Sunday, November 8, 2009

5 Window Treatment Ideas by Ryan Frank

Windows can be one of your home's most valuable assets when it comes to interior decorating. Rather than leave a room's windows as plain, utilitarian features, try adding some spice to them with the following window treatment ideas.
Textures - If you're windows are painted with neutral white or earthy colors, you can give them some attitude by varying the textures of your windows. You can do this by installing, for a example, rich silk curtains and combining them with georgette fabric. Rattan blinds or blinds made with other kind of eye-catching materials can also work.

Don't be afraid of bright colors - While most people prefer to play it safe with neutral colors when it comes to their windows, neutral is not always best. True, choosing the wrong combination of bright colors can have a very bad effect on a room's overall look. However, if you know a bit about mixing and matching color tones, adding some color to your windows can light up a room even more and give it new life. Try sticking with two colors and pick them from opposite sides of the color wheel.

Maximize the effect of corner windows - When you have two windows in a room corner that are divided by a strip of corner wall space, try installing panels or drapes that converge at the corner and cover up that bare wall space. The effect of this set up will be to make it look as if the two windows are not separate at all, but rather a large, continuous corner window.

Make small windows count - Small windows don't have to be a bad thing. You can make them seem larger and give them more attitude and punch by installing window panels that begin well above the window and end below it. Pick panels that are wider than the windows as well. The effect will be to focus the observer's eye outwards, giving even small windows a more dramatic effect. You can add architectural window decorations as well, like tiebacks and finials.

Take it in stages - Getting the windows of your dreams takes time and money. If you can't afford the expensive decorations that you have in mind, start with the basics first. Lighting and privacy control is the first and foremost important thing to take care of. Get a set of nice blinds and drapes. These will serve as the starting point from which you can start adding more decorations, like decorative stair rods, as it becomes affordable.

About the Author
Ryan is an avid blogger and writer living in San Diego, CA.

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