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By : Jilda Peterson    99 or more times read
Window treatments can be the icing on the cake, in the case of a well-decorated room. Custom window treatments, in particular, can be especially attractive. You can certainly find many ready-to-hang window treatments in a home good store, but with customized treatments you can add detailing that complements the room’s decor with perfection. There are several ways to create custom window treatments: You can sew them yourself, purchase treatments from a custom window treatment specialist or customize ready-to-hang options to fit your style. Here are some ideas to inspire you.

Basic Considerations

The first thing you need to do is accurately measure the window, taking careful measurements of its width and height; also measure the depth of an inset window. It’s also important to take a measurement from the floor to the curtain rod. If your window treatment calls for a café style rod, you also need to know the inside width of the window frame. To properly measure window treatments for a bay window, you must decide whether you want one large treatment to cover the entire curved space or whether you want to treat the entire bay window as three separate window panels; them make the appropriate measurements.

Zeroing in on Style

Without a doubt, there are thousands of window treatments to choose from, so deciding on the best option for your windows can be a challenge that takes some time. If you feel stumped on the look that you want for your windows, take some time to browse through home decor magazines, window treatment catalogs and online decor websites. You may come across the perfect window treatment that you would never have thought of on your own.

Also, let the style of the room, its architectural features and your overall decor also guide you. For example, if your room has soaring contemporary windows and modern decor, traditionally styled Cape Cod window treatments would look peculiar and out of style. Another factor to consider is how much natural light the room receives: A dark, north facing room will look brighter with light colored treatments. A window that receives full sun need some type of shades or blinds as part of the treatment so that you can easily control light levels. Also consider the need for privacy when planning your window treatments.

Getting a Custom Look
Once you know what you want, you can finally start moving toward creating that image in your mind. If you are sewing your own treatments, shop for fabric, bring swatches home to compare their color and pattern to other furnishings and features of the room. If you are having custom treatments made, the professional that you are dealing with will be able to guide your choices and make sure that the finished treatments will fit perfectly.

You can also customize off-the-rack curtains, drapes, shades or blinds. Mix and match various components, such as shades with sheers and curtains, to create a rich layered look. You can also use fabric paint, tassels and other trim to customize ready-to-hang curtains or shades.
With signature design style, Jilda Peterson, an online writer with, describes bold approaches to wooden wall hangings and tree of life wall sculpture.

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