Mireille Felicia. Curtains. January 19th , 2017.
Blinds are commonly found in businesses and most commercial based properties. Blinds are known to look a little more professional and lower maintenance compared to curtains. Curtains can often be a lot of money, whereas blinds tend to be more affordable, which wont have the same royal appearance as curtains, but are completely customisable like curtains. Blinds can add the same dcor affect to your home, but your window treatments will no longer be the focal point, rather than subtly blends into your home. Available in a host of different colours, shapes, materials and styles, it is important to get the right choice for your window blinds.
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... For a Fabulous Foyer Your foyer should be presented in the most inviting manner possible and what better way to do so, than your curtains! Curtains play the perfect hosts in lending a feel of comfort and adding a touch of classy oomph to the decor. To start with, choose the base fabric, keeping the weave in mind. The weave has to be tightly packed, and must have the ability to retain the patches designed onto it. A type of fabric that would add credibility to this idea would be cotton. It is not susceptible to a wash and shrivel up cycle. Your fabric should be design/pattern-free, in order to let your designs utilizing applique techniques stand out. Playing with colors in the right fashion is the mantra. What theme does your foyer follow; traditional or contemporary? Accordingly, make choices for the patterns you choose. You could use subtle yet, classy hued curtain fabrics with laces or sashes stitched at their extreme ends. Choose floral in fuschia or have a landscape design, and use lighter shades of earthy colors, such as brown, green, yellow and blue. Your applique pattern may also mimic a starry night considering shades of silver, white and black. When I say black, I mean soothing black and not a smothering one. A grayish-black shade would be suitable. If you have a budding artist within you, why not manufacture murals. It is when you draw the curtains, that you would notice the design formation. A historical chapter could also be traced on the curtains. It does need a good amount of work, but after all, what you sow, so shall you reap! Use of zig-zag strips that match well with the decor and theme of the room could also serve to be one amongst the best bet for applique designs. ... For a Credible Bedroom If you have a traditional theme throughout, why not add a classic vintage pattern to your bedroom curtain. Whites do justice to the bedroom, especially for couples who have romance rooted in every corner of the house. Choose vintage whites as the background and stitch heart and floral cut-outs. The stars in your eyes when you behold the sight of your beloved could alight the curtain fabric as well. This combination is best suited when the walls are draped with shades of white or blue. Concentrate on having lighter hues rather than those that have the potential to blind you! The children's room could have their favorite cartoon characters traced or they could have little Christmas stockings patched on the curtains. If your child loves to bend it like Beckham, why not have soccer as his drape theme! The stars and the sun-shaped applique pattern is another common yet popular idea. An innovative way to decorate your child's room is to have curtains with their hand prints. All you need to do is to trace the outline of their palm on a parchment paper and stick it on the material you are to make an applique with. After you are done, you could peel the appliqued fabric and hand stitch it. Creating patterns in shape of alphabets and numbers could also serve to be a playful idea to apply. ... For a Breathtaking Bathroom Now, for a shower curtain that caresses the senses, you need to choose nothing but fabric and mind you, not plastic, for it would prove to be a mission impossible scenario where you would fail miserably to stitch the applique. Curtains for your shower stall may feature aquatically inclined patterns. You may have dolphin-shaped patterns with soft blue waves to define the ebb and flow of the ocean. You may also have curtains with prints devoted to greens, with shapes, for instance, butterflies and birds taking a flight. You may choose to trace them out and stitch-on applique's for a few of them. This would provide a 3-D effect while the others are 2-dimensional. Applique patterns stitched over the curtains work best when you are keen to add dimensions and demeanor to your spaces. These were just some ideas that you could ponder upon; however, I suggest, don't switch off the lights in your upper story! Keep the bulb burning to come up with more rollicking ideas and share them with me. I am waiting! If you have a house with a patio or a deck, then the possibility that a sliding door opens into it is huge. Sliding doors are exterior doors with large glass panels that open by sliding along a track, rather than swinging open on a hinge. Sliding glass doors not only are an efficient method of letting air and light into the room, but they also look aesthetically