Design 102: Customizing Your Window Coverings | JC Licht


Design 102: Customizing Your Window Coverings

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Now that you know the basics of window treatment design, it's time to discuss customization. We're sharing the ins and outs of designing custom window treatments for your Chicago home. 

Window Treatments Affect Ambiance

No room is complete without eye-catching window treatments. Use yours to enhance or alter the feel of any space, whether casual, formal, or anything in between. Window treatments can make a room cool and edgy or comfy and cozy; it's up to you. Consider how you want your space to feel when you're at home or how you want guests to feel when they come over. Color, texture, and pattern can all affect the overall ambiance of the space.

Soft vs. Hard Window Coverings

Do you want the structure and functionality of hard window coverings like horizontal blinds or shutters, or would you prefer the touch of soft window coverings like fabric drapery or shades? Soft treatments are the best choice if you're looking for light diffusion, while hard treatments can be easily adjusted for perfect light and privacy. Layering soft treatments with hard treatments is a fantastic way to enjoy the best of both worlds. 

Controlling Your Custom Window Treatments

Choosing how to control your window coverings is one of the most important decisions when customizing them. Most window treatments have cordless options for safety and aesthetics. There are several manual control systems, including push/pull, retractable cords, and motorized wands to accommodate every preference. Automation is the best choice if you want the most value and convenience from your new window coverings. 

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Fabrics with Flair

You can choose from hundreds of fabrics for custom shades and drapery. The material you select should reflect the room's overall mood and offer the necessary functionality. Linen drapery panels aren't the best choice for a formal setting, just as sheer shades may not deliver the performance you need in a bedroom. Remember that solid colors can be fun, and patterns can be subtle, so don't feel restricted to one or the other. 

Don't Forget About Hardware

Attractive hardware is ideal for every custom window covering but is essential for drapery. Drapery hardware is prominently displayed and can make or break the overall look. Choose single or double-rod setups, and elevate the aesthetic with elegant finials. Coordinate the hardware's finish with flooring, trim, or metal accents in the room. Upgrades to exclusive hardware options are available with many Hunter Douglas window treatments. 

Top Treatments

Top treatments are a fantastic touch, even if you prefer a minimalist look. A sleek cornice is the perfect accent to the clean lines of roller or flat Roman shades. Consider a valence if you're looking for something more dramatic. Give your bedroom a dreamy, romantic vibe with floor-length drapery topped with an elegant top treatment. 

Custom Window Coverings for Chicago Homes

Partner with JC Licht to create custom window coverings that wow. We are Chicago's leading retailer of Hunter Douglas window treatments, Benjamin Moore paint, and designer wallpaper

Stop by one of our showrooms across the Midwest or book an in-home consultation. You can count on JC Licht to Make it Happen! JC Licht is the preferred provider of Hunter Douglas products for the Midwest and Chicagoland. Contact us today!


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