So, you are ready to beautify your home with custom window treatments and curtains but feel overwhelmed with the various choices of draperies, curtains, valances, cornices, Romans shades, fabrics, hardware, finishes, trims, etc. Take a breath and relax because here are a couple of considerations to get you over the hump and make this process a little easier.
The best way to get started is to determine your primary concerns. Take a look at your window. Can your neighbors see what you are doing or eating? Does the sunlight wake you up in the morning or create a glare on your TV or computer screen. If you answered yes, then your primary concerns are likely privacy and light control. If this is the case, you have just narrowed your selection down to a style of Roman shade or functional draperies that you can open and close. From there, your workroom will help guide your selection of Roman shade styles (flat, relaxed, hobbled, etc.), ways to jazz up draperies and whether you should use blackout lining.
Now, if you are lucky enough to not worry about privacy or light control then you really just want something that can contrast and soften the square lines of the windows, walls and ceilings. Stationary drapery panels on the sides of the window are not only a great way to add softness and beauty but they will also elongate the space when installed close to the ceiling. Also, choosing a style of top treatment like a shaped cornice that incorporates curves or arches can create a great complimentary detail to the square lines of a windows and walls. If you like the idea of curves and swoops but want something a little softer look than a cornice, then your workroom can help you choose from a variety of valance. Of course, there are lots of options when it comes to any of these styles, but understanding your basic needs and concerns primary concern is a perfect way to narrow your options and then let your custom workroom guide you from there. Most of all, remember to have fun!!