Decorating is a fun way to bring your personality into each room of your home. There are so many options, and one that really shines is window treatments.
Window treatments and accessories add character and practicality to your home. With just a few tweaks, your windows can go from plain, to exciting and sophisticated.
Whether you replace the actual window or simply add décor, it is important to consider what your needs are for the particular area of your home, as well as your personal style.
These tips will help you craft the perfect window display.
Install window boxes
A simple decoration to add, window boxes enhance the look of your home for neighbors, visitors or anyone passing by, and are a beautiful sight to see anytime you look outside.
“Window boxes offer a fast, easy way to bring color and charm to your home's curb appeal," according to Better Homes and Gardens. "Choose boxes made from copper or iron for a traditional look, or painted wood for a cottage feel. Mix and match flowers and plants to suit your lighting conditions and color scheme."
Hang sheer curtains
If you love natural light — who doesn't? — but still want privacy, install sheer curtains. They can stand alone or be paired with solid curtains to create a layered look that will continue to give privacy as the day grows darker.
“Simple sheers are truly timeless and can work with modern or traditional looks, and anything in between,” according to Houzz. “Because they allow light and shapes to filter through, they work extremely well as a wall-to-wall treatment, creating a continuous backdrop that anchors a room without completely hiding architectural features.”
Replace old windows
When your windows aren’t helping to keep your house warm in winter and cool in summer, it's time to look at replacements. Additionally, windows that look worn out make the whole house look rundown.
For example, if energy efficiency is a priority, consider the Artisan Series from AMSCO Windows or opt for contemporary replacement windows such as the Restoration or Studio Series. Considering the many features available will lead you to windows that will look beautiful and serve you well.
Make windows look larger
To make a window look grand, you can hang bamboo blinds or Roman shades above the window, just a few inches below the ceiling, to make the window look taller and grander than it is alone, according to Young House Love.
A curtain rod on the same level as the blinds, extended 18 inches wider than the window on each side creates a wide look and makes it so curtains don't block any light from the windows.
“When in doubt, go high and wide — it’ll make your ceilings feel taller, your room feel brighter, and your windows look HUGE!” Young House Love says.
Trust your style
When you pick curtains and blinds, keep in mind both your personal style and what decorating goals you have in the short and long term. Many people keep window treatments for a long time so, if you want yours to look beautiful for years to come, buy treatments that you love or that are neutral enough to go with different paint colors and furniture styles.
“Curtains give presence to a room, helping set the mood from casual and easy to bold and dramatic,” according to Crate & Barrel.
Because of their importance to a room, don't be afraid to ask a professional for advice about what windows and treatments would work in your home. AMSCO Windows stays on the cutting edge of the industry and can help you find stylish windows that will last.