pleasing. In order to cover sliding doors and to shield the house from sunlight, there are two options that you could use; one being blinds and the other option being drapes. While in most commercial spaces you may notice the use of blinds, most homeowners prefer the use of drapes. Finding the right type of drapes to suit your sliding doors can be a bit of an issue for some people. Here we tell you the different options available for you, so that you can accentuate the beauty of your patio or deck. By using sliding glass doors that take up minimal space, you are getting rid of the apparent barrier between indoors and outdoors. This creates an illusion that the room is larger, more open, and airier. It also provides natural lighting and gives you a gorgeous view of the patio, deck, or yard. Another important advantage is that drapes and curtains can help conserve energy by creating a heat barrier over the glass which will help you reduce the energy used for heating and cooling your house. While choosing drapes for the sliding doors in your house, there are a couple of important things that you need to take into consideration. One of the most important things to be thought about is the amount of sunlight you want entering the room in which the sliding doors are located. If you want the light to illuminate the room in the morning, then choose curtains of the sheer variety. In areas where the amount of light streaming in is not much, it may be a good idea that you use only sheer cur Of course, with such curtains the requirement for privacy becomes slightly secondary. Choosing the right colors for the curtain is also important. Try and alternate the color schemes. Do not go in for a large area shielded by dark curtains as this could tone down your room a tad much and make it seem uninviting. If the room is predominantly white, then ensure that your curtains have some color in them, or again the furnishings may work against the beauty of the room. If however you are looking for something that will give you more privacy then choose thicker curtains that will ensure that your house is secure from prying eyes. It may be a good idea to have a dual set of curtains, with a set of sheer curtains to allow you the warmth and light of the morning sun and a darker colored, thicker set of curtains to block out light in the evenings. The drapes and curtains that you use for your sliding doors are a huge part of your interior decorating scheme. Using the right furnishings can be extremely important and they can add a lot of character to your house. Ideally while choosing curtains, take into account the dcor of the rest of the room. If your room is traditionally decorated, then it may be a great idea to look for curtains that have traditional prints like flowers or paisleys on them. In a traditional setting, you can choose to put up curtains with valances for window treatments. This decorative framework imparts an added elegance to the room. With more modern rooms, it may be appropriate to opt for curtains that have a non-traditional look to them. Use solid colors in bright contrast or even curtains that have geometric or abstract prints on them. Such curtains immediately boost the appearance of the room and add to the look that you are working towards. Of course, the manner in which the curtain is draped makes a huge difference to create the right effect. As mentioned earlier, luxurious valances make for an excellent addition to a traditional room and free-flowing sheer curtains interspersed with thicker curtains can add to a room designed in a more contemporary fashion. At the end of the day that remains a personal choice.- Another option that can be aesthetically pleasing in a modern room would be to opt for fabric blinds. The effect is similar to the one created with vertical blinds but the use of fabrics makes the entire look much less commercial and much prettier to look at. Fabric blinds are a great way of ensuring enough privacy for your home.- Fabric blinds also make for the ideal option in order to maintain temperature in the room or to block out the light that is filtering in. If you want an added aesthetic element, you can combine fabric blinds with regular curtains for a doubled look. In such a case, use sheer curtains, so that the distinction between the two variants you are using is more apparent. Also with such a design and draping solution, you can add more color to the room. While picking out curtains, also ensure that you pay attention to the fabric you are choosing. Maintaining curtains can take a lot of effort. It is much easier to maintain cotton curtains when compared to silk curtains. Curtains that have gathered dust and are dirty are an eyesore and take away from the aesthetics and beauty of the room. With the ideas and options given in this article, you can definitely create some great looks for the sliding glass doors in your house. There are drapes and curtains that are available to suit every budget. So choose a style you like and make your entry to your deck or patio even more gorgeous. Sliding glass doors offer a great alternative to the regular ones. With frames which come in various