What is your window style? Your windows are tied to your rooms visually and architecturally. When you decide to add new curtains to any room in your house you should ask yourself how the windows will relate to the space around them. You may want to check out the size of your crown molding and add new molding around your windows if the size is not right to the size of the room.
If your have beautiful crown molding and window trim you may not want to cover the molding up therefore this could determine how heavy of drapes you want to add. If you do not have proper crown molding you may want to learn to install crown molding yourself to keep the cost down. Is your window a fixed window,which cannot be opened. Is it a double hung window which is the most common style of window which just operates up and down. The windows that swing in or out are called casement windows.
You will have to be a little more careful if you have casement windows because the way they swing could influence the kind of window treatments you will want to add. Their are three basic things to take into consideration when choosing your window treatments and we will talk about them below.
1. Insulation Factor Are your windows new or old. If your windows are old then you may be losing a lot of your homes cooling and heating energy. If this is the case you may want to consider adding a heavies fabric to help insulate your home from the elements that may be seeping in around those old windows.If your room faces the east it is going to be exposed to the early morning light. you may want to take this into consideration when choosing your curtain fabric. Wool is durable and hangs in loose folds. it is a good choice for blocking heat,cold and light. the biggest drawback to wool is the fact that it will have to be dry-cleaned. It will likely cost more than most materials but well worth the added cost.
2.Privacy Do you want your window dressing to help your control your privacy or is the room you are using them in used mostly in the daytime. you may want to take this into consideration because at night you can see inside much better when the light are on. You may want to consider walking around on the outside after dark and she how visible the inside of your room is and this may determine the style of curtains you choose. If you want the daytime light in and want to enjoy the view you may want to consider adding lighter curtains and shades, blinds or shutters.
3.Change The Style Of Your Room Are you wanting to change the style of your room or just add more color to an otherwise drab space. Is your room contemporary, country, eclectic or modern. Changing the style of your room can be done with changing the color, patterns or texture of the window treatments.
Cheap home improvement projects can be done that will drastically change the whole look of your room and learning how to install crown molding yourself can save you enough money to start your next project.