“Windows dress themselves.” This is Pauline’s theory about designing window treatments, and here are the steps…
- Does the area in question require light control (for sun protection, black out for sleeping, TV viewing, etc.)?
- Does the room require privacy?
- Is there a large header (space above the window to the ceiling line)? A large header allows for valance treatments.
- Do the windows pocket? This will determine whether treatments need to be inside or outside mounted?
- Is there layoff on either side of the windows? This helps determine if decorative and/or functional panels have space enough to be pretty without impeding a view.
- Does it make sense to have window treatments tied into an automated control system or is battery operation an option? There are times particularly with light control and privacy that windows might be difficult to access (behind a bath tub or very high placed windows) that make automation a very strong argument.
Currently, the trend is cleaner with a “less is more” in window treatment design. However, the sun can cause fading of furnishings and flooring in a small amount of time. Also, window treatments can be used to insulate a home reducing the energy output for cooling and heating. Framing a window with tasteful window treatments can greatly enhance a room; making it feel more complete and well designed.
The list above is a good place to start, and as you can imagine one question usually leads to a series of further inquiries. Pauline explains the process in a way that sounds simplistic, but I can guarantee that there is no substitute for years of experience and design talent that she brings to the table in designing not only for function, but for beauty.