Window treatments are essential in a bedroom since they add privacy, adjust the lighting, and maintain the temperature in your room. There are many different types of window treatments you can hang up on your windows; to help you decide the best one for your room, here is a list of basic window treatments along with a few examples.
Curtains are the most popular and common window treatment used in homes, especially bedrooms. They come in several different styles, colors, and patterns that offer many options as well as function. Typically, curtains are made of lighter weight fabric and sold in packages containing two panels. They are made to hang from a curtain rod or curtain rings attached to a rod, which is installed just above the window frame. There are many different types and ways to hang and drape curtains; usually they’re hung on a rod through a rod pocket using rings or pleated.
Since curtains often come in many different lengths--to fit basic window measurements--their are several ways to hang up curtains as well as tie-back the panels; some methods include puddling the curtain panel on the floor, basic right or left tie-back, and cascading.
Drapes are similar to curtains--sold in panels of fabric with many different lengths, colors, and patterns—but are normally made of heavier fabric, lined, pleated and hung on a traverse rod with a string so you can easily open and close them. Drapes are more grand and found in formal-type rooms, such as a dining room, parlor, or master bedroom.
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Sheers are typically used with curtains and drapes for added decoration and don’t offer much privacy or shade from the sun. If sheers are used in bedrooms it’s normally used in small bedrooms to add sunlight to make the room appear larger or to add soft, frilly decor in nurseries and little girl’s bedrooms.
Blinds are simple, modern window treatments that are wonderful for bedrooms because they add the privacy needed as well as block out sunlight. Blinds are made from hard materials, such as wood, metal, or vinyl. They have slats or louvers, where these long pieces of hard materials are fitted and then adjusted by strings to monitor the amount of light in the room. Blinds are hung vertically or horizontally and come in many different styles, which include Venetian, mini, and vertical.
Shutters are an old window treatment that is a solid wood door inserted within the window casement or frame on hinges that enables the shutter to be opened to expose the window. They also have small blinds that can be open and shut using a lever to filter the light while they're closed. Shutters are normally made of wood but there are some made of fauxwood, which come in white, black, brown, or many different type of wood finishes.
Shades are another popular choice besides curtains because they regulate the amount of light and offer many beautiful decorative alternatives. Shades are portions of fabric cut to the shape of a window frame, which pulls up-and-down from the top by a string through a pulley-type system or a roll-up sprocket mechanism. Shades are often preferred over blinds because there are many different types of styles and materials, such as bamboo, cellular (translucent), Roman, pleated, solar, motorized, balloon, roller (basic type), and many more.
Valances are decorative top treatments used with drapes, curtains, or shades fpr added decoration and to conceal the mounting hardware. Valances are swathes of fabric draped around the top of a window frame that can be pleated, arched, gathered or flat, straight or shaped, and mounted on dust boards, poles or rods. Due to their dramatic effect, they're normally found in formal rooms, such as master bedrooms, parlors, or dining rooms.
Cornices are sleek hard window treatments that are padded box shapes covered in paint, wallpaper, or fabric and mounted above the window to conceal the mounting hardware. The bottom of a cornice can be shaped and trimmed in many different ways and some opt to have their cornices custom made to match the material of their furniture.
Swags and cascades are another popular top treatment that is very casual and elegant alternative to valances and cornices.
Swags, similar to a valance, are typically draped over a horizontal rod in folds to add some decorative element to the window as well as hide mounting hardware.
Cascades are fabrics that either descends in a zig-zag pattern to the floor or across the top of a window. They can be used underneath or over swags, curtains, or shades.