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Choosing The Right Window Treatment Accessories

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window-treatment-accessoriesWhether for a residential or commercial space, form and function are both an important basis for selecting window treatments. Curtains come in all sizes and colors from neutral floor length drapes to geometric pattern valances. It is essential for the material to compliment the curtain style in order to obtain a cohesive design. Window treatments should then be coupled with decorative, stylish and functional hardware.

The professionals at Shading System share expert advice when it comes to choosing the right window treatment accessories to best compliment your curtain, window and overall design style of your space. When designing your window treatment, begin selecting the style and material for your curtains before choosing hardware.

Rods Anchor

Curtain rods act as a foundation for window treatments, no matter the design style. Based on the rod style, width and length, you can then determine the type of end caps, finials, brackets, and tiebacks that will mesh with the design style. Since curtains vary in weight, different rods are designed to hold more or less weight to balance the curtain. For example you may have a modern and sleek style, which will require a thinner rod, usually in a brushed nickel or metallic finish.

For stationary curtains, you will need a standard curtain rod, sash rod, cafe rod, or simple white tension rod. Meanwhile, for mechanical-operated curtains you will need a traverse rod. If you opt for a layered design, this involves heavier curtains, which requires an installation of both a curtain rod and traverse rod. Instead of harsh pulling with your hands, traverse rods act to draw the drapery panels across the window.

Emphasize with Rings

Curtain rings help to create and define the space between the rod and curtain. A curtain ring, also known as a drapery ring, features a small clip that fastens to and holds up part of the curtain. Certain designs expose curtain rods, such as pinch pleat, inverted pleat and grommet top. Rings allow for a simple and seamless option to attach a curtain for materials such as metal or wood.

Tabs Hold Heavy Curtains

Tabs are the exposed loops of fabric that slide along the curtain rod. Tabs are often used when the weight of the curtain is too heavy to be held by a ring. Hanging heavy curtains with rings can cause the clips to pull and damage the top edge of the fabric. Another benefit of tabs is that they directly attach to rods, which makes them more economical because they require far less fabric than pencil-pleated and French-pleated curtains.

Hooks Are Multifunctional

For a timeless design in your window treatment, hooks are an effective solution to keep your drapes drawn. Hooks secure a curtain to one side of a window, allowing any desired amount of sunlight to enter the room. Hooks are also used to secure a curtain rod to the bracket and in place of rings.

Finish off with Finials

Finials are distinctive ornaments that cover each end of the curtain rod, which bring the entire curtain display together. It is best to select your finial based on the material and finish of your curtain rod. There are endless design options to choose from such as metal, wood, ceramic, glass, molded resin or rattan. Finials are interchangeable, making them an easy item to update should you change the design of your room.

Bringing It All Together

The window treatment you choose should encompass the overall design of your residential or commercial space. By selecting the curtain style and material first, you will have a basis for the type of hardware you will need and want to feature in your home. To find the best window style for your home or commercial space, contact Shading Systems today!

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