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Window Treatment Tips from Rene Dekker

  • by Charles the Concierge

Every interior designer will tell you that a window treatment can most certainly make a room however; a luxury interior designer will inform you that this is only the case when exactly the correct treatment is chosen with extreme precision and care. Some say using a talented and skilled designer is like investing in quality. The real skill in designing, sourcing supplies and hanging beautiful curtains is a craft best left to skilled professionals such as René Dekker Design.

When it comes to choosing a particular curtain design, there are many details to be considered such as fabric, colour, tailoring and those vital finishing touches. From different lengths and linings to pelmets and poles, picking the right curtains for your windows can be a tricky business, but René Dekker will most certainly be able to steer you through the labyrinth of options.

The quality and amount of natural light that filters through a window plays a big part in the decision making process when it comes to choosing the perfect scheme. If it’s direct sunlight, this can be hugely damaging to furniture and fabrics and the effects of fading can be irreparable. A well thought-out treatment will help prevent damage from fading, but still allow important natural light to enter the room. For example, a sheer, neutral fabric or frosting will allow just enough natural light to come through while also preventing damaging UV rays from entering the room. The additional benefit of these two options is that as well allowing vital light, they will also provide plenty of privacy.

The next thing you need to take into consideration is the use of a room. You may need darkness for a bedroom, such as a blackout lining or shutters or if you are interested in some warmth and quiet, almost any fabric can be interlined with a thick, insulating felt material, or interlining – a piece of fabric slipped between the lining and the face fabric. These solutions are similarly what give curtains both their body and luxurious thickness.

When the function of the curtain treatment is finally decided, fabric and colour are the next area you will need to think about. The different fabrics you choose will dictate the effectiveness of your curtains over time. Different interior designers favour layering, choosing two or three different fabrics to create drama or add texture, others pick suede, velvet, tapestry, or sometimes event weed, as their weight helps create a lovely hanging line that helps both block light and keep heat in. René Dekker however thinks linen, silk and velvet are the best choices to use for all window treatments as they tend to hang the best.

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