Natural light is the secret to making your space feel bright, open and expansive. But in the summertime, all that light translates into unwanted heat. Since it's time to pull the curtains, they might as well add an extra visual element to your decor. Here are our best practices for ensuring your window treatments are both practical and pretty.
Find Your Focal Point
If you want the focus of your room to be on the furniture, find muted or complementary colors for the drapery. Remember, there are four major elements to each space: floor, walls, ceilings and furniture. Only one of them should have the leading role; the others function as supporting characters. Check out Culp Associates for the neutral, natural and hand-woven-to-size Papyrusweave collection from Hartmann & Forbes if you want your window coverings to blend in simply and elegantly. If the rest of your design is solid, think about adding some personality to the drapes with an unusual pattern or a color that really pops.
As a rule, curtains should be at least twice the size of the window, though you can go as big as two and a half times the width. Antique Drapery Rod Co. can set you up with rods and hardware in 27 finishes, including bamboo and aluminum, then outfit your windows with panels in any width of silk taffeta or linen.
Choose Style Wisely
Does it matter whether you install roller or honeycomb shades? Sheer panels or wood blinds? Metal shutters or woven woods? Do you care if they’re operated by hand or motorized? It comes down to the layout, function and feel of their environment. For a vintage style, give preference to panels and drapery. If your home is more modern, you can splurge for metal and motorized. Maybe your space has a natural and comfortable vibe. If so, wood, either woven or in blind form, would be the best fit. Need to block the light? Opt for roller or roman shades. Need to filter light rather than keep it out? Honeycomb shades are the answer. If you know exactly what you want or even if you're still unsure of which option to choose, visit TimberBlindMetroShade. The consultants there can walk you through the process.
Go for the Custom Design
If you need a new atmosphere for a room, but you or your client just isn’t ready to replace the furniture, try upgrading to a personalized window treatment design. Drive down Dragon Street and you'll find D. Fadal Designs, purveyor of custom draperies. The staff there can also help with measurements, fabrication and installation of pretty much any material. Need the work done in as little as three weeks? Design District Custom Draperies is another option. In addition to pleated draperies, you’ll find sheers, swags, cascades, cornices, valances and even arched top treatments.
The Dallas Design District has window furnishings covered. Whether you're a designer putting the finishing touches on a client's space or a homeowner looking to outfit your windows in something both suitable and sophisticated, Stemmons Freeway to the Trinity River is the place to go.