Do’s and Don’ts of Selecting Window Treatments
Who doesn’t love a bright and airy space? While windows are a great way to make a room feel bigger and more open, there are times when you really want added privacy and to control the temperature in your home.
Window treatments are a very common topic that comes up when working with many of our clients. As Minneapolis interior designers, our Che Bella team understands that this aspect of your space can really make or break the look of a room.
That is why we’ve created this handy guide to help you through the process. Keep reading to learn the do’s and don’ts of selecting window coverings for your Minnesota home.
DO: Take Proper Measurements
When it comes to home remodeling in Minneapolis, the rule is to always measure twice and cut once. However, when it comes to window coverings, measure three times before buying.
Why? Having the right measurements for your windows is essential when it comes to selecting the right style for your needs. Even being as close as 1/8-inch off on your figures can make a huge difference in the overall functionality of your blinds, roller shades, or shutters. While this isn’t as big of a deal for drapes, you’ll at least want to know a firm estimate on height and rod length. When you work with Che Bella Interiors, we send a certified Hunter Douglas technician out to measure your windows, ensuring an accurate fit and removing any anxiety about ordering the wrong size. Easy!
DON’T: Hang Curtains Directly Over the Top of Windows
One common mistake a lot of people make when choosing window treatments in Minneapolis is hanging rods directly over the tops of windows in the space just above the opening. The rule of thumb is to hang your rod around four to six inches higher than the trim, which creates a look that makes the window appear taller.
This guideline also means you’ll need to remember to add the extra length when purchasing curtains or sheers. Keep in mind that they can always be hemmed shorter, so going longer is always a better idea.
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DO: Create Layers for Your Windows
One of the easiest ways to enjoy both beautiful and functional window coverings in your home is by creating layers. What do we mean by this? Use two different types of curtains — one sheer and one heavier — together.
The sheer version is ideal for when you want privacy but still enjoy the light that a window provides. The heavier look is for those times when you want to block out light, such as on a summer afternoon or when watching a movie together in the living room.
DON’T: Think You Have to Get Super Complicated
While layers are great for creating a dramatic effect in your space, the truth is that you don’t always have to get complicated with your window coverings. For certain rooms, something as simple as a decorative sheer is enough to really create an elegant aesthetic.
But how do you decide which windows to go with multiple layers and which ones to leave simple? It really depends on the use of the space and the amount of natural light it receives. Using our example of layers above, there’s a good chance you wouldn’t even need a heavier curtain if the window doesn’t get direct sunlight. However, a sheer would still give it that “dressed up” look and a bit of added privacy.
DO: Choose Light Blocking Capabilities for Certain Spaces
Some rooms just need to be darker than others. Think the bedroom of a toddler who likes to get up at the crack of dawn or in the master bedroom of a first responder who works the late shift.
This is when it becomes important to choose window treatments with high light blocking capabilities. For our clients, we recommend upgrading to Duette Honeycomb Shades with LightLock™ Hunter Douglas window covering offerings. Not only are they available in a zillion different colors, but the Duette Honeycomb with LightLock™ is specifically designed to keep your room dark and cool.
DON’T: Use the Same Window Coverings in Every Room
While you do want to ensure you have somewhat of a cohesive look throughout your home, don’t use the exact same window coverings in every room. Why is this a problem? Well, not every room needs drapes and not every window is right for blinds.
Instead, try to find something that cohesively matches from one space to another, like a specific color or style. You can also opt to keep your window coverings specific to the design of the individual room. Just remember that any front-facing windows in your home should have similar coverings for a matching curb appeal when looking towards the home from outdoors.
DO: Go For Quality with Specific Windows in Your Home
Window coverings are one of those things that can really eat up your budget if you aren’t careful. The way we get around this is by prioritizing specific windows throughout the home based on factors like privacy, direct sunlight, and visual importance.
While you’ll want to have coverings on all your windows in some fashion, choosing to allocate funds towards high-quality options on those that have a higher need is important. For example, you might want automated blackout shades in your master bedroom if you or your partner work nights, etc.
DON’T: Use Long Window Coverings in Unusual Spaces
It can seem a little tempting to go drapery crazy when choosing window curtains. However, make sure you aren’t going overboard by using long or heavy coverings in spaces where they just don’t make sense.
Need an example? The bathroom is an area where humidity and odors can become trapped in soft surfaces. Instead, opt for blinds or shutters that work as a great covering, but have a texture that is easy to clean.
DO: Let Che Bella Interiors Help You Find the Perfect Window Treatments
Finding the right window coverings for your home is easy with these do’s and don’ts. Of course, if you have questions, we’re here to help.
Whether you’re embarking on a home renovation or are building a new home in Minneapolis, Che Bella Interiors can help you create a space that is beautifully yours, from conception to completion. Contact us today to discuss your project!