Give Your Window a Makeover




Article by: Rekha I Nambiar

Whatever you do with your windows, , Advice on Building a Bunk Bed being in direct line of sight, it is going to get your attention. Use it to create a mood, make a statement, or focus a view. Take great care in dressing it, but at the end of the exercise, it should look like there was no fuss at all !! That is the trick.

Plan ahead.Think about your window , Seven Criteria to Help You Assess Who to Buy Coverings Online from this Holiday Season treatment when you are renovating/constructing. Do not leave it till the last moment where it ends up looking like an afterthought. The best way to complement a good curtain treatment is the use of light. , Quality Natural Stones in Interior Design Natural , Floral Photos Brighten Spring and Summer Decor light, table lamp, floor , Why You Should Consider a Wool Rug For Your Home lamps, wall/ceiling fixtures (well, even candles work just as well, if you want to be really creative !!) They work to enhance the setting, and you can keep different options, to create different moods.

The window , Throw Covers For Your Furniture Coverings treatment should complement the design , Floral Photos Brighten Spring and Summer Decor and décor in the room, , Tabriz Persian Rugs and not stand out like a sore thumb. Think of your windows , Bean Bag Chairs Choosing the Right One as a canvas. What you put on that canvas is up to you. Forget patterns and prints( unless they are really bold and defiant) , use colour , A Guide to Kids' Shower Curtains and detailing instead. Concentrate on the texture and drape of the fabric. Be creative. Use painting, , Room by Room Makeovers: Kitchens for Cooking and Entertaining block printing and embroidery techniques to create a curtain/blind that is yours and yours alone.

If someone walks into your house, , Throw Covers For Your Furniture Coverings sees the curtains/blinds and remarks, " That's interesting !" , you know you have hit the nail , Make Your House Feel More Like Home on the head.

THE MASTER BEDROOM

The room , Contemporary Glass Art where you are likely to spend the maximum time in your home. , Seven Criteria to Help You Assess Who to Buy Window Coverings Online from this Holiday Season The décor should be something that you would not tire of easily and should bring comfort and warmth. It should also reflect your personality, because of all the rooms , Advice on Building a Bunk Bed in the house, , Area Rug: 6 Ways To Use Them the bedroom speaks the most about who you really are !

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In the example shown in the pic, the couple wanted something formal but simple. Conservative yet modern. Something that would create style, but not too much drama. Colour , A Guide to Kids' Shower Curtains was out. Which left us with detailing. The simple drapes with a pleated heading and embroidered borders in the Greek Key motif are hung from ceiling height on a drapery pole. Ceiling height curtains make the room , Decorating your kids s with colors look grand.The full height of the wall , Contemporary Glass Art is used to make the room , Wrought Iron Bakers Rack: Beautiful and Elegant look bigger and pulls the eye upwards.

A simple drapery pole in copper , Latex Mattresses Comfortable, Renewable, and Biodegradable finish with nice ends stress the elegance of form. Hardware , Quality Natural Stones in Interior Design is an important feature , Home office decorating on a tight budget of contemporary design , Teak Furniture: Evaluating The Best Before You Buy and the variety of options allow for a lot more flexibility.

The fabric is a textured dull gold silk fabric with an excellent drape that focuses on style without fuss. A heavy drape with good pleats is an important aspect of curtain fabrication. The embroidery motif in olive green , Teak Furniture: Evaluating The Best Before You Buy adds just the appropriate amount of detailing.

If the view from the window , Advantages of Brass Chandeliers is good, use the lightest sheer that keeps away the direct glare of sunlight. On the other hand, if you have a bit of an eyesore to deal with( which is usually the case in the cities we live in), or another building , Newest Craze in Decorating is Silk Flowers in Acrylic Water facing your window, , Biometric Fingerprint Time Clocks then a textured stripe or check sheer would work best. It gets you the light, , Bollywood Boudoir... On A Budget and keeps everything else away.

In this case a semi-sheer check in three tones is used for the roman blinds that have a dual purpose Firstly, the fabric allows the light , Quality Natural Stones in Interior Design to filter in while providing the necessary privacy and hiding the view of the neighbouring house. , A Hidden Jewel In Home Decorating, The Powder Room Secondly, the blinds make the room , Area Rug: 6 Ways To Use Them look more spacious and are in line with the minimalist décor.

