Remember the good old days when you would go over to Grandma's house and everywhere you look you would see one of two things going on. Either her window treatments were loud and gaudy and horrid or they were plain white as the driven snow. There was no in-between.
Thank goodness window treatments have come a long way since then. Today, window treatments say as much about your personality and the vibe you want to create as your hairstyle or the clothes you wear. Choosing window treatments has become just as important as choosing furniture or major appliances.
This being said, it's also important to note that back in Grandma's day she also had maybe two fabric choices. Wealthy people chose one and middle class chose the other. That was pretty much it. Today, not only do we have various affordable styles for everyone to choose from but advancements in the textile industry have given way to new fabric blends and materials that Grandma never could have dreamed up. It's a great time to be alive, folks!
The textile manufacturers aren't the only ones having fun creating new fabrics for window treatments; interior decorators have also been busy finding unique ways to incorporate what was traditionally reserved for windows into other parts of the home. This article will focus on how you can add depth, beauty, and function to your home with fabulously draped fabrics.
Living in the North West, particularly Snohomish County, we experience pretty much every type of weather imaginable. From the bright sunshine of summer to the rain and sometimes snow in the winter, it's important to be able to control how the outside elements affect the inside of your home. Too much sun coming through the windows can overheat your home while the cold winds of winter can add a chill to the air. Fabrics draped in the right way in just the right space can help alleviate these issues while making your home look chic and incredible.
If you have a deck and love spending a little time in the natural surroundings that Washington state have to offer, consider choosing an outdoor-friendly fabric and adding drapes to a portion of your deck. If you choose a heavier fabric, these drapes would be perfect for blocking chilly winds, keeping your favorite nook cozy and warm. Drapes used in this way also add a personal touch to a part of the house that can sometimes be forgotten when it comes to decor.
The great thing about drapes is that there are so many different styles and fabrics to choose from. Take the same deck we mentioned earlier, only change the drapes out to something a little lighter like a gauze-type fabric. Now you have an area that is perfect for entertaining in the summer time. The lighter fabric helps keep pesky insects from invading but allows a gentle breeze through to cool your guests. If you wanted to go all out, add a few strings of white lights around the top of your deck for a little glitz and glamour.
Moving from the deck to the bedroom, drapes can be used to add life to an otherwise ordinary sleeping space as well. Not a big fan of headboards? Try draping fabric on the wall over the head of your bed to create the feeling of having a headboard without the commitment. Choose colored fabric that compliments your bedspread. This fabric can also be quickly and easily changed out for special occasions such as holidays or if you're just ready for a new look. Store old drapes away for use in another room at a later date.
Do you have a nook or small area in your home where you would love to have just a bit more privacy? Why not add drapes? Drapes can be attached to the wall or ceiling surrounding the nook and allowed to hang freely or be tied back when not in use. Again, this makes for a lovely look either way without too much commitment on your part. Remember, drapes can be easily changed out to suit your changing decor.
As you can tell, drapes are not just for windows anymore. These are just a few of the many ways you can incorporate drapes into your home or porch area and add beauty and drama to any space. For all of your drapery needs, whether for windows or otherwise, visit Budget Blinds of Snohomish County. We'll show you our wide variety of drapery and curtain options and discuss the best uses for all of our products. You're guaranteed to walk away with just what you need at just the right price every time.