By Kathryn Whittaker
Many people consider window treatments as finishing touches to
the room’s decor, and usually pay little or no attention to
this interior detail. Sometimes when you start improving your
blinds or curtains, the budget often runs low. However, window
treatments should never be neglected, as they play an
part in emphasizing the individual character of the place.
In modern apartments, especially in lofts and penthouses with
large windows, window treatments should be given a lot of
attention, at the earliest possible design stage. Choosing the
right color and style of window treatments will make the room
not only welcoming and comfortable, but will also highlight
size and ambience, giving perspective to the place.
White is often a color of choice for many decorators, because
it is really hard to go wrong with white. Timeless and
versatile, white provides a unifying base for the most window
designs. Remember, though, that there are different kinds of
white, which a skilled decorator may mix in one room altering
the feel from warm to cold to increase the impact from your
window blinds or curtains.
Today home decorating makes a comeback from the minimalist era
when whites and beiges were abound putting a long-time spell
pure minimalist designs. The most sought-after design of
window treatments is fresh, minimal, translucent and
light-colored, but today people seek window curtains and
that can give real character and individuality to the room.
Variety of paint shades and fabric textures allows blending
blinds and curtains perfectly with the furniture to match the
apartment’s light and mood. Venetian blinds are now available
in a range of vintage-inspired muted colors or even in bright
plain colors. With carefully placed color accents, you can
avoid making the room too impersonal.
In terms of decor trends, curtains have gone in two opposite
directions: they became either more “feminine” made of
embroidered and patterned fabrics with rich draping; or
as Calvin Klein suit, made of natural fabrics in neutral
To add a personal touch, you may choose to place curtains on
elaborate cast metal rings or find an antique details in flee
When choosing the color of your window blinds or curtains,
think about what light is your apartment getting from outside.
The light in apartments changes throughout the day and through
seasons as well. In a single apartment, when choosing window
blinds or curtains, thought should be given to the orientation
of rooms and the warmth of light that will enter them. Rooms
that receive light early in the day, or not at all, usually
need some warming up with color. Rooms that benefit from the
afternoon or sunset sun will receive reddish light and
therefore need less artificial warmth. The new finishes on
blinds, such as brushed aluminum, produce a nice cool effect
windows that need cool light from the outside.
There are some optical tricks that have to be considered when
you pick your window curtains or shades. Denser window
treatments, such as Venetian blinds, curtains and vertically
striped fabrics can improve the look of the room with low
ceiling. Roman and Venetian blinds can create a warm relaxed
Expert decorators say that window treatment must receive the
same attention and investment as any other piece of furniture,
especially if your windows overlook a spectacular landscape.
the view from your window leaves little to imagination, you
improve the situation by decorating the window with forgiving
blinds in carefully chosen colors.
About The Author: Kathryn writes articles on a number of
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