Friday, January 21, 2011

Window Treatments

Window Treatments

Window treatments can easily make or break the style of a room.  Adding curtains or drapes to a window can create a focal point and also elongate the ceiling height.  There are so many different options for your windows but I will cover just a few and also show you how to create your own printed drapes.  Here is some vocabulary that may help you determine what is the right option for your specific window. 
·      Draperies- Are usually pleated panels that are hung from a traverse rod or a decorative pole and rings.  There are many types of pleat arrangements some made by hand and some using pleating tape.
·      Swags and cascades- Stationary swags of fabric can be combined and overlapped on a decorative pole or covered dust board.  They can be pleated and formal or relaxed and casual.  They are often combined with cascades (also known as jabots or tails) at each end of the windrow.
·      Valences- Are decorative top treatments that can cove the mounting hardware of drapes or shades.  They can be pleated, gathered or flat, arched, straight or shaped, and can be mounted on dust boards, poles, or rods.
·      Cornices- Are padded box shapes covered in fabric and trim.  The bottom edge can be shaped in many different ways.  They are mounted above the window and can conceal other mounting hardware.
·      Fabric Shades- Come in many shapes and sizes.  They are usually raised and lower by a system of rigged cords or a spring-loaded roller.  Roman shades and their much variation tend to be fullness from pleats or gathers and have a softer, pouffed appearance when raised.  Austrian Shades are shirred down vertical lines giving a fuller look when down.  Shades are usually attached to a covered mounting board that is attached either inside or outside the window trim.  Some styles can be mounted on decorative poles.

The architecture of your home, your personal style, and most importantly where the room is located should really determine the type of window treatment for your window.  If you have a modern house try and stick with a minimal window treatment.  Possibly roman shades or simple drapes would be best.  More traditional interiors you may opt for a dramatic treatment with generous swags and lots of fringe.  Window treatments are fabulous but can be very pricey.  A great way to create your own printed treatment is to make it using canvas fabric.  You can use stencils or freehand paint if you have a steady hand.  Use acrylic paint and let the canvas fabric dry over night.  Use a large rod to hang above the window.

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