Windows are your eyes to the world.
Since windows play a large role in interior design, the way you choose to dress them is important as well, but knowing a Roman Blind from a Roller Blind can be challenging. by the same token can you define the difference between a valance and cornice? Fear not, today we are going to talk about some of the ways you can accent your windows which in turn will help you to define your style, and create a unique space that reflects your true tastes.
Let's talk about blinds...
For this blog we picked 6 types of blinds to talk about, they are the most familiar styles, but just in case you haven't had a need to stay current on window treatments... let's begin with the most common.
The Roller Blind is a common style used most often in a contemporary design. The clean lines allows for the use of curtains, and they can be used where space is limited. They come in pre-made and custom styles as well as a range of fabric options including blackout. There are even new motorized styles that can be controlled by a remote control.
Roll Up Blinds are pretty and feminine, but are not as practical as they are not designed to be as useable. They are perfect for a room needing privacy as they remain set at the given length once installed.
Swedish Blinds are raised and lowered by a cord and pulley system and are hung at the top line of the window. Since the outside sees the reverse side when up, you need to carefully consider the fabric you choose for these.
Pull Up Blinds are similar in some respects to the Roller Blind except that it is pulled upwards from a cartridge at the bottom so it therefore provides light and privacy. These work well in contemporary design, and can be from a variety of fabrics
Roman Blinds are the most commonly know of the group and have a distinct look when pulled open. Lifting up into neat stacks of folds, they lend themselves to curtains and can help insulate the room. Roman blinds work in a variety of design styles and can be fitted outside the window recess which allows more light in.
London Blinds function with two cords that thread through tapes attached to the back. It is a softer style than a Roman Blind as it has two attractive inverted pleats which make it perfect in bedroom use. They can be used with curtains and valances for a layered look, and lightweight fabrics are best suited for them.
What is a valance?
A valance is a window treatment that covers the upper area of a window and can instantly help transform the look of the room. They can sit alone or be hung with blinds or curtains. In the above slideshow we show several varieties, but truthfully there are more styles, and a good designer will help you choose the best style for your design and space. in fact, we invite you to take a look at our window treatment page here on the site for inspiration!
Wow this valance really adds style to the window area
Do You Speak Cornice?
If cornice isn't your first language, don't worry...because it's actually a design tool for your windows.
If you have been confused about the difference between a valance and a cornice, you aren't alone. While there are similarities such as they both top a window, A valance is a short fabric or drapery panel with a curtain or drapery rod to hold it up. Some valances are stapled to a backboard, but they always have a soft appearance whether casual or formal.
A cornice is a box-like wooden valance which is usually crafted from plywood and then covered in paint, wallpaper or fabric and then it is mounted to the wall above the window. Some cornices are carved with attractive arches or notching, while others can be cut from beautiful wood and stained to look wonderful without a covering.
Here is an example of a wood cornice with blinds
Here we see the use of a soft fabric valance and curtains
What about curtains?
Curtains are the most recognizable window accessory there is. At its basic core it is a fabric designed to block light or provide privacy, but truly they are so much more. Curtains are available in ready-made or custom crafted panels.
Drapery is integral to any good room design and they play a large part in the aesthetics of a given space. Curtains are not just bit players in the grand scheme of the room, they are in fact major players that can add the right touch to your decor. They can add charm, create a romantic feel, or create an inviting space for guests.
The best designs incorporate the correct type of fabric and details into the curtains and in doing so they can add the feeling of height to a room, make the window feel more prominent, and add the perfect splash of color to any palette (need ideas...check out our window treatment page).
While we could spend hours discussing all the wonderful ways you can treat a window, it ultimately comes down to a bit of creativity (wow, I think we might have touched on that last blog) and a little bit of knowledge. Hopefully we have imparted some today. For additional ideas or questions, reach out to us here on the blog or by phone and we can help you with the best choices for your space.
As always, drop us a comment or look through our window treatment page to see different inspirational ideas. Our Decorating and Before and After pages have some fabulous window treatments created by our designer Debbie McCarter as well.
The bold graphic of the curtains is pulled onto the couch with a matching pillow