Living Room Window Treatments - Set the Tone of Your Home
Want to set the right atmosphere for your home? Start with the living room window treatments. The living room is the first thing your guests will see when they visit. More importantly, it will give them the first impression of your home.
What message do you want to send?
Set the right mood and make your guests feel welcome. With custom living room window curtains and blinds, you will be able to let your creativity and uniqueness shine through.
Whether you want the modern or the classic look, or something completely unique, we have the right tips and tricks for you. There are quite a few things to consider if you don’t want to remodel your living from scratch every couple of months. There’s the choice of color, material, and fabric, and it should all fit your needs and wants as well as the tone you want to set, and your furniture and carpets. To make this happen, check out the tips below.
Voice Your Style With The Curtains
Most people prefer curtains to blinds in their living room, as curtains give you more chance to experiment and make your home seem even more welcoming. A combo of blinds and curtains is also an option, but so is the double curtain option. This is one of the current trends in the industry, and it works like a charm. The idea is to choose some subtle bright curtains that will give you some privacy but still ensure enough light comes into the room. And when you want to block some light and unwanted stares, you can use the second layer of heavier, colored curtains to make your living room atmosphere more intimate and homely.
If you opt for the double curtain style, you’ll have a few more decisions to make, but you also get the creative freedom to set the tone just right. You won’t have to worry about lined vs. unlined, bright vs. shade, etc. But you do need to consider double curtain rods since you’ll need a little more equipment for this setup. With double curtains, of course, you’ll also need double brackets. We suggest iron to ensure strength and durability. You can choose from a variety of finishes to add to your overall design, and you can also opt for either round or square brackets to fit your curtain rods.
Then it’s all downhill from there. For the first, lighter curtain, we suggest something bright, white works perfectly for any living room. You can then make your statement with a subtle texture and with your second layer of curtains that needs to be in tone with the rest of your room. You can experiment with the material and color, but the general rule is to avoid curtains with patterns if you have patterns on your furniture. Then, you should go for solid color curtains. On the other hand, if the furniture is a solid color, you can complete the look with curtain patterns.
If you just want to add a pinch of style, you can choose a small, neutral print. But if you want to make your curtains really stand out, feel free to go for larger print. Just make sure the colors are in line with your furniture. You can add some contrast here, too, but don’t mix too many different colors and shades and make your living room look like your decorator was a 6-year old.
Length and width
When it comes to length, the rule is the longer the better. Whenever you can, get floor length. If you want to add a sense of height to the room, hang your curtains at least six inches above the window frame. If you want to make it even more dramatic, you can go higher.
When deciding on the width, measure your window, add at least eight inches, and then double that number to get the perfect width of your curtains. This may seem exaggerated but trust us. You don’t want to have to stretch your curtain side to side just to have coverage. The extra width really makes the difference in making the curtains look full and captivating.
Fabric, color, and lining
The material is a big deal. Get lined material to protect your furniture and artwork from UV damage. The lining will also make the material heavier so your curtains will fall gracefully. For heavier materials you’ll want to use heavy duty curtain rods and center support brackets, with properly fixed end bolts. Of course, you don’t want the curtains to be too heavy because then they won’t fold nicely. If you want durability, faux silk is a good option that won’t deteriorate quickly, even in a room that gets a lot of sunlight. Other than faux silk, real silk, velvet, and linen are also great choices that hang very well.
And let us go back to color one more time. Rich colors are a bald fashion statement and can do wonders for making your living room unique and welcoming. However, if your living room gets a lot of sunlight, rich and bright colors tend to fade faster, so you should consider this when making your decision. If you don’t want to see your curtains fade away, go with neutral colors that will meld in with the rest of the room.
Rods, Tiebacks, Ropes, Rings and Finials
When it comes to rods, tiebacks, and ropes, these can all be small details that will add style and chic to your living room window treatments. Be smart with your choices and your room will get a fresh new look. Curtains account for a lot, but it’s these subtle details that complete the design.
There’s a huge selection available of rod designs, materials, and functionality to satisfy your every need and want. Double rods are growing in popularity, and so are custom end caps, drapery finishes, rings, and finials.
When choosing drapery rings, you need to think about color, size, style, number, and clips vs. Eyelets. Clip rings aren’t recommended for heavier drapery material. When it comes to number of rings, if you want your drapery to look fuller, you should opt for more rings. Drapery rings come in various materials such as wood, metal, resin; they can be plain or decorative, and when used right, they will emphasize the awesomeness of your living room window treatments.
Finials can be especially interesting and draw the attention of your visitors to your drapery. The Kirsch Wrought Iron Bird Cage Finial can be a conversation-starter in itself. If you need a wood finial for your living room drapery, you’ll still have some wonderful options to choose from. All these small elements can match and upgrade your living room window treatment choices and overall design. Tiebacks and ropes with tassels also look very sleek and will help you make your living room an ideal and soothing place for spending quality time with family and friends.
Classic Look with Wooden Blinds
You can never go wrong with the classic look. Unless the rest of your home is completely modern and simplistic, of course. A classic look gives you all the elegance and sophistication, with a warm note added. You can use curtains, blinds, or both. Wooden window blinds are an awesome choice if you want to add a little extra privacy to your living room stylishness. This is even more important if you have some artwork displayed and you want to keep it protected from sun damage. Window blinds will block the UV rays a protect your curtains, furniture, and artwork.
Of course, you’ll want your wooden window blinds to match and complement the furniture in your living room. Another thing to keep in mind is that if you want to have both curtains and blinds, or two layers of curtains, you’ll need an extended projection bracket such as Robert Allen Classic Extended Bracket. If you want to break the monotony and opt for a different material, we have several choices available. You can go modern with Robert Allen Metropolitan or opt for something more authentic like Helser Brothers Artigiani Collection.
Continental Window Fashions Pro Tips:
When setting the tone of your living room, and thus your entire home, you should consider some basic things such as curtain length, material, rods, tiebacks, and ropes.
Here are some general tips and guidelines to follow when choosing your living room window treatments:
- Decide how much privacy you want
- For more privacy, choose heavier, lined curtains or window blinds, or both
- Choose floor length curtains, hang them six inches above the window frame and ensure the width is about twice your window width
- For rooms with a lot of sunlight, avoid bright colors as they fade faster
- Faux silk, silk, velvet, and linen are top choices but not the only ones
- Match the color and style of your curtains, rods, and hardware with that of your furniture
- Don’t be afraid to add a personal touch