The Amazing Prospects of Mixing Window Curtains
A practical structural necessity or a dramatic style statement, mixing window curtains is one of the most unique and interesting, not to forget hottest home décor trends of recent times. The inherent possibilities of mixing window treatments, whether it’s different styles, materials or colors, are endless, which offers ways to achieve intriguing looks and to make the best use of windows and doors of all shapes and sizes.
Rooms with multiple windows have traditionally been relegated to curtains of the same style, fabric, and color – and it does work well, creating a sense of harmony and uniformity. Mixing it up, however, can add notches to your space’s appeal and better utilize the potential of each window. A small window in a room with several other, larger windows would typically be dressed up with curtains chosen for the larger windows’ requirements. If this small window is located in a part of the room that happens to be brighter, or darker than the rest of the room, you’d be missing out on the opportunity to achieve the ideal degree of brightness by not considering the particular window’s needs when picking the window dressings. It’s also a missed opportunity in the stylistic sense, for the one distinct window of the room could so easily have been turned into a focal point with just a little creativity!
Factors to Consider When Considering Mixing Window Curtains
Discovering a new way of doing things is always exciting… it is a chance to experiment, to let lose the imagination. But purchasing and putting on window curtains involves a fair deal of work, and not to forget money. So while you definitely should follow your style instincts, there are a few points you should keep in mind.
Juggling Uniformity And Variety
Whether it’s the collective curtains of the whole house or those in a particular room, mixing window curtains in a pleasing manner is almost always possible, often pretty easy. That being said, you need to identify the windows that should receive a ‘different treatment’ and the ones that would do best donning a look consistent with the rest. The size and purpose of the windows are the best pointers for you. Build your space’s new, ‘mixed look’ around the skylights, odd shaped or different sized windows. If all the windows in a particular room are identical in shape and size, the room’s interiors—the furniture, the utilization of the space, as well as the light and air requirements, can all still give you a good idea of the windows that would look best, whether standing out or blending in. The extent of variety you can incorporate is another factor you need to be mindful of. Too much variety in too short a space can be visually displeasing. The same holds true to uniformity. Remember, you should always plan and design around the space at hand!
Theme And Color Palette
The basics of décor—sticking to the theme and a color palette – are as relevant to mixing window curtains as to any other aspect of home or office décor. If it’s a nature-inspired look, for instance, the need to mix it up shouldn’t have you opting for a metallic sheen in window curtains. The color and texture of the fabric should be chosen with care. Even the boldest, most dramatic choices should still contrast or complement with the other curtains, and with the rest of the room. One of the biggest advantages of following these rules is that it saves you from thinking of or trying out choices that just won’t do, so you can focus on finding the best from amongst the relevant options.
Fabric Material And Weight
When it comes to mixing window curtains or drapes, using different fabrics for dressing different windows is an intriguing prospect. The light and air requirements for different windows are often a good parameter to choose prospective materials for the curtains. In areas with no particular distinction between different windows, it’s best, however, to stick with fabrics which aren’t too different in texture or weight. In a hallway with multiple windows on the same side, for instance, it’s best to select one fabric (say cotton, or linen) and then look for different patterns or shades to infuse drama and diversity. The similar fabric weight in cases such as these will ensure the curtains on one window don’t hang, move or flow too different than their neighbors. A single, light weighted curtain swaying with the gentle breeze while the heavier ones around it remain immobile would obviously be unsightly.
It’s called mixing window curtains, but the essence of the act lies in striking a balance. Unless there are similarities, whether in the pattern, hue, or texture, between different regions of your room, the variety you’re attempting to enhance it with won’t yield the sought results. You don’t need to sacrifice the space’s aesthetic balance for the sake of flamboyance. A little deliberation, with a little care, and you can spice things up while still keeping it elegant!