Installing new window treatments, blinds and shutters is a quick improvement that immediately adds personality to your new home. Settle in by sprucing up your windows.
Providing more privacy than sheers, curtain panels are solid pieces of fabric that hang from wall-mounted rods or clips. They're a great option for media rooms, bedrooms or any room that you want to block light and enjoy complete privacy.
Choose the right curtains:
Choose from rod-pocket, grommet, back-tab or tab-top drapery panels to get a look that works with your decor.
|Rod-Pocket Panels||The most common type of curtain, rod pocket drapes have a sleeve that runs across the top of the panel for the drapery rod to slide through. Many have two pockets at the top. Feed the drapery rod through the lower one to create a ruffle-top drapery panel. Feed the drapery rod through the top pocket for a clean look and to add extra length.|
|Grommet Panels||These drapery panels have metal rings stamped along the top of the curtain for the curtain rod to feed through. Coordinate the grommet finish with the finish of the drapery rod.|
|Back-Tab Panels||These drapery panels have hidden tabs on the back of the curtain that allow you to slightly bunch your curtains for a pleated look.|
|Tab-Top Panels||These drapery panels have individual tabs of fabric that the drapery rod feeds through so the rod is exposed.|
Sheers are wispy panels of semi-transparent fabric that soften views and provide moderate privacy. They look best in living rooms, dining rooms and bedrooms. Sheers should be layered with other window treatments if privacy is a concern.
Choose the right sheers:
Drapery Rod – Drapery rods come in both single and double. Use a double rod to hang sheers on the lower rod and drapery panels on the upper rod.
Clips and Rings – Use these if you don’t want the curtains to hang directly on the drapery rod, or if you need added length.
Holdbacks – These allow you to draw curtains away from the window and let light in, or to create a formal look. Mount holdbacks beyond the edge of the window frame. Holdbacks look good in a formal dining room or living room.
Popular drapery hardware finishes include:
Finials are the end caps of a drapery rod. The finial prevents the curtain from sliding off the drapery rod, and also provides an element of style. Popular drapery finials include:
Strings and hardware, for easy adjustment, connect these thin strips of plastic, wood or metal. They look best on narrow windows in bedrooms, kitchens and workrooms.
Choose the right blinds:
These bolts of vinyl or fabric mount to the top of window frames and unroll manually. They work well on narrow windows in just about any room.
Choose the right roller shades:
These tailored panels of fabric or natural material mount to the inside or top of window frames and bunch up accordion-style when you pull a cord. They work well in any room and window width.
Choose the right Roman shades:
Cellular shades, sometimes called honeycomb shades, have a design that provides insulation to your windows in addition to improving privacy
Choose the right cellular shades:
Shutters aren't just for covering the exterior of your windows. They can also add beauty and charm to the inside of your home. These small wood or plastic doors, mounted on each side of the window frame, feature hinges and adjustable slats to allow for varying degrees of light and privacy. Shutters look great in kitchens, family room, bathrooms and workrooms.
To give your windows extra flair, cap them off with top treatments. They look fantastic in any room you want to add a stylish touch to, such as the kitchen, living room, dining room and bedroom.
A valance is a narrow strip of fabric that runs along the top width of a window.
Window film is an option that requires no hardware to install. Depending upon the type, window film can be used: