Sunday, 5 February 2012

Transform Your Room with a New Window Treatment

Are you bored with the look of your living room? Do you wish that you could get a new look, but don't have the time, or the money, to fully remodel the room? You can achieve a lot if you simply de-clutter the room, and invest in a new window treatment.

The Wonder of Light:
The type and amount of light that you let into the room can make a big difference to how it looks. If you have a fairly small room, then you could be making it feel even smaller than it actually is if you have large, heavy curtains that cover a bigger area than the window itself. You could also be losing out on wall space that could be used for storage or decoration.

For smaller rooms, or large rooms that catch a lot of sunlight, consider investing in some roman blinds made to measure. This will allow you to take full advantage of the incoming light, and maximise the amount of space in your home too.

When you get roman blinds made to measure, you will have the opportunity to choose the colour and pattern too.Smaller rooms may benefit from a simple, bold colour rather than a busy pattern. Save patterned roller blinds for rooms that are fairly spacious.

In some rooms, such as the bedroom, you may want to opt for patterned roller blinds accented with tie-back curtains. When you want maximum light reduction, you can draw both the blinds and the curtains.

Multiple Materials:
The main mantra for interior design at the moment is elegance and simplicity, but there's nothing wrong with breaking the mould if you have some interesting ideas for your living room. You could use ornate window treatments to complement the existing design of your room. For example, you could add a valance that uses the same material as your cushions or sofa, and get roman blinds made to measure with a cloth that matches (or cleverly contrasts) your carpet.

Some clever interior designers use three layers - valance, blinds, and tie-back curtains, to add depth to the dressing, and make the room look bigger than it is.

This kind of design is difficult to pull off, but when it is done correctly, it can produce a luscious and luxurious room.

Directing Attention:
With any interior design plan, the goal should be to drive attention to a given part of the room. The focal point could be your television, the fish tank, the fire place, or a particular work of art on your wall. If you have a spectacular view out of your living room window, the focal point could be the window itself.

What you probably don't want, however, is for your patterned roller blinds to be so gaudy that they become the key feature of the room themselves. That might count as a way to completely change the look of your living room, but it wouldn't be a new look that you would enjoy for long! Subtlety is the key to a successful new look.

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