Covering your house’s windows is an imperative task that adds to the overall aesthetics of your house. But no matter how crucial it is, you can’t ignore the dent it puts on your budget. Even the simplest window covers can cost you in hundreds and consume plenty of your time during their installation.
Markets are filled with all kinds of window cover varieties from curtains to panels and shades. Each of these varieties has something unique to offer which should be taken into account when you are about to seal the deal.
Decorating your house can be fun if you are someone who likes to challenge their creativity. What colors go with what pattern and what cover a variety of compliments which house type, are the kind of decisions that needs designing insights and trends knowledge.
Following are the few creative cover ideas for your windows that can help you design your windows’ covers efficiently:
1. Invest in Shades
Before elaborating on this, we must clear the air around the characteristics of an efficient window cover. After analyzing its uses and purposes, we have concluded that window covers should provide privacy, ventilation, essential lighting and suitable heat to an intended room.
Shade sails might sound unusual to be suggested for a creative window cover idea, but its application justifies its inclusion in the list. For one, these sails filter out harmful rays such as ultraviolet and other violent rays that come with sunlight inside your house.
These shade sails ensure that the dust, light, heat and any other outside elements don’t enter your house directly. This is possible because of its unique installation outside of the house instead of the conventional interior set up.
Aside from its usual purpose, it goes beyond that by protecting your windows against other natural vices as well. The only downside of it is that it doesn’t add much to the design and interior of your house, and you might want to spend some extra bucks on your windows to satisfy your aesthetic needs.
2. The Modern Curtains
We all know that the conventional methods to cover windows were related to fabrics as well, but their present form is much more evolved and effective. One thing that the evolution of curtains has taught us is that the reach of your creativity is as high as your imagination if left to its own devices.
We’ve moved on from hanging a simple fabric to cover our windows to using elaborate design to decorate our curtain hangings. Curtain clippers, hangers, dividers, and few other accessories have added so many layers in simple window decoration.
Furthermore, there is so much that you can do with the window panes in a certain setting. For one, the lacy curtain hangings can add a vintage touch to your curtains, and different color combinations can complement the interior of your room as well.
3. Play with the Fabrics
There is plenty of room to play with fabrics in terms of designing and utility. You can either attach fabric stencils to the glass of your windows or install fabric panels on it. These panels can be controlled both manually and automatically. The fabric types used for these panels are mostly cotton and linen as they possess efficient light filtration properties.
You can either use an opaque or transparent fabric to fashion your panels depending on your privacy requirements. Moreover, the designing possibilities for these panels are endless, ranging from a simple double rod pull-up panel to some patterned or lacy styles.
Creating a pocket for rod insertion in these fabric panels is similar to how it is done in a simple curtain hanging. You can either stitch or glue the folded fabric and then insert a rod in it to be hanged from your window panes. The mechanism to install a pull-up panel is much more complex than a usual one, but its operation is much easier than other panel types.
4. Bamboo Window Panels
Bamboo panels have been around for years and are still in fashion due to their efficiency. Mostly thin bamboo sticks are pulled together tightly in a panel and then hanged from a windowpane by support. It allows enough light to filter through it to ventilate an average size room efficiently. Note that the number of widows also decides how these panels affect the flow of air in your house.
The natural colors of bamboo accentuate the design and interior of your house without looking too overbearing. Aside from the design and ventilation, the privacy aspect of your room is never compromised since it depends on the grouping of bamboo sticks. The closer they are, the better it will be for your privacy.
You don’t have to do much when it comes to its installation. Simply hang it on a pair of nails or stick-on hooks and the cover is operational immediately.
5. Potted Plants & Greenery
Unlike other suggestions, this one doesn’t need to be installed and requires minimum efforts from you in terms of handiwork. Just line your window panes with potted plants of different sizes and shapes. You can try to pick a theme by specifically choosing the plant types. Some people line their window panes with cacti while others opt for money plants.
The sizes of the pots determine what level of cover your windows can get from certain plants. You can build a shelf against the glass of the window and line it with tiny plants as well. Moreover, you can hang money plants in pots, baskets, and bottles from a windowpane to create an artificial forest look around your windows.
Such aesthetics will garner more attention from the bystanders if your house is vintage, traditional or simply ancient. The rustic appearance complements the striking green color palette of the vegetation on your and around your windows.
6. Chose the Glass Type Wisely
If you find picking a window cover too tiresome then you can simply invest in an efficient glass type. There are tinted, fogged and embossed glasses that obscure the inside view from the onlookers without compromising on the light filtration.
You will receive dimmed and indirect lighting and heat inside your house. This kind of cover is suitable for cold and freezing places that need heat but without the interruption of chilling air. The only downside of this twist on window covers is that your house won’t be ventilated properly unless you open your window regularly for this purpose.
Choosing a window cover depends on the climate and environment of the place and neighborhood you live in, respectively. Make sure to judge a window cover not only based on its design but its utility as well.