When you think of redoing the interior of your house, you want to do the best you can. You may be considering replacing the furniture, carpets, and wallpaper. The last thing on your mind would probably be the window coverings but they are a very important part of interior redecorating.

The fact is window coverings are what bring harmony to the room. They have the understated elegance that highlights all the furnishings and brings the room together. There is such a variety of choice available in the market that selecting the right one can be a daunting task.

Window coverings come in different styles and size so you will always be able to find something that fits your window no matter what its size and shape may be. The best part is that you can design your own window coverings. Look through interior decorating magazines to get some ideas and come up with something unique that will astonish your family and friends. Try to be innovative instead of going for the regular traditional style.

You can choose from a range of styles such as draperies, curtains, valances, blinds, shades, swags, shutters and even stained glass. Though fabric coverings still remain the most popular form of window covering, many contemporary interior designers prefer a combination of fabric drapes and shades, blinds or shutters.

The best thing about fabric draperies is that they come in a huge array of patterns and fabrics. For those serious about unique designs, if you are unable to get a particular design of your choice, there are places where you can get it custom made.

Blinds are another popular type of window covering. The best thing about them is that they can be adjusted to allow in as much light as you want and offer total light control in the room.

Another key aspect when selecting coverings for your window is to be mindful of the weather where you live. If the weather is warm, curtains might be another option to consider as they can be closed during the day to keep the hot sunrays out. They are similar to drapes except that a lighter fabric is used, often with backing material to protect against the sun.

If you are planning to replace the coverings of your garage or shed, then it would be good to go in for aluminum blinds as they are durable enough to withstand the outdoor conditions.

It is good idea to choose your color scheme to compliment the colors of the walls, furniture or the carpet. As a rule, go for bright colors or patterns if the room is neutral so as to liven up the area. If the furniture or the walls have a bold look, go in for plain treatments or the whole effect will be overwhelming.

It is important to remember that window coverings for the home are quite different from those found in commercial environments. In commercial places, the fabric that is used is thicker and more durable in comparison to those found in homes. They are made in such a fashion so that they last for years and minimum maintenance is required.

Decorating your home can be a major task. If you are unsure where to begin, you may consider hiring an interior decorator because they are not only experienced in the different forms of designs but they are also trained to be innovative as far as color and texture go.


If you are planning to refurbish your home, you may consider replacing everything that is there in the house and neglect the window coverings. But the fact is that window coverings have the power to make or break the harmony of a room.