Fall is in the air. When the trees start shedding their foliage, we start thinking about having the chimney cleaned and pulling out the heavy quilts. Our Renewal by Andersen of Virginia and Washington, DC design team thought this would be a good time to offer some decorating tips for our local neighbors who like to replace their gauzy, lacy summer window treatments with something more substantial as Autumn approaches.
Window treatments help us control light, give us more privacy and let us personalize our indoor spaces. There are thousands of color combinations, styles and fabrics from which to choose. Even if you buy window treatments off the shelf, your room will have its own personality and style because your windows and furnishing influence the overall appearance.
But with so many options, it can be a bit overwhelming to decide which window treatment is best for your design goals.
Function is First
Many design experts recommend you start with fundamental basics – functionality. Your choices depend on whether you want to frame a window for emphasis or downplay certain features. The size and shape of your window could be the determining factor. Your window treatment can hide structural flaws or accentuate a beautiful view from a picture window or a gently arched bow.
While any style will work with most window shapes and operational types, not every window treatment is an excellent fit for all rooms. For example, baths and kitchens have unique decorating challenges. Some shades and curtains won’t hold their shape as well in a high-humidity area like a bathroom and dry-clean only drapes aren’t the best choice in the kitchen where fabrics may absorb cooking odors or grease.
The bedroom presents its own set of challenges. Most people prefer soft, gently draping fabrics, but if you also want to control light and noise, you’ll need to use multiple layers or select a heavier fabric.
Functionality includes your architecture, the way you’ll use your rooms and your décor preferences.
Finances Follow Function
Although you may want custom-made draperies or high-quality wood shutters, the truth is that drapery fabric is very expensive and custom-made wood blinds often cost more than custom drapes. If you’re watching your budget, faux wood blinds and synthetic fabrics are typically less expensive and are often easier to take care of.
Updating your window treatments doesn’t have to involve an extensive makeover or bust the budget. Adding trim crafted with natural textures and fibers instantly adds a fall tone. It’s like using an elegant necklace to add a touch of class to a simple black dress – small details really make big statements. Natural fibers like hemp braids, cords and flat ribbons look great with rustic décor and balance more sophisticated settings and modern interiors.
Form: Three Basic Types
Dressing your Renewal by Andersen of Virginia & DC Replacement Windows and Patio Doors
There are really just three basic categories of window treatments: blinds, curtains and shutters.
Blinds are versatile and come in a wide variety of widths, materials, sizes and colors. Customers with children should be aware that wands and cords can pose safety issues for children and pets. Whether you choose an inexpensive option like light-weight Venetians or opt for cellular shades that add an extra layer of protection from the elements, you can find a blind for virtually every window in your home.
Shutters are often chosen as a window treatment option when privacy is essential. Shutters don’t look or perform well in every setting. For example, unless you choose to put shutters on most of your windows, or on all windows on a single story, your home might not have a pleasing, symmetrical appearance.
You can strategically place shutters in certain areas of your home to control light or add extra privacy, but it takes a keen decorating sense to pull it off. Thick plantation shutters with wide wood slats are popular now, but don’t look as inviting on small windows as narrower slats.
Curtains run the gamut from a simple panel without a valance or cornice board to yards of rich textured fabric in earthy tones for fall. If you have children, easy-care polyester fabrics that wash and dry simplify cleaning.
Dressing Your Renewal by Andersen of Virginia & Washington, DC Replacement Windows for Fall
While your window treatments give you myriad options to control light and privacy, your replacement window designs make it possible to build those features into your windows. We offer a wide variety of glass options that let you block damaging UV rays without limiting the amount of light that comes into your home.
You can also choose screens and glass options that reduce the amount of natural sunlight that comes in. Take it one step further with decorative specialty glass and you have a privacy window that doesn’t need seasonal window treatment updates.
As you can see, updating your window treatments for fall doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. If you carefully consider function, finance and form, you’ll be able to decorate like a professional.
Need Help Decorating Your Virginia or Washington, DC Windows?
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