with a View – If you are lucky enough to have a room with a view, bring the view into the room. use simple window dressing with curtains made from light weight or sheer fabric, which infuse the light into the room. If the need for darkness i.e. bedrooms, a black out roller or Roman blind can be added in the recess for night use.
Large Windows – Floor to ceiling curtains make a huge statement to a room, and can be expensive due to the meterage required. Adding a border of fabric in colour’s to match the rooms decor onto less expensive plain curtain fabric cleverly pulls the scheme together. Braids and trimmings can be used in the same way. Coloured or patterned lining used for plain curtains adds an element of surprise.
Choosing the Style – As well as creating a certain ‘look’, curtains can produce optical illusions, so that the dimensions of the window, even the room can appear to be altered.
Make a Window Look Wider – Extend the track or rod beyond the window frame. This means the curtains don,t overlap the windows when they are pulled back, and lets maximum light in.
Disguising Architectural Irregularities – Treat different shapes and sizes of windows and doors in the same way. If necessary have an entire wall covered with fabric when the curtains are drawn across.
Reducing the Height of a Window – Use a shaped pelmet or valance. This always looks elegant. The deeper the pelmet or ornate the valance, the grander the effect.
Reducing the Width of a Window – Use tie backs and join the curtains at the top in the middle.
To Make a Small Window Look Bigger – Improve the proportions by mounting Cafe curtains which are mounted wider than the window.
Maximize Light on a Dormer Window – Use a right angled, U-shaped track or rod so curtains can be kept clear of the window, even when drawn back.
To Enhance a Beautiful Window – Do not obscure it. if you are lucky enough to have a window which is architecturally pleasing, emphasize it’s shape. Over an arched window use a curved pelmet. For a simpler solution use a rod which is wide enough to clear the window by day.
Setting the Style Decor – Remember as a general rule, full length curtains look elegant and often formal. Sill length curtains look more informal.