Not all homes or rooms demand a formal and proper atmosphere. In fact, most of us desire rooms that provide comfort, relaxation, and a casual space for communication with guests or with other family members. If you’re looking for a window treatment that suits a casual style of living of if you’re looking for something that is much more subdued and casual and will tone down a lively home, a casual style of window treatment can be your best friend. Read on to see what we have learnt is the best way to improve any room’s casual edge.
One key trick is to stick to more traditional or transitional options. Anything that feels too contemporary will stand out and draw your attention away from the rest of the room’s relaxing feel. The same also goes for anything too classic or antiquated. Anything that feels too alternative or unusual in comparison to the décor and architecture of your home should be steered clear of. That doesn’t mean your window treatments should be boring, but aim to keep them subdued and subtly striking instead of boldly beautiful. This rule applies to both the type and the colour and print of the window treatments you choose.
Unless you’re hoping your home will have an especially warming or cooling quality, the best casual window treatments have fairly neutral colour palettes. Whilst nudes, beiges, and taupes work fantastically as casual tones for blinds and curtains that are striking and very fashionable today, you can stretch out to your favourite colours such as reds and blues, but opt for muted or pastel tones that won’t overpower any casual and informal room settings. Bolder accents will work, but try to keep these minimal, such as printed or boldly coloured tiebacks, that add style but don’t detract too much attention.
Soft and sheer
Installing translucent blinds or drapes can also help you achieve the casual window treatments you’re after. By providing some shade and shelter from the outdoor light and heat, translucent drapes or blinds won’t restrict all light, and will give your home a casual and flowing atmosphere dependent on the weather outside. While opaque window treatments have their functions, they can be restrictive. Sheer fabrics make excellent choices for casual window treatments because of the subtle colour they can contribute to your home. Never overbearing but always beautiful, sheer window treatments are a great way to keep your home both beautiful and casual at the same time.
No matter what other options you consider for a casual style of window treatment, you would do well to find a more suitable option than simple curtains. If you stick to lighter fabrics in both weight and colour, and stay away from intense prints and tones, you’ll be able to provide an elegant but casual window treatment for your room or home. The length of your curtains also comes into play when you’re looking for a casual option. Whilst longer curtains will give the impression of heavier and grander curtains, and also the allure of added expense and luxe, shorter curtains have a more relaxed and low maintenance style making them the perfect casual option.