Window treatments can put the exclamation point on a well designed room, or they can just cover the windows. If you want to move yours from the latter to the former, check out two stories on curtains in May magazines.
Better Homes and Gardens magazine offers a quick one-page guide to curtains. The piece concentrates on ready-made panels–one of the most convenient and affordable window treatments–and provides information on choosing the right length and width, how to hang them, and how to make them energy efficient for hot and cold weather.
For a more detailed and illustrated guide, turn to Real Simple magazine‘s four-page story that opens with an almost-full-page photograph of a sunny room draped in bright yellow curtains. With input from two drapery consultants and Real Simple’s decorating editors, the story walks readers through 10 steps toward choosing the perfect window coverings.
Starting with function, which will help determine whether you should go with lined or unlined curtains; then moving along to fabric and color based on the feel and color scheme of the room. Length and width, heading (that’s the top part of the curtain), and different kinds of rods are also discussed.