Using Fabric Window Coverings
When decorating one’s home, the easiest way to bring out a desired mood or theme for a room is by using window dressings. Depending on the feeling one wishes to bring to the room, there is a fabric available to help bring that mood alive. With the abundance of curtain fabric available, one usually has no difficulty in finding the perfect treatment.
Depending how it is going to be used on one’s windows, some fabric works better than others depending on different situations. For instance, sheer curtain material is lightweight, allowing outside light to enter the room, while allowing for a bit of privacy. This type of material can be used in many different ways. Sometimes it is used with other full-length curtain panels, allowing the light in during the day, but also allowing for privacy by closing the drapes when necessary. Textiles like velvet work well with sheer draperies. Lace works well with an antique type decor, while sheer cotton can be used for many different styles.
For those who wish to use window coverings in their kitchen, lightweight or sheer cotton and lace are good choices. Many kitchens need more light, and by using these sheer fabrics, light will be increased while preserving privacy. Lightweight panels also work well when used in layers with heavier fabric, depending on the look one is attempting to give to the room. Although lace is very elegant, it may not be the best for use in a bedroom unless it is layered with another fabric for privacy.
Patterned material can be a lot of fun to work with. There are many different styles of fabric prints. They can be floral, striped, plaid, or even have whimsical patterns for use in a child’s room. These materials can work well in most every room in one’s house, from bathroom to dining room and any other rooms in between.
Medium weight and heavy curtain window panels, such as cotton, canvas, velvet or tweed, can serve two purposes. As with other curtains, the room in which one uses these drapes will determine the color, pattern etc. However, in addition to being a focal point in the room, these heavier window treatments can help to insulate the home in the winter, keeping the warmth in, as well as keeping it cool in the summer.
When choosing a window fabric, one must first know the feeling they want in a room, and the kind of decor they will be using. After that, their choice of window covering material is almost endless. No matter what is used, the homeowner may want to experiment with different types and styles of material to create a room that is uniquely his or hers, something that they can enjoy for many years to come.