The Art of Dressing Windows

The art of dressing windows is what comes to mind when I add window coverings or draperies to a room. I look at it as a form of art. It can make or break good design in a room. The principles of design to consider when selecting the best solutions for windows includes scale, proportion and balance. You can make a window appear larger or smaller and adjust the visual ceiling height in a room by raising or lowering window treatment. The size and style of a window is something to take into consideration when choosing the vane or slat size for shades, blinds or shutters. The view through area of a window is also something to think about. There are endless ways to dress a window while keeping your design style in mind. The functionality of window coverings includes things like removing the glare in a room, keeping a room cooler or warmer and controlling noise while making it aesthetically pleasing. A trained eye can be very valuable to you when choosing the right solution for your windows.

Check out some of the examples below for professional tips.

The Horizontal stripe creates interest and keeps the windows from appearing larger.

Hooked on Houses shows how to balance the two windows by raising the panels above the window.

The roman shade adds softness to the room pulls it together (Marcus Designs).

The Traditional Home Window creates balance in a large area with doors.

). Cornice with panels show how to make a small window appear larger and give balance to the wall or room.

Valance is a way to cover a large window and bring excitement to the room with color (Design Sponge).

Smart Solutions for Dressing Windows

There are many factors to consider when buying custom window coverings. By selecting window coverings with thermal properties in mind, you can save money and be more comfortable in your home. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the heat lost through windows can account for 10 to 25 percent of a homes heating bill. Hunter Douglas is an innovator in the window fashions marketplace and offers high-end styling with an emphasis on being eco-friendly. Important things to look for in quality window coverings are:

  • Light Control
  • Privacy
  • Insulating Properties
  • Moisture Resistance
  • Sound Obsorption
  • Functionality
  • Aesthetics
  • Motorization
  • Energy Effeciency

Art Glass

Bring style and conversation to a room with a spectacular piece of art glass. Express color in many different ways. Add lighting to bring out the beauty in a colorful work of art.