If you’ve been thinking about changing your window treatments, then you’ve likely noticed the range of options available to you. Colors, patterns, textures— the best Toronto fabric stores have a huge selection. How do you figure out what will work in your room? It all begins with your windows, since they will determine how much fabric you need and what other accessories will work.
As they say, windows are the eyes of your home. They are your home’s primary source of natural light, and believe me—lighting can completely change a room’s appearance. Unfortunately, you usually can’t do much to change the windows themselves. Because of this, the right drapery treatment is essential and makes a big difference in how a room is viewed.
Tips for Decorating Your Windows
With all the options available to you, you are perhaps looking for some guidance on what in the world to do with your windows. Here are a few of the basic tips regarding window furnishings:
Keep the look clean and simple.
Not so long ago, the trend for window curtains was to have lots of droopy, swoopy fabric. Valances sagged over the curtains, creating what is now considered an overdone look. Let’s be clear—there is nothing wrong with valances or cornices over your windows, but most people now prefer to keep them simple, with clean corners and straight lines.
Hang your curtain rods higher than your window frame.
Lots of natural light makes a space look more open and fresh. That means when your windows are open, you want to let in as much light as possible. Hang the curtain rods high, so that you maximize the window space and lighting when the curtains are open. You can also use rods that are longer than the window frame. This technique also makes your windows look larger because the curtains do not cover a portion of the windows when open.
You can layer your window décor for added depth.
An example of layering is to use both curtains and blinds. Natural shades and textures are a current favorite for blinds and curtains, and a natural-looking set of bamboo or suede blinds goes well with a number of different curtain styles. Another layering piece is sheers, but again, keep it simple. You don’t want to go too frilly with your window sheers. When layered correctly, they can let it a lot of light while giving the room a feel of intimacy and privacy.
Of course, the main thing to remember about home décor is to make it look the way that pleases you most. That means you can throw any of these suggestions out the window if they don’t work for you.
Choosing the Accessories
You have several different considerations when choosing window accessories.
- Curtains— Curtains are probably the main item you’re thinking about when choosing window décor. Part of the choice depends upon how the rest of your room will look. Curtains can come in bold patterns, subdued neutrals, or solid shades that match your color scheme. If the space needs a splash of color, consider going with bold drapery. In contrast, a room that already has a lot going on may benefit from neutral window décor.
- Curtain Rods— We’ve already talked about how to place your curtain rods, but what about style? You can’t go wrong with simple, polished-looking rods. They make your space sleek and won’t take away from the rest of the window décor. Also, don’t be afraid to eschew traditional curtain rods all together and use a unique alternative, such as hanging your curtains from antique door knobs mounted above the window frame.
- Curtain Tiebacks— Tiebacks are like jewelry for your windows. Why go with something merely functional when you can choose beautiful antique tiebacks to give your windows character? Some people overlook tiebacks because they are such a small piece, but this is definitely one of those situations where the little details matter. You really can’t go wrong with bold curtain tiebacks. They don’t consume your gaze the way a larger piece would. The main consideration is that they work well with the rest of the window décor and the rest of the room.
If you’re looking for one of the highest quality fabric stores in Toronto, come visit us at Department of Interiors. We offer made-to-order, custom drapery fabrics from the world’s finest manufacturers. We’re sure to have options for curtains that match your décor, and you’ll also a rare selection of handmade European curtain tiebacks when you browse our store.