The fabrics are in tones of olive, dull gold, off white , Biometric Fingerprint Time Clocks and beige that complement the cherry wood , Hard Floor Installation Guide finish. The bedspread coordinates with the drapes and accentuates the individuality of the room. , Newest Craze in Decorating is Silk Flowers in Acrylic Water A coordinated bedspread is the perfect companion to a well thought out window , Vertical Blinds Add a Classy Touch as Coverings treatment in a bedroom. As long as all the elements in the room , Decorating your kids s with colors from the furniture , Safely Decorating Your Kids Bedroom to the fabrics look like they get along, your room , Hardwood Floor Installation Guide is a beautiful place , Wrought Iron Bakers Rack: Beautiful and Elegant to be. When one is out of place, , Pretty Bathroom Vanities Hide a Multitude of Items it is a visual nightmare.

THE DINING ROOM

It is not just the food , What You Should Know about the Correct Paint Job that is going to score points out here ( if your culinary skills , What are HEPA Air Filters? are not that great, then working on the décor is absolutely essential !). If you are inviting your girlfriend/boyfriend, entertaining your boss, or having a small get together of friends; the dining room , Floral Photos Brighten Spring and Summer Decor will work to impress.

Since dining rooms , What You Should Know about the Correct Paint Job usually have heavy furniture , Finding a Bamboo Flooring Supplier and few accessories, , The Benefits of Chair Slip Covers the window , Bollywood Boudoir... On A Budget treatments should make a statement and bring some colour , Tabriz Persian Rugs into the room. , Find the Answer for your Interior Decorating and Home Decor Needs The style of the furniture, , Latex Mattresses Comfortable, Renewable, and Biodegradable the flooring, , Why You Should Consider a Wool Rug For Your Home wood , New Home Furniture - Choose Carefully finish and wall colour , Advantages of Brass Chandeliers would dictate the window , Hardwood Floor Installation Guide treatment to a large extent. To create a feeling of warmth and luxury, use warm tones.

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A dining area would generally have just one window. , Purchasing Framed Art For Your Home or Office - a Novel Way to Decorate In this picture, we have a formal dining area that needs to make a statement of understated elegance.The dining table and sideboard are in a deep walnut matt finish, which is offset by the burnt stripe fabric used on the blinds. The diamond border in 4 colours , Adding Rustic Tuscan and Italian Country Decor to Your Kitchen on a soft apricot silk brings in the detailing. The sheers are an off-white self-stripe that add to the warmth of the room. , Shower Enclosures

The double blind system makes the relatively small dining room , Why You Should Consider a Wool Rug For Your Home appear larger and the valance dresses it up and gives it a formal touch. The apricot silk valance has embroidered borders that coordinate with the blinds and is casually draped over an antique bronze drapery pole. This makes it look contemporary while retaining the luxurious feel.

Dining room , Rawhide Lamp Shades for Rustic Lighting - How to Measure and Choose the Right Size Lampshade windows should have colours , Bollywood Boudoir... On A Budget that are inviting. Warm tones are better for rooms , Eiderdown, For a Princely Sum You Can Sleep Like Royalty with less light , Make Your House Feel More Like Home and/or dark wood , Say Goodbye to The en Window Shutter finish, and cool summer , Adding Rustic Tuscan and Italian Country Decor to Your Kitchen colours are a perfect complement to the lighter wood , Hard Floor Installation Guide finishes and bright well-lit rooms. , Throw Covers For Your Furniture Coverings

If you are using curtains then ensure that you have them drop from the maximum height possible to create a feeling of subtle opulence. A great view is best framed using a sheer fabric in pastel or summer , Rawhide Lamp Shades for Rustic Lighting - How to Measure and Choose the Right Size Lampshade tones in a heavy pleated drape.

Coordinated table linen to complement the window , Newest Craze in Decorating is Silk Flowers in Acrylic Water treatments is the ace in your pocket. Most people pay no attention to that at all. The ones that do, always get compliments for it. It is a detail that always catches the eye. (And sometimes, makes up for a not-so-impressive main course !!)

