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Ready For Some Window Treatments? 3 Tips For Covering Up Your Windows

Adding treatments to your windows can really change the look and feel of your home. Window treatments are an easy way to class-up your home. Window treatments can also help you more effectively keep your home at the right temperature throughout the year. Here are a few tips to keep in mind as you start covering up your windows.

#1 Curtains & Blinds Work Together

You don't have to go either or with curtains and blinds. You can use both. Blinds are nice as they hang close to the window and allow you to look outside and let in light while still getting some privacy. Curtains go well over blinds because they allow you to set the tone for a room and give you even greater control over light and privacy.

For example, if you want light and privacy, you can have your blinds open and your curtains closed. If you want it to be darker, you can close both your curtains and your blinds.

#2 Go for a Long Look

When hanging up curtains, keep in mind that your curtains don't have to be the same size as your windows. It is perfectly okay to hang your curtains close to the ceiling and allow your curtains to go all the way down to the floor. Puddling curtains on the floor, where you allow a few inches of fabric to rest on the floor, is a popular decorating technique. Putting up longer curtains can add a feeling of height to your room. Choose a curtain length that works for your home.

If you are purchasing curtain panels that are already made, go for longer ones. You can hem up the curtain panels to the right length for your home.

#3 Go for Lots of Fullness

Third, when putting up curtains, make sure that they are nice and full. You need the width of your curtains to be greater than the width of your window so that you have the right fullness. Curtains are not made to be pulled tight, they are made to have folds. You generally want your curtains to be two to three times the width of your windows in order to get that perfect "curtain" effect.

Upgrade your home with window coverings. Remember, blinds and curtains can work together. When choosing curtains, going longer will create a feeling of greater height. When buying curtains, keep in mind you want to have about double or triple the width of fabric compared to the width of your window in order to get the right fold effect with your windows.