materials like wood, metal, aluminum with anodized or powder coating, glass sliding doors look extremely classy. They don't block the view or light, and make rooms appear much larger. No matter whether sliding doors are installed between two rooms or at the entrance for patios or porch, they add ultimate character to your house. Installing curtains is the best window treatment for sliding glass door. Curtains for sliding glass doors come in number of varieties and designs. Sliding glass doors definitely call for full length curtains. Well, an idea is to add floor to ceiling curtains that can make your room appear taller. You can have two or three sections of curtains depending upon the width of the door. Having the curtain rod to extend outside the door is a good idea to have a clean look when curtains are kept gathered at the ends. This will ensure that, most part of the curtains stays on the side walls, not blocking the sliding doors, when kept gathered. Double curtains are a smart choice for wide sliding doors. Choose a simple plain fabric or a beautiful printed curtain fabric. Soft colors or vibrant shades, it's all about your choice while picking the colors. Large prints look best for curtains for sliding glass doors that cover a wider area. Opt for pleated curtains or the regular ones. Double curtains are a big hit while dressing up sliding glass doors. Pair white sheers with plain opaque curtains or colored sheers with dark-colored opaque curtains. Make sure that you coordinate the color of sheers and curtains in this case. You can also grab printed drapes and pair them with plain sheers of the same shade. Another idea is to have printed or plain drapes added on plain fabric roman blinds. Roman blinds for sliding glass doors in textured fabric look extremely attractive. Add valence to the curtains to spice up their appearance. An amazing valance idea is to have the designer valances in attractive color and shiny fabric added to highlight the entire door which is graced with plain curtains. Rich tie back ropes used to hold the curtains in place when gathered make another essential curtain decor. There are a number of options available in tie back ropes. You can also use strip of lace fabric, stain fabric or the same fabric of curtains to hold them in place. If you are wondering how to measure curtains for sliding glass doors, let me tell that calling a professional is the best option. Also, get the curtain rods fixed from a professional to ensure that the walls are not damaged. Curtains for sliding doors can revamp the look of that plain glass. So, ready to spice up the doors? Curtains serve many purposes in the house. They help control the amount of light coming in. They help create an ambiance, based on the color you choose and the fabric you use. Light colored curtains can make a small room look bigger and more spacious, while dark ones can make you feel warm and cozy even in a big room. You are going to spend different times of the day doing all sorts of activities in different rooms of the house. Hence, the points to keep in mind while doing curtains of each of the rooms would be different. The amount of light streaming into a room should be your top-most consideration while buying curtains for that room. A brightly lit window means your curtains are going to be subject to direct sunlight for quite some time of the day. Hence the fabric cannot be too delicate, or else it would be worn out because of the sun. The fabric has to stand the heat. If the window in question is rather brightly lit, you would also have to choose a fabric that is thick and in a dark color. At the same time, the color of the curtain should not be so dark that it will fade because of the strong light streaming in through the window. If your window has bars, they would create a pattern on your curtain as the color fades! Now a dark color does not mean one that will totally block the light out (unless, of course, you prefer it that way). Go for a color that will still allow some light to stream in. The size matters because sometimes certain curtain patterns or colors may not look good on too big or too small windows. A huge floor-to-ceiling french window does not look good adorned with a lace curtain. Though this is only a personal opinion. If the french window is located in a room in the house where too much of direct sunlight does not reach, lace curtains could in fact add the surprise factor to your room and make it appear more interesting and unique. At the same time, a small bay window calls for light colored, light-weight, floating curtains rather than heavy and heavy-colored drapes. The size of your window will also determine the cost of the curtain! This may be quite an important factor if you are going in for an expensive material. However, if you are willing to splurge, this is hardly a matter of concern. The living room should have a cheerful and welcoming feel to it. It should be airy, and should have enough light streaming in through the windows to NOT let it look gloomy or dull even on a rainy day. This is for the simple reason that you are going to spend quite some time in the living room, and you do