Installing new window treatments is a simple and cost-effective way to spruce up a room’s ambiance. However, you do want to give their material careful consideration since they serve a practical purpose as well, from providing shade to enhancing privacy. Here are some tips to help you narrow down your window covering fabric choices.
How to Pick the Right Drape Fabric
1. Mesh With the Existing Decor
Since drapes occupy a large visual area of the room, they should complement the existing design, not stick out. If your sitting room contains chintz or gingham furniture, look for fabrics with a similar vintage, dramatic appeal like suede or velvet. A more casually outfitted room like the kitchen where you often have a quick bite might benefit from light materials like cotton or linen.
2. Look at Function
Depending on which room you’re working on, the window you intend to dress up will have different functional needs. In the bedroom, you’ll likely want thick drapes or blackout curtains to protect your privacy and block out streetlights and noise at night while you’re sleeping. On the other hand, you may want translucent window coverings to allow for more light in the living room or study that looks out at the yard. In the kitchen or bathroom, opt for stain-resistant, washable fabrics.
3. Measure the Windows
The size of the window will play a role in your decision since it will determine how much fabric to install. A bold fabric like damask can look overdone or quaint depending on how large a presence it has in a room. Feel free to get creative with the print and weight of a single bathroom window covering. However, since drapes are rarely the focal points of larger rooms, you’ll likely want to downplay the ones you hang over a row of windows.
Find the right fabric at Window Trends in Kalaheo, HI. Their award-winning team will offer their expert perspective on which window covering will suit your interior design from their wide selection of Hunter Douglas® products, including shutters, blinds, and drapes. Call (808) 332-9844 to schedule a free onsite consultation, and explore their offerings online.