STYLE WITHOUT FUSS TREATMENTS

Modern décor puts an emphasis on lines. A curtain well done will accentuate the desirable architectural features , Bean Bag Chairs Choosing the Right One and camouflage the shortcomings in the interior. , Eiderdown, For a Princely Sum You Can Sleep Like Royalty

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In the example shown,a fabric in a neutral tone as close to the wall colour , A Hidden Jewel In Home Decorating, The Powder Room as possible is used to ensure that one can keep the curtains drawn all day. A simple textured fabric is used with blackout lining in this entertainment area that is also a bedroom. The lining keeps the light , A Hidden Jewel In Home Decorating, The Powder Room out so as not to obstruct television viewing during the day.

A little drama is brought in with a six-inch band of suede fabric in deep forest green. , Glass Coffee Tables The suede fabric acts as a heading and makes the room , Purchasing Framed Art For Your Home or Office - a Novel Way to Decorate look contemporary. Why suede ? Well, it looks terribly hip !!! The eyelet drapes keep it simple, while the chrome finish rod coordinates perfectly with the walnut and stainless steel cabinetry, bed , Room by Room Makeovers: Kitchens for Cooking and Entertaining and chairs , Latex Mattresses Comfortable, Renewable, and Biodegradable in the room. , The Benefits of Chair Slip Covers

Often, a contrast fabric used on the heading or along the length of the drapes is the best way to create the necessary embellishment, without interfering with the modern décor. The borders can be plain or with eyelets that have a sash running through it in a third colour , Digital Images to Posters - Decorate Your Home that makes it look even funkier. A formal look would just require a bit of appliqué on the borders with a small beaded fringe. The colours , Latex Mattresses Comfortable, Renewable, and Biodegradable used in the border could be an offset in a bright colour , Glass Coffee Tables or it could be a tone on tone depending on whether you want to bring some excitement in, or create an understated elegance.

Did you notice the coordinated fabric made-to-order for the chairs , Throw Covers For Your Furniture Coverings ? Or the floor , A Hidden Jewel In Home Decorating, The Powder Room cushions ? Small details. Big effect !!!

BLINDS INSTEAD OF DRAPES

By and large, unless it is a living or dining room, , Pretty Bath Vanities Hide a Multitude of Items master bedroom or large French windows, , Why You Should Consider a Wool Rug For Your Home blinds are generally a better option. They keep the look simple and the need to use full-length curtains is reserved for formal areas. Bedrooms that have half-size windows, , Create the Right Splash With Bathroom Accessories are ideal for blind concepts.

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A blind does not have to be just one flat , Seven Criteria to Help You Assess Who to Buy Window Coverings Online from this Holiday Season piece of fabric. There are a whole host of opportunities to exercise one's creativity. One such possibility is the fan design , Seven Criteria to Help You Assess Who to Buy Window Coverings Online from this Holiday Season that brings out the existing window , Create the Right Splash With Bathroom Accessories feature and turns the window , Seven Criteria to Help You Assess Who to Buy Coverings Online from this Holiday Season into a picture frame.

The stripe fabric brings in a lot of colour , Eiderdown, For a Princely Sum You Can Sleep Like Royalty and is ideal for this particular design. , Adding Rustic Tuscan and Italian Country Decor to Your Kitchen The pastel green , Tabriz Persian Rugs combined with a deep rust, peach and beige complement the natural , Say Goodbye to The Wooden Window Shutter teak furniture. , Room by Room Makeovers: Kitchens for Cooking and Entertaining

The tab top design , Quality Natural Stones in Interior allows for the use of a pole as an added feature. , Eiderdown, For a Princely Sum You Can Sleep Like Royalty This one in a bronze finish has some interesting ends that serve as an embellishment. The blinds are kept half raised to allow the light , New Home Furniture - Choose Carefully to streaming in to serve as a backdrop for the fan.

The bedspread in matching colours , Contemporary Glass Art makes an otherwise small and non-descript room , Rawhide Lamp Shades for Rustic Lighting - How to Measure and Choose the Right Size Lampshade look warm and inviting.

PUBERTY--THE SUBTLE TRANSITION

The posters come off but the spunk should still be there !! A boys' room , Safely Decorating Your Kids Bed should generally have bold colours, , The Benefits of Chair Slip Covers and depending on the age, should reflect their personality and taste in some way. This boy's favorite colours , Purchasing Framed Art For Your Home or Office - a Novel Way to Decorate are blue , Eiderdown, For a Princely Sum You Can Sleep Like Royalty and yellow. As is evident !

