Whether you want curtains and draperies, or custom valances, window coverings can be a large part of your decorating budget. Since window treatments cover such a large area in any room, you want to make sure that you choose wisely and get the best value for your money. Here are some great tips on how to choose window treatments and save money!
Pick the appropriate window covering for each room.
You will want to think about what purpose the window treatment in your room will provide. Is it all about privacy, or are you simply wanting to add warmth and style? Do you need both? Do you need insulated drapes or curtains for energy savings? Once you answer these questions, you can narrow down your choice. The most common window treatments are curtains, drapes, blinds and valances.
The words curtains and drapes are often used interchangeably. Curtains tend to be more casual, and are usually gathered on a rod. They are well suited for more relaxed rooms such as bedrooms and dens. Curtains tend to be made of lighted fabrics, and don’t block the light completely.
Draperies are usually a more formal window treatment for the home. They are often lined, and are good at blocking sun and keeping out cold. Draperies can be pleated, tab top or grommet. Some require specialty rods. Draperies are a good choice for living rooms, and are often made of more substantial fabrics.
Visit Factory Direct Drapes and use their free Virtual Room Designer to help you choose the best draperies and curtains or valances for your home. Kathy Woodard is a freelance writer and home decorating expert. You can visit her at www.TheBudgetDecorator.com
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