Dress up your windows

Choosing window décor can be a daunting task. The wrong color, texture, or size of a window treatment can break a design scheme. Gigi Kinsey, owner of Kinsey Interiors, shares some curtaining tips to get you started!

Determine function.   Will the curtains be decorative only? Will they insulate a sun-facing window? Do they need to block light from entering a bedroom? Answering these questions will help you determine the type of treatment you need. A valance adds decoration while letting light shine through. Lined black-out curtains are your go-to for keeping a room dark.

Consider fashion.   Current trends include remote controlled treatments, motorized with batteries and controlled from anywhere in the room. Other trends to note include installing woven wooden roman shades and paring simplistic designs with luxurious fabrics such as velvet, silk, and suede.

Decide on fullness.   “Fullness” is a term used by decorators to indicate the amount of fabric relative to the size of the window. One times the fullness means that the width of the curtain equals the width of the window. That’s essentially a flat piece of fabric hanging in front of a window, and you don’t want that. “If you are on a budget, choose a less expensive fabric or ready-made curtain that has at least two to three times fullness,” Gigi advises. “You can’t skimp on fullness because it looks cheap.”

And don’t forget your favorites!   Think about styles you particularly like. For her part, Gigi loves layers: “Roman shades with side panels are my favorite.” She adds, “A room doesn’t look finished until window treatments are installed. They make a huge impact on the overall design of the space with pattern, color, and style. They tie the whole room together.”

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