Window treatment designs offer you a world of design possibilities and endless opportunities to show off beautiful fabric.
And when sewing window treatments you can tailor almost any kind of dressing to your windows. (If you will be making your own draperies, some sewing room designs and tips may become useful.) Choose a design, fabric and trim that allow you to introduce pattern, color, and texture to your decor.
When choosing window treatment designs think not only of their decorative effects, but of the opportunities to control the amount of light that a room receives.
Live with your windows for a while to learn where the light falls and how you use the room. A beautiful daytime light source can become a cold black space at night.
Windows are a key architectural feature and can have an enormous effect on a room. Some are best left undressed to enhance the shape or to maximize the views and filter in the light.
Always consider the scale of the window and be aware of the effect when choosing a fabric. A small pattern on voluminous curtains will read as a solid, while a grandiose pattern might be confusing on a diminutive shade.
The structure of a fabric's weave, the type and weight of the fiber it is made from and the finish it is given all contributes to its texture.
These characteristics each give fabric it's hand a term used to describe the way some fabric handles or behaves.
Fibers are either natural, like cotton, linen, silk or wool or man-made. Some man made fabrics are made from natural elements, for an example rayon is derived from wool. Decorator fabrics usually use a blend of several fibers.
Cotton and wool are both durable and comes in many weights and finishes.
Rayon and silk add sheen and both including linen take dye well. Fabrics made from rayon often appear luxurious and have intense colors.
Silks have some widely varying characteristics ranging their durability from fragile too strong. Most silks are extremely sensitive to sunlight and can fade, so they need to be lined.
It is always a good idea to obtain a good size sample of any fabric you are considering before you sew window treatments or order custom.
Draperies can be lined or unlined, paired with sheers or hung on their own.
(Here are curtain ideas with pictures to get some ideas.)
Unlined draperies have a loose natural drape and take on a romantic billowy air and can easily be achieved using the techniques of a no sew window treatments, while lined draperies have a firmer structure.
Using a light or transparent layer in the spring and summer lets you open the windows and feel the breeze.
Curtains unadorned by valences or other top treatments offer a clean streamlined look.
Choosing a drapery color in a shade close to that of the walls is a sophisticated way to dress up a room.
Draperies in a solid or understated stripe create a more enduring back round for a room, than a pattern with a showy print.
Fabric draperies also soften a room that is full of hard surfaces like a dining room.
Visit the Fabric Workroom for a complete range of custom and semi custom draperies, designer fabrics and other soft decorating projects.
Woven window treatment designs in various natural fabrics, grasses, reeds, matchstick, and bamboo are very much of today. They are generally more casual than draperies but still suitable in dressy settings.
Blinds, shades and shutters offer tailored solutions to any room. Shutters also contribute a sense of architectural character and are good for reducing noise levels.
All such treatments can be used in conjunction with draperies or teamed with curtains. The blind does the work by keeping the light at an acceptable level while the curtain adds color and texture.
Never under estimate the importance of hardware.
Decorative trims lend polish and panache to window treatment designs.
However there are times when larger or heavier trims are very effective especially as tie backs. Pull your draperies up with a tassel dressed up looks.