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Framing the Views: The Art of Window Coverings

Windows without the right dressing are like masterpieces without frames – they lack that finishing touch that truly elevates them. Your window coverings play a vital role in your interior design, drawing the eye, complementing the view, and adding detail and visual interest to the room.

custom drapery in Niagara on the Lake, by Simply White Interiors

However, not just any window covering will do the job effectively. In this guide, we'll explore the dos and don'ts of framing your view with the perfect window coverings.

Understanding Window Coverings

Before we delve into the dos and don'ts, let's clarify the types of window coverings available:

-Drapery: Floor-length drapery panels, often with lining, give a formal appearance. Drapery panels offer a relaxed look, typically in lighter materials that hang just below the window.

- Sheers: As the name suggests, sheers are the lightest of the bunch, allowing light and views to pass through while offering a touch of privacy.

- Shades and Blinds: Shades are also made of fabric but feature a pull-up mechanism at the top, either rolling or folding the fabric. Blinds, on the other hand, are usually crafted from hard materials like vinyl, plastic, wood, or aluminum.

While each type has its ideal applications, drapery is often the go-to choice in interior designs. They tie together a home's architecture and decor, add character and style, and help moderate internal temperatures by blocking out heat in the summer and retaining it in the winter.

The Dos and Don'ts

DO: Make Your Rooms Appear Taller and Windows Larger

Enhance the visual appeal of your rooms by making them appear taller and windows larger. Achieve this by mounting the rod as close to the ceiling as possible, with fabric panels extending down to the floor. Extend the rod three to six inches on each side of the window. This creates the illusion of a larger window, as your eye is naturally drawn to the drapes.

drapery in living room, interior designer Taylor Rumble of Simply White Interiors, Niagara on the Lake

DO: Embrace Luxury

One of the most significant advantages of drapery is their luxurious feel. The key to this luxury lies in your choice of material, considering weight and texture, as well as the length and fullness of your drapery. Typically, the length of the material should measure at least twice the window's width, but more fullness equals a more luxurious look.

DON'T: DIY Your Window Coverings

While DIY projects can be rewarding, window treatments are a valuable investment, and the cost of fabric for multiple windows can add up quickly. It's advisable to work with a professional designer or window expert. Their expertise will help you find the perfect fit and ensure your investment is well-placed.

layered window drapery, by Taylor Rumble, Designer at Simply White Interiors

DO: Layer Your Window Dressings

Achieve designer-worthy windows by layering different window coverings. For instance, combine drapes with shades. This approach adds detail to your windows, making them a focal point, while also improving light and temperature control. Layering decorative side panels with sheers or blinds can provide privacy without breaking the bank.

DO: Consider the Exterior View

While window coverings primarily impact your home's interior, don't forget to consider their effect on your home's exterior architectural details. Consistency is key. Harmonizing the style of your window coverings throughout your home ensures both interior and exterior uniformity. This approach guarantees that your home maintains a cohesive look, both inside and out.

Black and White Office, with custom drapery designed by interior designer Taylor Rumble, of Simply White Interiors

In conclusion, window coverings are a crucial element of interior design. Planning your window coverings during the design phase ensures that you select options that meet your space's demands, style preferences, and budget.

By following these dos and don'ts, you can frame your view with window coverings that elevate your space and create a harmonious aesthetic both inside and outside your home. Looking for support with your window covering design? Reach out for a consultation with our design team by CLICKING HERE. Did you like this article? Join our email list and we will let you know whenever we hit publish on our next one! SUBSCRIBE HERE

Bren Petrunick, Creative Director of Simply White Interiors, Niagara on the Lake

Bren Petrunick

Creative Director Simply White Interiors Niagara-on-the-Lake



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