When people design a room’s décor, window treatments usually aren’t the main focus. But when it comes to bedroom décor, the type of window treatment you favour can have huge implications on how the room functions. Some people, for example, struggle to sleep when there’s too much light in their room; decorating a room to be both stylish and functional can be a challenge.
With that said, there are plenty of options when it comes to window treatments and they can provide a wonderful complement to your existing décor. The key is finding what style suits you.
Silk Drapes or Curtains
Drapes and curtains are very similar except drapes tend to be made of a heavier material than curtains. This is one reason that drapes are used in the bedroom more than curtains – to prevent too much light from coming in. Heavier silk drapes are often used in bedrooms because they can add a touch of elegance as well as a true focal point to the room. It’s functional as well, considering the drapes can be pulled closed at night to screen out light and opened during the day. You can also dress it up even further with tassels and pull-backs.
Sheers with Opaque Drapes
When you combine sheers and opaque draperies, you get the best of two worlds. Sheers are made of a translucent polyester or gauzy cotton. They can add a bit of privacy during the day and provide an ethereal atmosphere; at night, the opaque draperies in a heavy fabric can provide a heavy curtain to block light from a street lamp and to block noise from traffic.
Shades are very popular throughout the home, and they come in a wide variety of colours and styles. A shade is usually attached to a rod or frame, is made of a material that is cut to fit the window and can be lifted with a pulley. Shades are a great item to get creative with and to add a pop of personality to your room.
Blinds are probably the most common form of window treatment. This type of window treatment is made with slats of plastic, wood, or metal that run either horizontally or vertically. They are often used in the bedroom because they are a cheap way to conveniently provide privacy while also letting sunlight through. There are some truly unique blinds available as well.
Valances, Swags, and Cascades
If you’re the type of person who enjoys a more eclectic design, valances, swags, and cascades are a phenomenal choice. They add decorative fabric to the top of window treatments, adding an ornate personality to your dressings. Depending on the fabric you choose, they can provide much different statements to your room. They can be combined with sheers, drapes, and shades or blinds. Valances can also be made with widely varying fabrics.
There are plenty of combinations available to dress up your bedroom windows – and there truly is no “best” when personal tastes are at the forefront of the argument. With that said, these different styles of window dressings can be changed in color and fabric to suit nearly any taste you might have while also offering an easy convenience to your home.
Alex Briggs is a contributing author for Absolute Home Solutions.