It is true that window treatments create the first impression for your home. And if you are lucky to have tall two story windows they will make your home beautiful.
Below are some tips of what worked for us for many projects for the two story window treatments:
- Size matters. For tall and narrow windows, try to make them look wider by extending beyond the windows onto the wall. For example, in the picture above the draperies were extended onto the wall on both sides to make them look wider.
- Shape them up. This is something that you can play with. For example, for four small windows, we pretended that we only had two long ones. Also, think about the shapes of the room and what would complement it. Is it too boxy and you want a softer look? Do you want to frame the view?
- Fabric and Trim. Choose solid color fabrics with a brighter trim. Or use a color pattern with solid trim. Use softer to touch fabrics for draping. They do not need to cost a fortune. Cut the cost by using faux silk. If you want your draperies to really drape, stay away from linens.
- Lining and interlining. Unless you are going for sheers, your draperie should be lined. Interlining is another layer of special fabric between the main fabric and the lining. Most professional designers prefer interlined draperies because they look richer and fold better. It is just like wearing a structured gown, it looks richer and fits better lined. After all, fashion and home furnishings are somewhat parts of the same thing.
- Select the right workroom. Workmanship is very important. If you are not making the drapes yourself, consider hiring a good, reliable workroom. When you do, ask if you could see their work, references by other customers and the time frame for the completion.
- Select the right installer. The installer is your best friend after the process is over. The installer should be the one measuring for you even before you order the fabric. Measuring is very important, and unless you are in this business, you will not know all the details and make expensive mistakes.