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Window treatments for a fresh apartment home

14 Jan

Nothing sounds more pleasant for me than home redecorating, especially when I’ve got some extra time on my hands. Most often I go with easy tricks like throwing around a few plush pillows or a colorful rug to add a pinch of vitality, or setting my digs abloom with inspiring blossoms. But every once in a while I feel the need for something more, creative and effective yet not very expensive. So this is how I ended up with having new window drapes.

When it comes to window treatments, the selection process is the most difficult part because there is such a great variety of choice, all very interesting and appealing in some way. But as challenging as it may be, it doesn’t make it less enjoyable for those of us passionate about home improvement, right? If your mission is very similar to mine, here are some tips to get you started.

Know your business. To make it an easy process, you have to decide beforehand on a couple of defining things such as style, fabric, length, hanging method (rods, tracks) and other drapery hardware. They are all extremely important when trying to find the perfect fit for your windows, be it ready-made or custom drapes. The big advantage of choosing custom-made drapery, though a bit more expensive, is that you’re not limited in sizing and can use the same fabric to upholster other small furniture or home accessories like chairs or cushions. It will make your rental feel complete.

photo credits Flickr user ooh_food

photo credits Flickr user ooh_food

With the right type of curtains you can either create a modern look or a more traditional ambiance, depending on the texture of the fabric; heavy textures remind of a certain class and sophistication which makes them more suitable for large, spacious rooms while silks and other shiny or glossy materials dissipate a sense of modern style applicable to city apartments.

Image courtesy of drapestyle.com

Image courtesy of drapestyle.com

When deciding what type of curtain is right for your space, also think about the final effect that you’re aiming for; will the curtain be the star of the room? Then choose some chic drapes in bold patterns or contrasting hues that will make them truly stand out, adding both personality and panache to your home.

Image via Apartment Therapy

Image via Apartment Therapy

If they are just a complementary slice of décor used to shed light on other furnishings, you should go with soothing sheers close in color to the hue of the walls. That should de-emphasize the window and re-direct attention to the accent pieces of the space.

Grey silky drapes

Grey silky drapes

For a more dramatic feel, mix and match different kinds of treatments. If you have multiple windows in the same room, try combining simple panels with Roman shades; it will enhance the overall interior design of the space and provide unity to the home décor.

photo credits Flickr user Posh Living, LLC

photo credits Flickr user Posh Living, LLC

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Posted by on January 14, 2013 in Apartment living, Design ideas

 

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