Selecting Draperies for Your Living Space

by | Apr 30, 2012 | Home Improvement

Drapes and other window treatments add color, style, and a finishing touch to any decorated room. To look complete and “finished,” a home needs to be furnished with window treatments such as blinds, curtains, or drapes, in addition to furniture and decorative objects. There is a multitude of window treatments and drapes and drapery hardware on the market. Where do you begin?

Selecting a window treatment for your home can be a daunting task. There are many choices of window treatments for a home to choose from. When selecting a window treatment, it is important to consider the nature of the space, such as the style of the home, the style of the room, and the function of the window treatments.

One of the first things to consider when selecting window treatments is the space in the room. How big is the room? Is the room small with large windows? Tiny windows? Large with small windows? If your room is large, then it is a good idea to opt for substantial drapes in order to balance the space. The fabric selected for a large room should be heavy or bold. This should produce a balanced visual effect and add interest to the room. If your room is small, do the opposite. Substantial drapes in a small room will overwhelm the space and make it look smaller. Your best option, therefore, is to select curtains made from light or airy material. Proportionally smaller and lighter window treatments will not overwhelm your space.

Now that you have considered the space, think about the style of your living space. Window décor should always complement the feel of a home and its style. It is important to coordinate home style with the fashion of window dressing in order to avoid clashing with the overall feel of your home. For example, a contemporary home might be dressed with streamlined drapes or blinds in neutral colors with sleek or modern hardware. Appropriate window treatments for a Victorian home might include lace curtains or substantial velvet drapes.

Finally, it is important to consider the function of your living space. What is it used for? What time of the day is it used for? If it is used only during the daytime, windows might be dressed with treatments adept at letting in natural light or blocking natural light, if necessary. Is there a pleasant view outside, or do you want to hide the view of your neighbors’ unsightly statue of Elvis? Whatever the function, there is an ideal window treatment available. With some proper planning and thought, you can select the right window treatment for your home.

Wolf-Gordon can supply all your drapes and other home designing needs. Visit in person at one of the following showroom locations: Los Angeles Showroom Pacific Design Center at 8687 Melrose Ave., Suite BM5 Los Angeles, CA 90069; Chicago Showroom Merchandise Mart at #10-161 200 World Trade Center Chicago, IL 60654; or visit To obtain samples or for general information, call 800-347-0550 or email



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