They say the eyes are the windows to the soul, and windows are like the eyes of your home. The right window dressing can go a long way to creating the vibe you want your home to give off. But how do you make sure you create the right mood?
Establish a Welcoming Mood
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We all want our friends and family to feel comfortable when they visit. Create a welcoming atmosphere guests will love with just a few changes to your windows. Earthy colors like greens and deep yellows create a warm, inviting atmosphere in any room; floral patterns create a homey feel.
Try layering sheer curtains to create an airy, open space with lots of sunshine, or using thicker fabrics to create a cozy atmosphere. When paired with great furniture and a smiling host, your guests will never want to leave.
Set a Romantic Mood
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If you’re planning for a romantic evening with your special someone, setting a romantic mood is as easy as changing your curtains. Long curtains with lots of folds and draping, sheer fabrics, and beautiful tie-backs all help create a romantic atmosphere.
While red and purple are the go-to romantic colors, a soft pastel such as pink or white will also add to that special mood. For something out of the ordinary, try a soft floral patterns or a beaded fringe.
Create an Elegant Mood
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If you’re hosting a formal event, an elegant tone is what you’re looking for. The stark contrast of black and white creates a modern feel, and an unusual pattern or design adds artistic flair. Try pairing a black-and-white patterned curtain with clean white window shades. If patterns aren’t your thing, try adding a bright pop of red or purple into the mix instead. Both patterns and eye-catching colors add visual interest, but don’t overdo them. A clean, modern simplicity will add just the right amount of class to your formal event.
Set a Relaxing Mood
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After a long day, we all want to sit back and relax in the comfort of our homes. The right window treatment can actually help you unwind and feel laid back. The color blue has a calming effect on the human brain, so try some blue curtains in an airy fabric to create a serene atmosphere.
Earth tones like browns and deep reds create warmth, which can also be very soothing. Try these colors in your bedroom to create a more relaxing, restful atmosphere.
Project an Energizing Mood
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Sometimes it isn’t relaxation you need, but something to get you on your feet and moving. Whether for a party or just because you want to add some zing to your day, adding bright colors will create that energized feeling you’re looking for. Sheer curtains allow natural light to flow into a room, making you feel brighter. Try bright citrus yellow or a peppery orange and find a pattern that pops. These colors not only wake you up, but they make your room look larger.
We all want our homes to show our personalities. Use these decorating tips to make sure your windows create the mood you want them to!
Kerry Jones is a food blogger and freelance writer/editor based in Tampa, FL. When she’s not experimenting in her kitchen, she’s trying to make her cat the next viral sensation. You can check out her recipes on her blog, Snark and Pepper.