not want to be in a place that makes you feel low while watching a sad movie, for example - you would be ultra depressed by the end! Also the living room is where you are going to welcome your guests into. Hence it should feel right. Spend a little extra time and thought on picking curtains and drapes for your living room. If you have a big french window in the living room (thou I envy the most!), it would be a good idea to use layered curtains. You can have a tri-layered curtain - the outer most layer (right next to the window) can be of a simple plain light colored cloth, the middle one can be a lace curtain, and the inner one can be a thick drape. That way you are prepared for every season! The bedroom curtains have to be chosen with great care. They should create an ambiance conducive to sleeping. Avoid using too dark a color while making curtains for your bedroom. They will make you feel closed in and a tad claustrophobic. If instead, you like the cozy and warm ambiance that dark-colored curtain create, go ahead! However, make sure you use the brighter shades of colors rather than the dull ones. If you are going to use lace curtains, make sure you get them on the window that does NOT invade on your privacy - you do not want any peeping Toms! If you have a bay window in your bedroom, it would be the perfect place to have lace curtains fit. Go graphic! Tom and Jerry, Duck Tales, Looney Tunes, Cinderella, Pinocchio, Snow White - get them all on the curtains! This is a much better and convenient alternative to getting the walls in your kids' rooms painted with cartoon curtain. Why? Well, your kid is going to grow up and out of the "I love Barbie" and "I want Batman" phase someday, isn't it? Imagine having to re-do the entire room when that happens...! If the cartoons are on the curtains - or even the bed spreads, for that matter - they are going to be a lot easier to change. Also go for durable materials. Avoid delicate curtains. Kids are going to play, throw things around; every play toy that hits the curtain should only hit the curtain and not take a blow at your heart! The kitchen is a place where you do not want anything coming in your way as you go about preparing breakfast and packing lunch for everybody in the morning. Make sure you select the right material while making drapes in the kitchen. I would personally suggest you go for blinds rather than curtains in the kitchen. They are easy to clean, and will not stain if you or the kids drop anything or spill anything onto them accidentally. The kitchen is also a place where there is going to be fire. Blinds are a much better option when you consider this. A kitchen curtain catching fire is the last thing you want! Sometimes you might want to segregate a part of the room from the rest of your room. Like you may want to have a dedicated reading corner or a mini-library in the living room, or you may want to have a separate sanctum as your study in the bedroom. Beady curtains are the answer to this question! They look charming and add an interesting element to the room. They can make too structured a room look a little casual. They also help you create a divide without seeming rude or impolite. Beaded curtains can look nice in doorways too, and can serve the purpose of a door or a segregation in a room. Think about it! The Material - Cotton, synthetic fiber, velvet, lace, oh my God! There is SO much to choose from! Think cost, durability, design, fall and texture while choosing the material for your curtains. Let it not be something that will catch too much dust, neither something that will blow and touch the ceiling as soon as you open the window! The Design - As the day progresses and the sun gets brighter and brighter, the design on your curtain is going to throw shadows inside the room. We often do not consider this, and then are quite upset when the beautiful design suddenly makes your room look in fact ugly. Take a moment and think. Theme-based Curtains - If you have decorated your room keeping a theme in mind (for example, tints and shades of green; or warm colors, etc.) make sure you pick curtains that go with this general theme. If however, you fail to find such curtains, you can simply opt for white, off-white or cream colored curtains - they usually blend in with any kind of colors. The drapes you use to decorate and embellish the rooms of your house can dramatically change the look and feel of the room - use this to your advantage while selecting curtains, rather than falling prey to a failed choice with respect to this very fact. Do not hurry or rush into a choice. Even if you really like something in an instant, the very moment you set eyes upon it, take the time to look at all your options - you might just find something better. I guess with that, you are fairly sorted and ready to go shopping! All the best! Bay windows are beautiful architectural home decorating features, which add an exotic look to the room. They enhance natural light, and add depth to a room. Besides looking great, they also require very little maintenance and window treatment. If you are lucky enough to have bay windows in your home, you may face difficulty