5 Tips For Dressing A Window For Privacy
When it comes to interior design, there are two things you need to think about when you move onto the windows: style and privacy. For instance, while it might be great that your lounge has a lot of light, that light is there because it has a lot of windows – and more windows mean less privacy.
This is especially true if you are living in a city or a suburban area and trying to decorate an apartment, where you have no front garden to hinder or distance the view. When you think about dressing your windows, you have to do it with both style and privacy in mind, and neither should sacrifice the other.
You might be thinking: well, okay, I’ll just buy some curtains. But that’s where a lot of homeowners trip up. Completing your room – and your household, for that matter – involves picking dressings that are both aesthetically pleasing and practical, and to do that, you’re going to need a few tips. Whether you’re hanging curtains in a small dorm room, decorating a large condo, or redecorating a luxe bungalow, some window dressing principles hold true for all spaces and need to be followed.
So, without further ado, here are 5 of the best tips that should help you plow forward with your interior design and keep your private life secured within the house:
Think About Your Light
Before getting into anything else, we need to discuss your lighting situation. Apart from your privacy, this is the single most important thing to get right. For instance, if you’re looking for bedroom window treatments, you need to prioritize a high level of darkness, meaning you should go for heavyweight, blackout bedroom curtains or room-darkening roman shades for the bedroom. If you are trying to brighten up a dark room, or buying curtains for your sunroom or lounge, you need to let in as much natural light as possible. Any living space needs to be well-lit, and the last thing you want to do is choose a window treatment that might block the view but will also block the light at the same time. So, your solution lies in buying light-filtering sheers or choosing lightweight linen curtains and roman shades.
What Works For Your Household?
You also need to think about your household. By that we mean, who is living in this home? Do you have kids? Teenagers? A particularly mischievous pet? If you do, then you might want to look at blinds that have safety devices keeping chains and cords fastened out of reach. Even with these features, it’s also important to angle your furniture away from the blinds and eliminate the temptation for your children to climb. Although a homeowners insurance policy will generally cover window damage as long as it doesn’t result from general wear and tear or lack of proper maintenance, it’s best to do everything you can to avoid damage, especially considering…
Your budget is an important factor in this. If you buy wooden blinds or Venetian blinds, then you will need to clean your blinds more regularly, either with a vacuum or by removing them carefully and giving them a wash. If you don’t, then the blinds will degrade over time, and you’ll only have to replace them. Even before this, however, you should think about your budget before you go for the most expensive thing on the menu. By and large, you should be able to find great privacy window dressings that have higher-end styles too, but every price will vary, so keep it – and the dressings longevity – in mind before you buy.
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What’s The Local Climate Like?
Heat is another important factor. It’s all very well using thick, darkened dressings to secure your privacy, but what about your comfort too? Everyone deserves to feel comfortable in their home, but if you live in a hot climate and choose heavy-duty roman shades, because they are made from solid fabric without any gaps for air, they’re going to act like insulation and keep the heat of the sun in the room. On the other hand, if you choose Venetian blinds because they look pretty – but you live in a cold part of the country, then you should know that they are designed to keep the heat out of a room rather than in. Think about where you live, and prioritize your comfort as well as privacy.
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Think About Your Style
Style is also important, but it’s not the be-all and end-all. For example, many homeowners choose Venetian blinds because they look nice and are good for privacy, but Venetian blinds only block views from below or above, which might not be exactly what you are looking for. In this case, vertical blinds might be the best way to protect your privacy, as they can prevent views from left to right, which is good if you live on a street and are worried about passersby. With this in mind, you should work out where you are trying to achieve the most privacy and think of a style that best suits that.
Only after that can you have fun with matching your home decor, choosing dressing colors, and providing a beautiful finishing touch. For instance, if your house flaunts the clean lines of Scandinavian decor, you will choose the svelte look of white roman shades or if you want to add a touch of finesse, you may go for white curtains with trims while for coastal decor homes, you will want beach curtains like blue or white sheers. Furthermore, you may add charming embellishments to your window treatments like trims or matching curtain tie-backs to give your space a truly customized look.
As mentioned before, you will be able to find the best window dressing, it’ll just take some looking, maybe a bit of patience, and an online shopping spree with Spiffy Spools!
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