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The golden cedar furniture , Advantages of Brass Chandeliers offsets the blue , Wrought Iron Bakers Rack: Beautiful and Elegant and yellow used on the blinds. The cotton fabric keeps it informal and the check design , Seven Criteria to Help You Assess Who to Buy Window Coverings Online from this Holiday Season has been created using two plain fabrics and stitching them together in a patchwork design. , The Benefits of Chair Slip Covers

A cross-stitch detail in metal , Bean Bag Chairs Choosing the Right One thread gives it a contemporary feel. The blinds have a tab top heading with yellow buttons, fitted on a nickel finish rod with cedar finials.

The blind concept has been repeated inversely on the bedspread thereby tying in the concept with the furniture , Contemporary Glass Art and décor. Generally cotton fabric works best in a boy's room , Say Goodbye to The Wooden Window Shutter as they come in bright colours , Make Your House Feel More Like Home and do not look formal. They are also cheaper and thus easy to re-do in another colour/design when the person gets bored of the style or grows , Seven Criteria to Help You Assess Who to Buy Window Coverings Online from this Holiday Season out of the concept, as they often do.

TEENAGE QUEEN

The drama of youth wants to blend with the sophisticated elegance of adulthood. How much drama and what amount of elegance will do ?

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A girl's bedroom is one place , Advantages of Brass Chandeliers where colour , What are HEPA Air Filters? and vibrancy are required. A bright paint , The Benefits of Chair Slip Covers finish in blue , A Hidden Jewel In Home Decorating, The Powder Room behind the bed , The Benefits of Chair Slip Covers draws the eye to the main wall , Glass Coffee Tables in the room. , Glass Coffee Tables The two windows , Decorating Tips For Area Rugs in the room, , Safely Decorating Your Kids Bed a small one next to the bed, , Latex Mattresses Comfortable, Renewable, and Biodegradable and a larger one next to it, allow a lot of natural , Wrought Iron Bakers Rack: Beautiful and Elegant light to filter in. The view of the lawn , Tabriz Persian Rugs is unobstructed as the blinds are kept to the side all day. A plain organza in white , Latex Mattresses Comfortable, Renewable, and Biodegradable with embroidery in a tone on tone all over pattern, allows for privacy without blocking the view. In fact, the lush greenery serves as a perfect backdrop for the delicate work on the sheer blinds.

To achieve that funky look the main blinds are fitted on vertical wooden , Digital Images to Posters - Decorate Your Home slats which is give it a horizontal operation as opposed to the normal vertical one. The slats are fitted into the chrome finish hooks on the wall , Adding Rustic Tuscan and Italian Country Decor to Your Kitchen spaced at regular intervals. The chrome rings that fit into the hooks make the blinds look ultra-modern while keeping the basic operation very simple. Mostly they are hanging on the side with the folds overlapping vertically instead of horizontally.

The soft beige and bright red suede fabric on the main blinds give a feeling of luxury. The two fabrics have been stitched together in alternating blocks interlined to ensure the joints are not visible. This particular design , Advantages of Brass Chandeliers is unusual not only in its design , Area Rug: 6 Ways To Use Them but also in its operation. It adds to the modern décor in the room, , Canopy Beds while keeping with the essential simplicity of form.

The bedcover with a linear hand-stitched design , Advice on Building a Bunk Bed acts a foil to this style of décor and keeps the grandeur balanced with simplicity. A perfect complement to a 16 year old who would like a room , Advice on Building a Bunk Bed to be bright and vibrant without looking too girlish, and yet bring in the element of femininity. Lots of drama, very subtle execution.

Rekha I Nambiar is an interior designer , Bringing the Inside Out based in New Delhi,India. She runs her own business in interiors, , Home office decorating on a tight budget furniture and furnishings.She is also a consultant for all sourcing related to home , office decorating on a tight budget furnishings,furniture and interior design , Quality Natural Stones in Interior in India.

Her work may be viewed at http://www.idi-home.com

Her blog is http://www.thedecoratinghub.com


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