The Center of Attention: Window Treatment Ideas for Every Space
Window Treatment Ideas: We've Got 'Em.
Narrowing down your window treatment ideas can be tough. So why not reward yourself by making your window coverings the center of attention. Many rooms suffer from this very problem - there's no focus. The decor is a mishmash of furniture and miscellaneous items acquired throughout the years and there's very little cohesion. An immediate way to change this is to find a focal point to anchor a room's decor and furnishings around.
What's a focal point? Upon entering a room, it's the place where the eyes are immediately drawn toward. Windows are a natural focal point to any space, and our suggestion – build your room around it.
First, ask yourself a few questions. What is it that you’re trying to achieve? Do you want light control, privacy, or aesthetics? Is the room’s vibe classic, modern, or somewhere in between? Choose fabrics and window coverings that are both functional and reflect your sense of personal style. With that in mind, we’ve picked some window treatment ideas to help you find the one that suits your space, your needs, and your style.
The Small Space.
The ideal window treatment for a small space is efficient and versatile, combining a minimal footprint with maximum function.
If you are trying to make the room look as large as possible, go with the linen Roman shade and keep it simple. Don’t layer other window treatments if possible, and make sure your other window treatments in the room are identical.
Remember, the windows are an extension of the walls and cover a large decorating area. Keeping that in mind, when picking window treatments for a small space, the first thing you must know is whether you are decorating to make the room look larger, or cozier. There is no right or wrong answer, just the feeling you are looking for in your small room.
Photo by Amber Interiors
If you want your space to feel light and easy – clean, airy lines are key. Enter: Belgian linen drapery, with drapery we’ll focus on simplicity and practicality: think neutral colors and interesting character. Both literally and figuratively, Belgian linen is prized for its breath-ability and softness. Linen keeps your space cool in the summer and warm in the winter, making it the natural choice for a minimalist living space. Product-wise, Belgian linen drapery & shades are exceptionally long lasting.
Unlike cotton or velvet, it’s one of the few fabrics that gets better with age! It becomes much softer, smoother, lustrous and will last up to 12 times as long as cotton. Tailor your modern style by leveraging custom window treatments from this remarkable textile. It’s simply the cleanest and most natural type of drapery you can get. We’re confident you will grow to love it and cherish it.
If you like attention, don’t be shy and just admit it. A bold window treatment can most definitely elevate an otherwise simple aesthetic into something greater than the sum of its parts. We’re talking something fun and sexy – the zebra shade.
The zebra shade brings a little oomph to our selection of window treatment ideas. If you’re looking for that wow factor, zebra shades have it. It’s innovative design, upscale-style, paired with its geometric dual fabric bands make a unique statement that will leave any house guest feeling a little jealous. A perfect conversation starter during an elaborate teatime.
Unlike the roller shade which uses one solid piece of fabric, a zebra shades fabric is made up of alternating bands that are semi-opaque and sheer which roll on the tube that bypass one another. The idea behind this is that you can rotate the bands slightly to line up the sheer fabrics, thus, allowing a view out of the window, while still offering daytime privacy and UV protection for the interior.
We know what you’re thinking. Versatility, function, and style… It all sounds to good to be true. We’d love to show you all our incredible zebra shade style options and functions.
If the window your preparing to design faces due east or west, or keeping the heat of the second story at bay is your task at hand — then solar shades are an excellent place to start.
We craft solar shades at different levels of transparencies, including 1%, 3%, 5% and 10%. The smaller percentages indicate that less light will be allowed in, ultimately shielding more UV rays and keeping the light out. Higher percentages indicate a more open fabric, allowing in more of the light and a better view. It’s all about finding that perfect balance.
These sunscreen fabrics filter and diffuse harsh UV rays and reduce energy consumption. Keep in mind, lighter color fabrics are more energy-efficient than darker ones, but they may also cause more glare and reflection. Darker fabrics absorb more heat into your home’s interior, but reduce glare and reflection, enhancing your view.
High-end technologies, like solar panels, and programmable thermostats have become quite normal. However, people often forget that one of the most basic aspects of an energy-efficient home are its windows and quite frequently view window treatments as only a decoration and something way down the priority list. Interestingly, heat gain from a home’s windows accounts for 24%-39% of the average households cooling expenses.
In that same vein, let your custom window treatments do some of the heavy-lifting by cutting down on the sun streaming into your home, saving you more money on the utility bill.
Every window treatment idea – from drapery to blinds – offer light control to an extent. In the instance of drapery, this light control is very basic, they either cover your windows or they don’t. They are opened, or they are closed. Meanwhile wood blinds, offer more control.
Wood blinds remain one of the most popular choices when it comes to choosing window treatments for your home. Their traditional look, aesthetic appeal, and light control simply add a feeling of warmth and coziness to the atmosphere of any room and give a natural vibe with a graceful charm.
Photo from Liljencrantz Design
Is your living room big on earthy, natural colors and textures? Or have you swung mostly towards sleek, minimalist pieces? In either case, the Designer Wood Blind collection will likely complement your space and color scheme.
Wood blinds are equally at home in traditional paneled or rustic-style homes and more modern spaces, typically you can’t go wrong. It’ll work well with your richly textured wood or marble coffee table, jute rug, and wicker, and be a great contrast against more polished textures.
Need some more help with window treatment ideas? Give the Alva blog a browse. Whether it’s figuring out how to match window coverings with furniture, how to design like a stylist, or digging deep into the design of our products, there’s lots on the blog to help you narrow down what window treatment is right for you.
Feature Photo by Liljencrantz Design