One of the most fun areas of home decorating is choosing what type of window treatments you are going to use. Not only do you have the choices of what style, fabrics, and colors but you also need to decide whether you will use matching or contrasting borders, fringe, cording, and other accents that will announce your individuality. The choice of window treatments tells a lot about a person's personality. My wife and I recently redesigned the window treatments in one of our homes and chose a tropical them complete with bamboo rods for the curtain holders and blinds that were made of bamboo slats for an island look. When we added some floral curtains and draped artificial flowers over the bamboo rods it really set the whole room up.
Many people don't realize how many different components go into creating great window treatments. In addition to the above you also have to choose your draperies and valances as well as what type of ties you are going to go with and with the valances you have to decide if you are going formal or casual as well as choosing the type of fabric and whether it will be flat, gathered, or pleated.
Next you will want to make a decision about blinds and shades. There is now a diverse selection of shades and blinds to choose from. This wasn't the case as little as 20 years ago but now you can walk into home improvement store and find an enormous selection, if you shop online you find an even larger selection. Here you will have to decide whether you are going to use shades made of fabric or the cellular variety. You will also have the options of bottom arched, pleated or flat, Roman and balloon styles. Keep in mind that the cellular shades will give you a much cleaner look.
If you opt to go with blinds as we have in all of our houses then you have many more choices. You can choose aluminum, vinyl, imitation wood, or real wood for your blinds and of course you also have a rainbow of colors to choose from. The great thing about using real wood is that you can match them to any color you need. They are also very adjustable as far as how much light you want to let in and you can open them with open windows to let breezes flow through and still maintain a degree of privacy.
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