March 3, 2017
Our homes are a welcome retreat from the outside world. That goes double for our two most private rooms: the bedroom and the bathroom.
Both are fundamental areas that facilitate our recharge and allow us breathe a sigh of relief away from any prying eyes.
However, no one wants to live in a windowless box. Curtains and window treatments are a wonderful way to show off your home’s unique features while insulating you from would be onlookers.
Below we’ll discuss some key ways to capitalize on drapery aesthetics and function in the bedroom and bathroom.
More than any other place in your home, the bedroom is a place of solace and comfort. Generous amounts of lavish fabric help set the tone for your serene, cozy headquarters, adding softness and dimension to the space.
If you’re looking to completely darken your room Venetian blinds and wooden blinds are a good investment. Add textured draperies in thick fabrics like velvet that complement the color and style of your bedroom.
Bonus: since you’ve got your privacy covered, draperies don’t need to be entirely operable. Pair striped curtains and a prominent valance that are both installed outside your window frame’s dimensions to give the window depth and add the illusion of ceiling height.
Lining your draperies has three-fold benefits. First, interlining prevents sun from damaging your decorative fabrics. It also adds an extra dimension of body and weight to help your drapery hang better.
When a room’s primary function is to facilitate sleep, noise and light are huge mood killers. Roman shades are a highly customizable way to bring in the colors and patterns that best fit your decorating scheme while actively dampening noises both inside the room and from the world at large. Alternately, drapery controls light and is a great base for layering window treatments to give you added protection against light, noise and outside drafts.
Life has more practical demands when it comes to your bathroom. Privacy is a non-negotiable, however, it takes a specific kind of fabric and type of window treatment to hold up against this highly humid environment.
Opting for something more practical doesn’t mean you have to compromise on aesthetics. Add a crisp pop or warm accent to your bathroom and are among the most durable options in moist conditions. For instance, louvered shutters allow you to control the amount of light that gets in and can act as a privacy shield when needed. They’re especially perfect for non-standard windows that require a custom fit, and can be easily wiped down for low maintenance cleaning and upkeep.
Lined and interlined roman shades fit to the inside of your frame, stamping out cold drafts and insulating you from chill. In a room where you’ll be scantily clad much of the time, these elegant window treatments offer huge boons for bathers.
Especially in renovated homes where bathrooms may have been an after thought, it’s possible your window treatment may come face to face with direct water exposure. Shop for all-weather fabrics that are designed to stand up to the elements. Many are approved for outdoor use thanks to their water-resistant nature. If these can withstand a rain shower, they can certainly handle your shower too. Sturdy cotton fabrics also hold their own amid humid conditions.
Ultimately, the privacy needs in your bedroom and bathroom pull rank when selecting window treatments. However, you can add softness and comfort while putting a gentle barrier between you and the outside world with these helpful suggestions.