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Window Decorating with Curtains

What can be said about window curtains that hasn’t already been said before? Well, the answer might surprise you. However, were not going to be discussing curtain panels and valances in the typical sense. What we are going to be addressing here are curtain decorating ideas and where the trends are headed. There are so many types of window treatments, that trying to discuss curtain ideas without looking at your home is more of a guessing game than anything else. You’ll notice that when you shop for window blinds or shades, that the sales rep always has all of those binders full of samples. Then, they hold up each one you like next to the window, match with your paint, flooring, cabinets, etc. The choice becomes much more elaborate.

So, the task of picking out the perfect curtains is not something that can be handled in an article online. What it will help you do, however, is have a better idea as to the current trends and decorating fads to help you keep your home looking modern. You know how it goes, little by little, your home slips into another decade in terms of home decor or design. Then, one day, it seems like you’ve got months of work and thousands of dollars to spend in order to get it back up to a modern looking place. Well, you can save yourself at least from this effort by updating your window curtains.

One place to start is by looking at the color of your window shades or blinds first. One of the bigger trends is to keep these in more of a neutral scheme and then to accessorize with brighter or bolder curtains. There is a great selection of these type of  Waverly curtains available at Lowes, for very reasonable prices. Further, you could also get by with very simple or sheer eyelet curtains. The days of the heavy velvets and thick materials are gone, for now. As with most home decorating ideas, they may resurface in a few years to decades. This is no reason to store them in your attic or garage, however! You’ll end up with other storage hassles and nightmares.

In keeping with this simplified theme, you could opt to utilize a simple window valance. The key is simple. Generally speaking, window valances are on the way out in terms of window clutter. You want to give your windows a very clean or visually pleasing line to them. The ornate valances and the heavy fabric serve to make the window a focal point. Another option is the scarf valance. If you’re not familiar, it is just as the name implies, using a piece of fabric, usually more sheer or lightweight in nature, that is sort of draped over the curtain rod. It gives a nice hint of accent and a little flair as well. Finish it up with curtain tie backs and you will have a great set of curtains. Those are just some great curtain ideas to get you started, let your imagination take it from here!

Curtains And Window Treatments

bathroom-window-curtainNothing can change the whole look of a room faster than new curtains and window treatments. Sure, you can paint the place. But if you still have to look at some ratty old kitchen tier curtains and blinds while you gaze out the window, you have wasted your time.

Some people opt for a simpler style and just go with decorative blinds or eyelet curtains. This can work in the right environment. But using a curtain with a color that compliments the blind is always a nice touch. Make sure the colors contrast, though; you don’t want them to blend into one. The colors should different to be seen and appreciated. This can even be accomplished by using  curtain tie backs.

Swags are also an option. If done right, they can really add to the overall look and feel of a room. There is a danger in using too heavy of a fabric, though, and overpowering the window. Swag color can be a little tricky. This is particularly true if you are already trying to match a blind and curtain.

A good rule of thumb is to use the heaviest, darkest color with the swag. This will frame the top of the window and seem to focus the light so even when you have the blinds pulled and the curtains drawn, the window has good definition.

A thicker, bolder colored swag will also allow you to introduce a more masculine feel to the room and help balance out the living space if the décor is overly feminine. For most people, a good mix of male and female styles and colors make for a more comfortable home. The key is not to overdo it either way.

Curtains and window treatments can certainly transform a room, but it takes a bit of thought. Take some time and experiment. You will find the right balance. It will just feel right.