Aesthetic & Functional Value of Windows
Windows are the gateway to the outside world for those inside the house. These are small openings in the walls through which you can watch the world go by and also allow natural light and fresh air to fill your living spaces. Natural light is the source of positive energy inside the house and helps to spread cheer and good humor. A windowless house would create a gloomy and sad ambiance inside the house and will be rendered unfit for living. Windows also allow the circulation of fresh air which helps to keep the air inside the house healthy. Apart from the obvious functional benefits of windows, windows help to enhance the aesthetic values of homes. They can be of different shapes and sizes and they help to add architectural interest inside the rooms and have the potential to become the focal points of your home décor. Bay windows, corner windows, skylight windows, circular windows, arched windows, double-hung windows are just a few types of windows that are explored by architects and designers.
But Windows Need Coverings
Windows do a lot for your homes. They add value, beauty, and positivity to your homes. But they also have their share of woes. While natural light is cherished, too much sunlight can heat the space and cause the temperature to rise. The harsh glares of the sun can irritate and also expose your homes to harmful UV rays. Windows are poor insulators and hence cause heat gain and loss. Temperatures drop or rise significantly during winter and summer respectively which can put enormous strain on your artificial cooling and heating systems. The result is increased energy costs. Uncovered windows can also jeopardize the privacy and security of your living space. Passer-by can get an easy sneak-peak into your house which is not a nice thought. Considering all these factors it is important that your windows are dressed well and effectively.
When it comes to choosing a window treatment for your homes, you are spoilt for choice. There are drapes, shades, blinds, and shutters to choose from. Each of them boasts of a plethora of characteristic features, qualities, and functionalities that can give your windows the richness they deserve. Today we will however discuss window treatments that can offer a soft touch and soft look to your windows.
Adding Soft Look to your Windows
Your rooms have lots of elements that include wood or metallic furniture, light, etc. which have sharp edges and lack softness. The window treatment you choose can be used to incorporate that softness into your windows and your rooms.
Despite stiff competition from blinds and shades, drapes have continued to rule the hearts of homeowners and have lost none of their sheen and luster. The yards of silk, linen, or satin hanging from high up near the ceiling and falling till the ground lends a gorgeous feminine touch and a soft glow to the surrounding space. The drapes are elegant with a luxurious appeal. The secret is to hang them high to create an illusion of a large and more spacious room.
You love natural light to flood your space but want to cut out the harsh glares? Try sheer curtains. Made of soft gentle translucent materials like chiffon, polyester, lace, or voile, sheer curtains create a happy space inside the house. They allow diffused sunlight to spread cheer and joy throughout your living space. The warm glow of the diffused light creates an ethereal ambiance and is loved by one and all. Sheer curtains make a great choice of window treatment irrespective of the room décor.
If you want to enjoy the beauty of sheers with the functionality of blinds, opt for sheer shades. These shades are made of sheer light-filtering fabrics. Like sheer curtains, they will fill the space with warm muted light and add a soft glow to the surroundings. These shades can be drawn up and down like blinds with the help of cords or a button in the case of cordless shades. You can choose from a range of textures and colors to blend with your existing room décor.
Roman shades are often treated as a hybrid window treatment that looks to combine the soft elegance of drapes with the functionality of blinds. Roman shades are made of gorgeous fabrics. You can choose from a range of textures, colors, patterns and designs, and styles. You can choose from different styles like relaxed Roman, hobbled shade, Banded Roman, scalloped Roman, gathered balloon, etc. the soft folds of the roman shades add a touch of elegance and feminine appeal to the rooms and a great way to soften the hard edges in a room.
Natural Wood Blinds
If you want sunlight to spread a warm glow throughout your living space and a soft touch to your windows, opt for natural materials like bamboo, woven wood, grass reed, etc. made of natural eco-friendly materials that can be easily recycled, these blinds can transform any stiff and artificial décor into a gentle, relaxing and calming décor that is naturally beautiful.
If you want to add a soft touch to your home décor and your windows you can opt for any of the window treatments discussed above. They are stunningly gorgeous and worth every penny.