Windows are an important aspect of any room, whether they play a leading role or simply make up the backdrop. You want to make sure that the way you dress the windows doesn't just make them look good, but that it also increases the functionality of the window. The following are three mistakes to avoid when choosing your window covers.
#1: Ignoring light issues
The number one thing to consider is how you want to light the room, simply because natural light is often one of the more important factors for both comfort and mental well being. For example, in a bedroom you want plenty of natural light in the morning but no excess light leaking in at night. A combination of blinds or sheers with a blackout curtain over the top works well. On the other hand, in the kitchen you may always want an open setting, so shears or cafe curtains are a better option. Think carefully about your light needs at all hours of the day and night so you can plan appropriately.
#2: Not considering the upkeep
Anything you hang on the windows will need periodic maintenance. If you have pets or children, or live in a dusty environment, you probably want to avoid light colored fabrics unless it is easy to take them down and throw them in the washing machine. Hard surface window coverings are generally preferable, since these are stain-proof and can be easily wiped down with a damp cloth. Going further, skip the aluminum models and opt for wood or vinyl, since these won't get warped, cracked, or broken by pets or children.
#3: Going crazy with colors and patterns
You naturally want your window coverings to match your personality and décor, but avoid going overboard. Busy patterns or bright colors can look dated very quickly. If you enjoy these designs, consider using them as an accent. For example, opt for a neutral blind, sheer, or drape. Then, use your bright color or your pattern of choice as a valance or in the curtain tie-backs. These are much easier to change out or replace as your tastes and décor choices evolve. You also won't have the expense of changing out the window coverings that have been custom fit to your home's windows. As an added bonus, you can have several extra valances or tie-backs on hand so you can change the look of your window coverings seasonally if desired.
For more help, contact a blinds retailer in your area.