The arena of home decor is so vast that even thinking of designing your home can prove to be a cumbersome task. From kitchens, bathrooms, bedrooms, and drawing rooms to your fireplaces, mantelpieces, furniture and dressing tables, there is a lot that you can experiment with. The areas even cover terraces, your front lawn and your backyard. There are many ways to improve your home, yet getting full-time into revamping it can be stressful. Have you wondered where to begin with if you wish to upgrade? Let’s start with your windows. When designed right, a window can be an attractive focal point. When you have a party coming up, it becomes your duty to turn your attention to window spaces first. These areas are not just important for creating a balance in the room, they are important to take care of with the right window treatments because otherwise, you will be compromising on your safety, comfort, and well-being.
Why Redesign the Look of Your Windows?
Curtains have been a part of our homes for as long as we can remember. A lot of homes across the world use them, for they are still very much in style. They add character to your living space, be it the bedroom, living room or even the study or kitchen. However, despite occupying substantial space in your room, curtains can appear to become dull, boring and lifeless over time. It is thus important to understand when they need an upgrade before going about experimenting with the new look for your home.
Let’s consider a hypothetical situation. You have got your home repainted, have upgraded your bed to a modern one with a headboard, and added attractive side-dressing tables, new floorings and a new rug. You’ve also added a piece of furniture in the empty space where you can read newspapers early in the morning and work on pending tasks during late evenings. But your curtains are old, and despite the weekly cleaning, they look out of place and need urgent replacement. Let us now look at how this can be accomplished.
1. Going for Dyed Options: This might be an excellent DIY technique if you want to avoid incurring costs on a new curtain. Shibori-dye technique is a Japanese technique that you can use on curtains. They provide a neat contemporary look which suits well in any room of the house. So if you have a party this weekend, give it a try on some old curtains for your guests to see.
2. Choosing a Different Attachment Style: Look at your blinds closely, and check out how they have been attached. If they are sewn together at the top with a rod running through them, they are rod pocket curtains. Think and research about the other styles, and you will get to know there are tab top (separate loops of fabric at the top), eyelet (circular holes created for a more contemporary style) and others than can altogether change the look of your window space in no time.
3. Adding a Valance or a Cornice Board: A valance is generally used for decorative purposes and is attached at the top of the space. It is used to hide the hardware that comes with the curtains. For decorative purposes, they can be implemented to represent an extension of the curtain or any other window covering in a similar color or design.
4. Looking for Different Opacity Levels: Curtains come in sheer, semi-sheer, room darkening, and opaque materials. In hotel rooms and conference halls, people generally use a combination of light filtering and opaque curtains to adjust the level of light coming through. Depending on your requirements, you can choose what type or combination to upgrade. Sheer curtains allow maximum light to pour in, especially in homes where weather is pleasant all year round. Room darkening and blackout curtains are used to prevent the home from outside heat and cold and act as great insulators.
5. Upgrading the Operating Style: If you find pulling cords every time you need more sunlight in your room a tough and boring exercise, go for cordless options. Window treatments can now be adjusted using a smartphone and voice instructions, especially when you have Z-Wave motorized blinds and shades in your house. Now you can adjust them from the comfort of your sofa or bed. You can also schedule their movement at different times during the day.
6. Installing Outdoor Curtains: If you want maximum space inside the window to accommodate furniture or any other important stuff, you can install your curtains outside the window. However, choose curtains in fabrics that are resistant to moisture and heat, so that they do not get spoiled or damaged every time there is a heavy downpour or temperatures go beyond 35 degrees in summers.
7. Looking For Different Fabrics: The thicker the materials used in construction are, the more opaque your curtains will be. Cotton, lace and linen are lighter materials that let in large amounts of sunlight. On the other hand, silk and velvet are heavier fabrics that are used to create sound-absorbing, light-blocking window shades.
8. Opting for a Different Pattern: It is tough to go DIY in this aspect, so you may purchase a different curtain in a different design. You have a plethora of options to choose from, from floral and graphic print to geometric, polka dot and color-blocked. Each design adds a different dimension to the living space, so be mindful and keep your room’s elements in mind while upgrading to a curtain in different print or design.
9. Differences in Size: You can also determine what a curtain is being used for. Long door or door curtains are used to cover the space between the room and the door, or are installed to separate one part of the home from another. Window curtains are shorter in length, so be aware of what purpose you are using a curtain for.
10. Upgrading to a Different Window Shade: Curtains are no longer the only option to cover your windows, although they might well be one of the most common. Solar blinds, roller blinds, Roman shades, honeycomb shades, vertical blinds and sheer shades are increasingly becoming ideal window treatments to protect your windows.
The right type of curtains can give your home a new lease life. They can totally change the look of your room in an instant. So consider these options and see for yourself what works best for you. Besides, you can also make a to-do list and determine what are the things you like and dislike most about your current window treatments. This will help you take the right action in upgrading your curtains.