Window Treatment Design

Written by Blaire Chandler-Wilcox
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Window treatments affect not only the interior of a room, but the exterior view of a house as well. People to whom "curb appeal" matters would be wise to consider not only the front appearance of their window treatments, but their backing as well. Well chosen window treatments make homes appear beautiful both within and without.

Yummy on the Inside, Ugly from the Front

Think of a house or apartment building. The lawn is neat, the paint is fresh, the windows and walls are clean. Yet there's something amiss. Quite often this discord is the result of window treatments lacking uniformity. It's a small detail, but it can pack a powerful negative punch. As a result, many realtors recommend that would-be home sellers coordinate the "picture" made by the front of the house. Some apartment leases even require tenants to comply with common-curtain color rules.

See, inside the house, those crisp red shades in the kitchen may look great, that beige blind looks sleek against oatmeal colored walls in the bathroom, the dark teak horizontal blinds convey richness within the living room, and those dark mossy green shutters invite people to relax and take a break in the family den. But from the street, the various backings of all these window treatments lack cohesiveness and look confusing to the eye.

Create Visual Calm

Now, one exception to uniformity is fine, and can have an interesting visual impact. For instance, the rich brown blinds in the living room will have a pleasing punch if all the other window treatments are backed in white. However, in general, it's best to plan uniformity based either on design or color.

For instance, one can select cellular shades for every window, shutters for every window, blinds for every window, or drapes for every window. Even if these shades are selected in different colors, the outside eye "understands" what it sees, and finds it appealing. Or, you can make your impression based on color: white shutters in one window, white backed red curtains in another, and a neat white blind lowered behind the green shutters would neatly tie together all the elements.

The most discriminating select the same window treatment design and color for every room. For instance, all the upstairs windows might feature white double hung shutters, and all the downstairs windows feature white backed drapes. This attention to detail, both within and without, marks a home as being decorated with taste, and increases its impact dramatically.

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