getting curtain ideas to decorate the already great looking windows. But it does not have to be challenging. Though it is obvious that ordinary curtains and rods do not work for curved bay windows, there are plenty of options to choose from. The curtains you choose for bay windows should accentuate the natural beauty of the bay windows. You do not want curtains that hide the windows. It is usually difficult to come up with ideas for bay window curtains, because of the unique shape of the bay windows. Though the number of windows vary, generally bay windows are three side by side windows in a semicircular formation. Also, bay windows usually accentuate a cushioned bench or a cozy nook. When you have bay windows at home, you definitely want curtains for bay windows that allow you to enjoy the beautiful view you have outside, along with complimenting the room and the window itself. If you are looking for a more traditional look, then the best option is to use drapes. There are a multitude of choices in drapes. One option is using sheer curtains which allow the natural light to stream in while still providing privacy. Another option is using solid decorative window panels or embroidered drapery fabric along with sheer drapes. This gives the bay window a versatile and elegant look. Here, you have the option of pulling the sheer close if you want a bright room, while leaving the decorative panel as it is, or you can pull both, the sheer and the decorative panel, to block out all the light and really create a dramatic look. Roman shades are one of the most classic choices for curtains. As roman shades are made out of fabric, they look very beautiful. Besides looking good, they also keep the bay window tidy and uncluttered. Also, if you have a creative streak, then you can even learn how to make roman shades at home. If you have a beautiful colorful garden view, then keep the color of the roman shades simple. But if you have a black and white city view, then you can use colorful patterns and textures for the window blinds. With blinds, you have the option of drawing your blinds for privacy or rolling them up to look at the great view you have. If you want to further enhance the look of the bay windows, then adding valences to the blinds is a great option. If you have a cottage style home with a rustic theme, then shutters happen to be the best option for you. Window shutters are a great way of adding texture and charm to the room, while still enjoying natural light. They are also very practical, as they require less maintenance and not much window cleaning hassles. You can even paint the shutters in bright colors for continuing the rustic look. You can also use shutters in a modern decor by using bold metal shutters in place of painted rustic shutters. Though at first finding curtain ideas for bay windows can seem challenging, just by using your creativity, you can come up with options for curtains for bay windows that will suit your room decor and style. No matter what your decor is, whether modern or rustic, or a Victorian style decor there are lots of options available. A bay window actually consists of three windows, which are joined together to form one large window. The windows are set at angles and they can either form a square or a polygon. If one has to survey the bay windows, it will be noticed, that the inside corners of the bay window have 90, 135 and 150 degree angles or they may be set at 30 or 45 degree angles. The bay window is the protruding part of a house, which is very commonly seen in Victorian architecture. The bay windows allow a lot of fresh air and light into the house. The biggest advantage of bay windows is that these windows make your house look bigger and spacious. If you do not have a balcony for your house, you can use the bay window area as a relaxing area to read, have a cup of coffee or just to look out of the house. There is a misconception, that bay windows are only a part of the living room. However, this is far from true, as they can also be seen in kitchen as well as the bedrooms. The beauty of these bay windows can be enhanced more with the use of curtains. Curtains for bay windows make the house more attractive and appealing. At the same time, they ensure you have the much-needed privacy. Bay windows design plans are normally unique, therefore, finding the right window curtains can pose a tedious task. There are a number of options for curtains from which you can choose, however it is often difficult to come to a conclusion whether the curtains for bay windows will enhance the look of the window or not. Hence, people always face the problem of, how to make curtains for bay windows. This is because bay window curtains should be in sync with the rest of the room. Bay windows design plans are normally unique, therefore, finding the right window curtains can pose a tedious task. There are a number of options for curtains from which you can choose, however it is often difficult to come to a conclusion whether the curtains for bay windows will enhance the look of the window or not. Hence, people always face the problem of, how to make curtains for bay windows. This is because