Include Curtains when Interior Decorating

Saturday, December 09, 2006

Think of drapes as the finishing touch to any room in your home. A decorated room seems incomplete without them. The right ones can bring a room together, as well as set the mood.

Some questions to ask yourself while shopping for window coverings include:

1) What rooms am I buying for?

2) What are my goals? (To match bedding, cheaply maintain privacy, complete an interior decorating project, etc,)

3) What is my budget?

You can better plan for the perfect window treatments if you know the answer to these questions. If you're shopping for a child's room, you'll look for something completely different than if you're searching for something to complete the look of a formal dining room. If you're just looking to cover a window to keep out light or neighbors' prying eyes, you'll choose differently than if you'd like to make a statement in your formal living room. If you're on a tight budget, you might find yourself choosing a less-expensive covering, thereby changing the entire look and feel of the room.

Depending on your goals, you'll find light cotton to heavy damask fringed materials and everything in between. You can select solid colors, or fabrics with cartoon characters on them. The point is, the color, texture, print and style of the material bring character and personality to a room.

With such a wide selection of window covering options available, you should be able to find a few to fit your needs. If you don't, and you're feeling ambitious, you can make your own. This way, you get exactly what you want. This is also a reasonable choice when you have window sizes that are not standard. Or you might have bedding you just love, but it's been discontinued but you want to match your window treatments to it. Or if you're interested in a unique curtain design you can't find in the stores. Fabric stores carry miles of materials to make your own window coverings that reflect your own personal style. Even better, you can find patterns, ideas and general information in-store to help you. You don't even have to be a pro to complete a project like this.

Whether you choose store-bought covering or those of your own creation, you can be sure that whatever you hang on your windows will have your signature on it.

About the Author:

The magazine writer George Davidsberg is particularly passionate about things associated with curtain design and interior decorating. Sharing his passion in reports such as , the columnist established his capability on problems related to drapes.

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