As a primer to start home owners thinking about window treatments, here’s a series of questions that Trend interior designer Shawna Rye and interior décor consultant Kay Johnston often ask their clients:
1. What kind of window design are you seeking?
The “type” of design you decide on—whether it’s hard shutters paired with soothing fabrics and panels, or luxurious draperies versus geometric blinds—will give us (Trend staff) a solid direction on a window design that’s perfectly suited for you.
2. Are you looking for window treatments that will reinforce the period style of a room?
Do your rooms reflect classical, traditional or modern settings—with clean geometric lines? Are the furnishings and upholstery bright and floral, or textured with square lines and neutral? Try to observe other interior elements in your room in order to determine the best fit for the best window treatment.
3. Would you prefer to brighten or subdue your room?
Ask yourself if the room needs dimmer or brighter light during certain times of the day. If it’s your bedroom, you may prefer the sunlight to stream through in the morning instead of providing a darkening effect, for instance. If it’s a kitchen, you may prefer a light colored sheet fabric over a sliding door to brighten the space, versus a treatment with a heavier, richer hued fabric.
4. Do you prefer colorful patterns or solids?
Once you determine your window treatment needs in relation to the rest of your room, you’ll need to then consider the details of the treatment itself. What colors would you prefer on the window, and what type of fabric prints can you coordinate if you prefer a layered window treatment effect?
5. Are you seeking long-lasting fabrics that are easy to care for, or do you prefer natural fabrics that have less shelf life?
Fabric preference has a lot do with how long you want the window treatment to hang in the window, as well as how much you’re willing to spend on the fabrics, and how you choose to maintain and care for them. ADO fabrics are polyester, which means they’re guaranteed not to shrink, stretch or fade and are machine washable. Other natural fibers like silk, hemp and velvet, while beautiful, cannot last as long in a window.
6. What’s your budget?
Customized window treatments can be quite affordable, especially when taking into consideration fabric guarantees, washability and re-usability. Ask us about ADOfabric window treatment options and learn all about the affordable, beautiful solutions you can put on your windows.