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Select colours and patterns

Once you know what type of room you have and whether a lighter or heavier window treatment will look better, then you can move on to picking colours and patterns. Some people select to match their curtains to a sofa that they have in the room. This is a great idea for rooms that do not contain much colour. Nevertheless, if the room is papered and the sofa is a dark colour or bold pattern, then this is not such a good idea. The blinds or other coverings should not be the focal point of a room. In general, the smaller the room the smaller the window coverings should be.

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Examine the room

The first thing to do is examine the room. What type of room is it? Are there a lot of windows? Is it gloomy during the day? What sort of furniture is in the room? These imquiries can help define the kind of window treatment that is necessary. If the room is already dark, then a lighter set of curtains might be the best option. Larger rooms can take heavier curtains. If the room is very small, then blinds might be the better option. The most crucial thing to keep in mind for this step is that the window coverings should complete the look of the room, but not detract from the overall appearance of it.

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Look at materials

The material of a curtain or blind can really make a difference in how a room feels. Heavy draperies can make a room feel stuffy, or in the right circumstances, regal. Bamboo blinds offer a different feel than metal blinds. A light, sheer material draped over a rod can make a room feel flippant and light or cold. It is always best to follow the theme of the room when choosing materials. Lighter materials often go best in airier rooms. Nevertheless, this rule can be broken in some cases. Playing around with different textures will yield the best results.

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