Because of their size, windows are usually one of the first things we notice when entering a room. Thus, window treatments should make an impact, yet we often tend to stick to styles we’ve grown up with, without realizing that they are no longer in fashion. Gone are the days of unappealing Venetian blinds or extravagant window treatments that make your room look dated. Unless you have a palace, you can do without the heavy drapery, the swags of fabric, and the trimmings and tassels. Keep it light. Take advantage of the sunlight and breeze—we live in a tropical country, after all. Make it functional, but still pretty to look at.
UPDATE WINDOWS WITH SIMPLE CURTAINS.
The best type of fabric is cotton because it’s soft, and it “breathes.” But 100 percent cotton can wrinkle, so for smoother draping, go for cotton blends like those mixed with polyester. Choose printed or plain ones, as long as they complement the room’s décor. Don’t try too hard to match everything. Curtains made of the same fabric as your upholstery may be a bit overwhelming.
PAIR CURTAINS WITH LIGHT SHEER CURTAINS OR ROMAN SHADES.
Though not a necessity, they give you the option to block out the sun when it gets too bright. In more contemporary homes, they are used on their own.
ACCESSORIZE WITH A CURTAIN ROD.
The most common and most affordable rods are made of metal and plastic. A little pricier are those of wood and iron. They come in different colors like silver and gold—the common choices these days—although the faux wood design is also gaining popularity. Cap the ends with finials that suit your style and personality. You can go for simple shapes such as globe-like ends that lend a modern touch or the fleur-de-lis or spiral types that are more sophisticated. But there are other alternatives like tension wire and bamboo sticks for the more creative decorators.
Window dressing can be fun especially with the many choices now available. Experiment with different fabrics and pairings. Just remember: The key to an up-to-date window is simplicity.
(First published in Good Housekeeping, April 2008; photo by Ocs Alvarez)