The way a window is 'dressed' can dramatically affect how a room feels as well as how good it looks both inside and outside of the house.
Window treatments can be used purely for decorative reasons as well as for the ability to control light and sound, temperature within the room and for providing privacy.
curtains and drapes
The type and quantity of fabric used for curtains as well as the rod should be chosen according to the style of window and room as well as for practicality. These days, most people prefer casual styling and easy-care fabrics as opposed to heavy and exotic drapes which often require expensive cleaning.
Natural fabrics have gorgeous colour and texture and can add warmth and interest to any room.
While they do tend to crush more than synthetic fibres, naturals like cotton, wool and linen are relatively easy to care for and, for their obvious comfort and appeal, are making a huge come back in decorating.
Softly gathered or 'tab top' curtains are a popular choice for a casual looking window treatment and can be used in combination with simply styled wooden or metal rods.
With most lounge areas now being used as media rooms, full darkening is required for daytime movie and game viewing. A choice is therefore needed to allow the light in or block it out as needed. Curtaining with black-out backing is an option, and these can be found in department stores in 'ready made' styles. Alternatively, these can be custom made to your specifications.