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Your window to a better view

Friday, August 25, 2017

Ask anybody what the top amenity that they love about their home and their response is usually the views and the location. In fact, many homeowners can stand to live in a smaller home if it means they will have a great view, and the windows that deliver this view is essential. Every room in your home can benefit from beautiful windows and there is countless number of design styles to choose from. If you have been looking for ways to brighten your interiors, look to your windows. Here are 10 ways your home’s window design can influence your interiors.

First and foremost, determine which window gets the maximum light, for the maximum time. If you have west facing windows then the setting sun will shine in, after the main heat is past. East facing windows get the early morning light and can be covered with lighter fabrics. Rooms that do not get much natural light should not be burdened with heavy drapes.

Readymade curtains with pleats, gathers, flat or these days the ones with button down straps are all in vogue. They come in exciting colours with a wide variety of checks, plains or patterns.

Depending on the purpose of the room, the window can be covered with various options. For example, for a bedroom privacy is of utmost importance, thicker fabrics are needed. Whereas in the family room even a sheer fabric which lets in some of the outside is acceptable.

Old, unused saris are a great option for decorating with flair. Those with heavy gold borders, lend a regal touch to the most ordinary room and not much else is needed to create interest.

Curtains can be made to measure by the friendly neighbourhood upholstery shop, if a slightly different look is desired.

Blinds are the latest craze in the design world. Commercially available ones are on the expensive side. The edges are trimmed with a variety of fabrics, lace or even zari borders. These lend a very formal air to your window, and take up less space than conventional curtains.
The option to make your own also exists, with fabric and a pulley system. If the pulley system is a problem, eyelets punched at the sides of the blind, threaded with a pretty tie rope, can be used.

Swagging the window with loose fabric in complementary/ contrasting colours also gives a very different look. If the curtain rod has slightly ornate ends, anchor the fabric around them and let it fall down to half the window. This is purely decorative, it cannot be used for blocking light.

Extra fabric gathered up to form opera curtain ruches is another way of making blinds different. The blinds are made with double the length of cloth actually needed, with the extra material gathered up in intervals along the width, at the bottom to form a skirt type look.

Vertical or horizontal venetian blinds are always an option, but care has to be exercised to minimise the ‘office’ look. Take them in slightly unconventional colours or again ask if they can be mixed and matched.

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