Wood cornices are one of the most classic window treatment ideas, but they are often overlooked as an option in contemporary homes because of their traditional nature. Used alone, however, cornices can create a sleek, modern look. Though they can be paired with curtains, stained or painted, wood boxes are perfect for the kitchen and bath, where fabric can succumb to water damage. These are best built by a skilled carpenter for a custom fit, so they can be expensive if you aren’t handy. Cornices hide curtain hardware and blend well with luxurious detailing, like crown molding, to give your home a gracious, regal look.
The windows in your home are your connection to the outside world, and how you choose to dress them speaks volumes about your interior design style. Leaving them uncovered is a sleek, modern look for those who live in wooded or isolated areas. If curtains are too fussy for your minimalist furnishings and blinds are too blah for your modern taste, plenty of alternatives are available.
If you love the look of clean edges but lack the funds for custom cornices, you can still have a beautiful window without any soft goods at all by painting the window’s mullions, frame and sill instead of dressing it with curtains. Any DIYer with a steady hand and some masking tape can paint a window, and the color possibilities are endless. Try a bold pop of color to highlight the view, but for best resale value, choose a dark brown or black color for a chic look.
If your windows feel bare and you prefer a well-dressed window, consider layers of color, texture and pattern to complete your springtime window. If glare is a problem in your home from bright sunlight, or reflective water views, opt for sheers, or even window films that can obscure light. Window treatments that span from the ceiling to the floor will elongate your walls, and make the room appear larger. By layering window treatments you can add versatility to your windows. For many homes that are still experiencing winter-like conditions. Layering decorative window treatments over lighter fabrics will help keep out cooler air, while still bringing in sunny views. For wall treatment ideas, look online on home design blogs, window treatment manufacturers and other inspirational resources.
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