One of the great things about living in our neighborhood are the great views. Window treatments should enhance your home, while maintaining your view. Walking or driving through Seven Hills, Bentwater, Brookstone or any of the other subdivisions in our area and you can see magnificent mountain vistas and right now colorful leaves changing color in the fall. As a homeowner, you probably want privacy when you are inside your home, but you also want to be able to appreciate the outdoors. So making a decision on window treatments becomes overwhelming. And then there is the cost…and course if you’re like me, lots of windows!
Basic Window Coverings
Basic coverings like blinds and shades provide a window covering that offers privacy but can be easily opened to view the outdoors. If you are purchasing a new home, find out if window coverings are included. If you are purchasing a resale, confirm whether the window treatments stay, and if so, which ones.
Before you purchase window treatments, check your HOA documents. It is not unusual for HOAs to require all of the window treatments be the same color to create unity throughout the subdivision. For example: All windows have to have white backed coverings.
Once you have your basic window coverings, you may want more to enhance the decor of your rooms. Understanding the terminology will help you in this process.
There are some inexpensive and creative ways to make custom curtains for your home. Using products like Steam-A-Seam and Wonder Under, along with the fabric you have selected which can be sheets, napkins, or fabric remnants. For a quick view of how easy this is you can watch this video I found on YouTube.
Sometimes all you need to spruce up your windows is a valance to add extra charm to your already existing curtains. You can make your own valance using any type of material. Make a casing at the top of the material and thread it through the curtain rod. Add appliqués, braids, ball fringe or tassels to the bottom to create a unique, but complimentary addition to your existing window coverings. You can even drape scarves over the curtain rod for a unique effect.
If you sew, Pate Meadows offers an assortment of patterns for valance treatments.
Draperies usually offer a more formal look, which is why many people choose to have these custom made. But you can make your own draperies with just a little patience and minimal sewing skills. Here are some websites that offer tutorials:
Pinch Pleated Drapery Panels
Drapery panels with grommets
Creating your own window coverings is only limited by your imagination. By being resourceful, you can have beautiful windows that add beauty and charm to any room in your home without spending a fortune doing it.
- Bob’s Upholstery & Decorating Center
- Decorating Mart
- Fabrics & Fringe
- Town & Country Fabric and Upholstery
- No Sew Drape Shade Curtains
- Make Your Own Tab Top Panels
- No Sew Elegant Window Valance
- Easy No Sew Roman Shades
- No Sew Lined Roman Shades
If you’d like help with your window treatments, you can reach out to a professional like those listed on our directory. And if you are considering selling your home, please let us know. We’d be happy to help you with that.