Common window treatment mistakes
When renovating your modern or traditional home, most people focus on wallpaper, color, fabric, layout, etc. However, an important interior decoration element that is often overlooked is window treatments.
Window treatments or window decorating are coverings used to augment the appeal of your home. It requires making a selection from several types of drapes, blinds, shutters or valances. Apart from adding elegance to your room, window treatments will provide warmth, privacy as well as control the lighting.
However, when shopping for window treatments, you have to make a choice based on your budget, room type, and style preference. Unfortunately, very often, people ignore certain vital aspects and end up choosing treatments that they eventually regret.
To help you get it right the first time, D.P Interiors has compiled a list of common mistakes people make when getting new window treatments.
1. Playing it safe. When deciding a window treatment, a common mistake that people make is that they choose a color combination that agrees with everything and they make decisions on individual pieces instead of as a part of a whole design plan. For example, one will say “we went ahead and purchased a sofa but don’t worry as it is neutral and will go with everything.”
One should turn away from this idea and concentrate on the goal of the room in question: how should it look and function? And more importantly, how should an individual feel while present in that room?
The best thing to do is to allot a particular theme for a given room and cater the window coverings to match the selected theme rather than matching the curtain or sheer blandly with the rest of the room décor.
2. Not lighting the room correctlyDepending on one’s home layout, some rooms may get natural light through windows or through skylights that may be present on the roof. It is possible that there could be excess ceiling lighting and not adequate ambient lamp lighting in living spaces and bedrooms. Light entering, especially from above can create odd shadows and can feel a bit harsh.
It is advisable not to depend solely on natural lighting or ambient lighting to bring out the glamour in one’s window décor. Depending on the time of the day, the light that falls on your window décor will vary, and if there isn’t sufficient ambient light after the sun sets, the window coverings style and its effectiveness will not be very visible.
It is a good idea to light up the four corners of a space via sconces or from floor or wall lamps, without neglecting the center of a room, so the space’s primary purpose can be achieved.
3. Questioning your gut instinct. Most, if not all can relate to this one. The long-term effect of a dodgy client or homeowner usually leads to feeble design decisions that can later end in regret. Clients often make the mistake of not going with their gut feeling. To make things worse, a hired designer can push the potential client in different directions. So, it is helpful to have conviction when making a decision about your space and selecting the right window treatment.
The solution is to train yourself to handle frustrating situations. One may elect to defer the situation to another for their opinion as well or re-visit the decisive moment to another time. The right thing to do is to move on at the moment, and before you realize it, you will have the correct answer without strenuously overthinking it.