bay window curtains should be in sync with the rest of the room. You can decorate the bay window by using different types of rods. Although it is commonly seen, that people pay little or no attention to the curtain rods. Elegant and decorative curtain rods will no doubt add to the beauty of the curtains. There are decorative curtain rods for bay windows which are now available as well. If you use decorative curtain rods, you might not have to use valances. At the same time, there is one point which you will have to take into consideration. You will need curtain rods, which can bend in two places and go across the entire breadth of the window. However, if you are not able to lay your hands on the folding curtain rods, then you can choose to make use of two small rods and one long rod. Bay windows design plans are normally unique, therefore, finding the right window curtains can pose a tedious task. There are a number of options for curtains from which you can choose, however it is often difficult to come to a conclusion whether the curtains for bay windows will enhance the look of the window or not. Hence, people always face the problem of, how to make curtains for bay windows. This is because bay window curtains should be in sync with the rest of the room. One can decide to make curtains in different lengths for the windows. One of the option is to divide the length of the curtains and make two different curtains. The second option is to make use of floor length curtains. The advantage of using floor length curtains is, that, when you can draw them away from the window to the sides, and you can enjoy the entire length of the bay window. This may not be possible if you make use of two different curtains, as you will have to draw two curtains away to enjoy sitting in the bay window. However, if you have your radiator located on the lower portion of the window, then using shorter curtains is the right option for you. There are also rod pocket curtains which can be used to complement the bay window area. A huge variety of colors and patterns are available in these rod pocket curtains. You can install valances along with drapes as well. This is just another way of decorating the bay window. The drapes can be hung on the outsides and the valances can be used in between the drapes. The combination of valances and drapes will render a very tasteful look to your bay window. Choosing the right color for the drapes is of extreme importance as well. One of the bay window decorating tips is to opt for lighter color, where privacy is not an issue. This will ensure you get as much of sunlight as possible. On the same lines opt for lighter color, where there is not much of light. Different types of curtain fabrics dress the room differently. Each one of us wants unique curtains not just to dress our room but also to maintain our privacy. Depending on the dcor of the room along with the color scheme, you can choose the right curtain for the bay window. The different fabrics from which you can choose include: chenille, cotton (long-lasting and good to keep the sun at bay), jacquard, linen, bamboo (to lend a natural look to the bay window), satin, sheer (if the window opens into a garden), silk (my personal favorite), velvet, voile, muslin (for the cozy feel), challis, brocade (for the dressy look), damask, lace, net, organdy, organza and tissue (my favorite along with silk). For decorating the room no doubt is the fabric of the curtain important, but the pattern used to stitch is the curtains is equally, if not more, important. Depending on the room in which the bay window is located, you can choose a pattern. Half length curtains have come back in vogue and if you want to let some sunlight into the room, then it is the opt pattern for you. Alternately, the curtains can also be stitched in blind format using a stiffer fabric like cotton. When finding bay window curtains becomes difficult, it is the best time to let your imagination flow. I have always observed this, when I try to think out of the box, I come up with ideas, which not only look good, but at the same time they save me a lot of money as well. You can think of hanging a stationary panel in between the bay window, provided there is plenty of space available. On this panel, you can probably hang a photo frame of your loved ones. Take a deep breath and start decorating your bay window! Measure your draperies so that they extend from the floor to the ceiling. Match their color to the wall color. Install the curtain rod nearly in the same plane with the ceiling. A heading is nothing but the piece of curtain that attaches to the rod or track. One look at the heading is enough to tell you that not every curtain looks and falls the same. You can say that the heading is what gives volume to the curtain as it not only reduces the width of the curtain, but also incorporates pleats and other styles that enhance the look of the curtain and the room.
Brackets are used to hold decorative rods on the wall. They come in every imaginable color, material, style... You won't have trouble finding a pair to fit your room.
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