How to Choose Window Treatments For Oversized Or Irregular Windows

Published: 12th August 2011
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New build properties are being built with some beautiful, large and irregular-sized windows in many houses. These windows are absolutely beautiful and they give so much natural light coming into the room. They can be very dramatic and can be the focal point of much a beautifully designed room. They also create problems for many homeowners. Some have problems with too much direct sunlight, or lack of privacy, and others just not sure how to dress the windows, so they work with their organization and does not look overpowering or out of place. But dressing the windows so they are both beautiful and functional not to be so difficult. With a little careful planning, creativity and ingenuity, you can create a beautiful window treatment that will be the highlight of your room.

The first step to getting your window treatments right first time is to find out what function you need for your window treatments to serve. If privacy is an issue, you need to understand what types of window treatments will provide the kind of privacy you need. If lighting is a problem again, knowing the different types of treatments available for lighting will help you narrow down your choices. Maybe aesthetics are your primary concern. You must know what treatments will create the best look for your type of window and design style. Here is a basic breakdown of the types of window treatments available and what their main functions are:

* Curtains and curtain panels are usually made of fabric and can be designed with pleats, tab tops, Rod pockets, etc. They can be hung from rings and / or drapery pins on curtain rods, medallions, traversing rods or other creative hanging systems. They can vary in style from contemporary to traditional, contemporary to eclectic, depending on fabric, color, pattern and style. They can be dressed up with valances, swags, cornices or scarves on top of treatment. Curtains and blinds can be functional and provide privacy or openness or may be purely for aesthetics.

* Blinds can be horizontally or vertically and can be made of different materials such as metal, wood or synthetic materials. They can vary in color and style and can be decorated with colorful decorative stripes. They come with privacy and blackout. They can be extremely versatile. Some styles can be done with top-down bottom-up and remote controls, making them useful for windows that are hard to reach.

* Shades may come in fabric, wood, natural fibers and synthetic fibers. Like blinds they can be modern and clean or they can be designed with slouches and swags for a more traditional design. Also they can be sheer to provide light, privacy or blackout lining to sleep in. They may have additional decorations as top-down bottom-up and remote controls that can make them very useful for higher and higher to reach windows.

* Shutters can be made of wood or synthetic material mixed with wood. They can provide light control and privacy. They can be implemented in various design styles from traditional to more modern designs.

Once you have decided to feature your treatments, the next step is to decide how you want your window treatments to look. Look around your home and decide what your design style is. If you are more traditional, you will want to consider curtains and swag valances as opportunities rather than any functional treatments you may have selected. If your style is more modern, simple panels can roll over or sun shades be your cup of tea. An easy way to coordinate your treatments are by color. To do this, make sure your choice has a color that fits with another substance. Your agents need not have all the same colors in common. A red from a floral or plaid and coordinate with the same red in a different style of fabric, such as a stripe. A solid piece, such as an accent pillow in the same color to round off your palate.

The most important thing to consider regardless of your design style is scale. You will want to create treatments that fit the scale of space and windows. Many homeowners with two story windows make the mistake of only dress the lower windows. Even if done correctly, this may look nice, ideally you will want to take both levels of windows. If you have a more traditional style, will formally swag valances over each of the windows creates drama and interest. You can also add drapery panels to the lower windows of swag for function and added aesthetic. Floor to ceiling drapery panels with swags at the top will also create a very dramatic, formal and more traditional look. If you have multiple windows united in one area, you might consider treating them as a window. Maybe panels on each end with a beautiful, dramatic valance across all windows can add drama you need.

If you have a more modern design style, simple floor to ceiling grommet top or pinch pleated panels on each side of each set of windows can create drama and elegance. For thin draped dramatically over the higher windows and pulled back with a tie-back to create drama in a more relaxed space and can also take the sting out of a bright sunlit room.

The Internet can be a great resource for creative two-storied and uneven window treatment ideas. A simple Google search for the two-story window treatment ideas will come back with hundreds of pictures of creative solutions to irregular and large windows ..

When it comes to window treatments, we are only limited by our own imagination. Creativity is the key to creating beautiful, dramatic window treatments fit the size of our rooms, and to coordinate with our design styles.

Paola McDonald, Certified Interior Decorator and owner of Creative Elegance Interiors, LLC

Creative Elegance Interiors is a full service interior decorating and design company based in Haymarket, VA and serving Northern Virginia, Washington, DC and parts of Maryland. We work with homeowners to create beautiful, functional, elegant home spaces that meet their and their families. We offer everything from custom window treatments to kitchen and bathroom design to furniture and accessories. Our design style is elegant, sophisticated and clean. Our goal is to create home spaces that are beautiful, functional and designed to be enjoyed.

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