If you’ve just installed striking new double hung, picture, or casement windows courtesy of Renewal by Andersen windows, you’re halfway to getting the windows of your dreams. The next step, of course, involves installing the best window treatments money can buy in order to dress and show off your beautiful new home improvements. However, for the budget-conscious, figuring out the best way to dress your windows can be intimidating. Luckily, there’s no reason to worry any longer. You can find the perfect treatment for windows of any shape or style simply by paying attention to a few key details. If you’re stumped for the perfect window treatments, here are a few starter ideas to get you ready.
Let the Window Dictate the Style
The first thing to do when thinking about how to treat your windows is to fully assess what you’re working with. What is distinct about your window? What are some of its best features and benefits? What kind of mood do you want it to capture for the whole room? Figuring out the answers to these questions should help you figure out what the best next move is. If you’re looking to create a cozy, somewhat somber atmosphere, you might want to think about hanging dramatic, heavy drapes. If you’re looking to create a lighter, more casual scene, installing blinds or shutters could be just what you’re looking for.
Don’t Shy Away From Color
Many homeowners would prefer for the windows in their homes to speak for themselves, without a lot of fuss or fancy dressing. However, when it comes to truly show-stopping picture windows and arched bay windows that let in the light, supplementing that effect with the right color can make all the difference between drab and fab. For rooms with a ton of natural light, muting the effect with a deep salmon or coral-hued drape could bring the energy down to more mellow level. If you want to bring more light into a room, consider a bright yellow or orange colored gauze.
Your windows exist, first and foremost, to bring light into a room. But not all light is created equal. Even if you can’t get enough natural sunlight flowing through the room at all hours of the day, that doesn’t mean you should try your best to direct the light in a way that’s aesthetically pleasing and sophisticated, by way of the right panels, outside blinds, or sectioned drapes. For best results, use panels and treatments that can be easily changed through the day to maximize daylight and minimize shadow.
Speaking of shadow, there are many ways to use darkness to your advantage. If you’re trying to create a warm, moody atmosphere, using sectioned drapes can bring the rest of the room into focus, especially in spaces where there’s a lot of artwork and high ceilings. Even though windows let in the light, that’s no reason to be afraid of the possibility of shadow and shading in some of the more austere rooms of the home.