Tips For Choosing Dining Room Window Treatments

The dining room can serve many purposes in your day-to-day living. The dining room can be a little-used formal space or the casual hub of your family. It can also be a room where you want to host guests and sit down with the kids for homework night. As such, choosing window treatments for this room can be tricky. Evaluate your use of the room, and choose draperies that match both its décor and your lifestyle.

Decide on the Level of Formality

Deciding on the level of formality of your room is a two-step process. First of all, be honest in how – and how much – you use the room. Do you normally sit at the counter or a breakfast nook for eating? Does the dining room table double as a home office? Determining use helps you decide on how formal the space should be. Second, what is the rest of your dining room décor? If you have a wooden table or antique china cabinet, formal draperies may still be appropriate no matter how you use the space.

Match Style

The level of formality isn't the only determining factor in your window treatments. Your décor style should also drive your drapery choice. For example, if your overall décor style is contemporary, you'll want to choose modern treatments. This could be monochromatic draperies or cellular shades. A chic country living room calls for patterned curtains over wooden blinds. Roman shades could be appropriate for vintage or eclectic style.

Choose Light Control

Your use of the dining room does determine the level of light control needed. It all depends on when you use the space and what the sun is doing to your room at that time. If you want the light, gauzy curtain panels may be the appropriate level of light control. Or you may want to hang blinds to better control the light. Home and Garden TV recommends wooden blinds because they can let a lot of light or almost none in, depending on the position of the louvers.

Finish the Look

Draperies and blinds are the only aspects of your window treatments. There's some hardware involved, such as rods and finishings. You don't want to attend to the design of the draperies and forget those aspects of the look. You'll also need to decide what, if any, topper you want. Adding a valance or cornice makes the effect more formal. Finally, rings and tie-backs finish the look of curtains. Choose those according to your desired overall effect.

Let your choice in dining room draperies and blinds reflect the room's use and décor style. Check out a store like House Of Drapery for more ideas.