The Windows in Your Home
Choose Window Treatments that Increase Your Natural Light
The simplest way to determine which window treatment to use is to ask yourself what you need from that window treatment.
One of the most common reasons people call me for a consultation is that they are uncertain about how to treat their windows. While choosing colors, patterns, lighting and furniture may seem more straight-forward, the seemingly endless options for window treatments can sometimes be confusing and overwhelming.
The easiest way to simplify your choices is to ask yourself what you need from your window treatments. The following are some of the ways window treatments can serve you:
- They can keep the reflection from an untreated window from looking like a big black eye at night.
- They can protect your rooms from the glare and fading caused by the sun.
- They can provide room-darkening to improve your sleep.
- They can give you privacy.
- They can diminish or completely block an unattractive view.
- They can protect you from extremes in the outside temperature.
- They can make your room seem softer and more inviting feeling.
Step Sixteen in The Magical Interior Design Guide reviews not only the types of window treatments, but also the best ways to install them.
Properly installed window treatments can make your ceilings seem higher and your windows seem wider. They can also make unevenly placed windowsappear to be in line with one another and increase your room's natural light.
The generally accepted place for mounting drapery-rod brackets is on the upper corners of the window molding. Unfortunately when your drapery-rod brackets are installed on the corners of the window molding your draperies tend to cover a large portion of the glass.
This rod placement can cause your windows to look narrower and less inviting. It can also affect the feeling of your rooms. The more glass your window treatments cover, the more natural light they keep out. While this statement may seem completely obvious, most people don’t give it much thought. They rarely equate the placement of their rods with their room’s reduced natural light … and they almost never notice the relationship between their rod placement and their own diminished feeling of energy and wellbeing.
Sometimes our personal happiness can be significantly increased making a simple change, such as choosing to look for the abundance in life rather than looking for what is lacking. One of the small, yet important, decorating changes you can make is to look for ways to increase your natural light.
One of the simplest ways to increase your home’s natural light is toextend your rods by mounting their brackets on the WALL BEYOND THE WINDOW.
If you have standard sized windows, you can mount your drapery-rod brackets on the wall, six to eight inches beyond the window’s side molding. If you have large or oversized windows or a sliding glass door, you can mount your drapery-rod brackets on the wall, ten to fifteen inches beyond the window’s side moldings. This is called an EXTENDED ROD TREATMENT.
The drapery fabric in this illustration has been hung with an Extended Rod Treatment. Notice how way the fabric covers just the wall and the window molding, leaving the more of the glass exposed.
Every time you expand your awareness of what is possible, your mind expands just a little as well. And this can empower you to see and embrace the sometimes small, yet important personal possibilities that can make a meaningful and lasting difference in your life!