10 Things to Consider When Selecting Window Coverings

  1. Dining RoomThe two most important things to consider when selecting window coverings for your home are function and design.
  2. A well-designed window covering suits not only the window, but also harmonizes with the room. Window treatments should be to scale with the room itself and with its furnishings.
  3. Think about what other interior selections you need to consider when choosing colors, styles and textures.
  4. Ask yourself what feeling or mood you want to create in the room. The mood of a room can be soft and elegant, casual and comfortable, classic and traditional or clean and contemporary.
  5. Also consider the actual architectural style of the window itself.
  6. When selecting colors for windows, think about what effect you want to create. If you want the window to add drama and be a focal point, use contrasting colors to the wall color. On the other hand, if you want to make the room look larger, blend or coordinate the window and wall colors.
  7. If you’re comfortable with color, use it! There are a multitude of color choices.
  8. Neutral colors provide longevity and flexibility. Neutral colors are timeless and allow for the other, more easily replaceable, design elements to change as needed, such as pillows on a sofa, area rugs, paint and accessories.
  9. When considering neutral colors for window coverings, remember you aren’t limited to the classic neutral palette of browns, whites, blacks and grays. Many pastels are considered “colorful neutrals.” Colors such as shell pink, soft peach or a tranquil sea glass green are sophisticated, soft and comfortable, making them a refreshing addition to any room.
  10. The color of window coverings not only plays a role on the interior of a home, but also on the exterior. You want to achieve a consistent look. Be sure to examine the backside of the window coverings so you will know how they look on the outside of your home. Some window coverings offer white backings but others do not. Plus, some communities have covenants against visible window coverings in non-neutral colors.

What’s your favorite way to dress a window?