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Dining Room Curtain Designs

Aug 17, 2007
Many of us enjoy entertaining others by hosting a home cooked or catered dinner in our dining rooms. An area set aside for the exclusive purpose of enjoying food should be warm, cozy, and attractive. One of the most important features of your dining area is likely to be the windows. Even at night, guests will probably notice the number and shape of your dining room windows, and the way they are decorated as part of your home's overall theme.

That is why it is a good idea to give some thought to the way that your windows are dressed. With many options to choose from, you will want to choose a design you can live with for years to come, as some dressings are expensive, and fittings can be time-intensive.

Venetian blinds offer a simple method of covering windows so that others cannot peer inside. They come in a variety of sizes, styles, and colors, so even this simple technique provides many opportunities for creativity and individualism. If you don't care for vinyl blinds, there are other styles to consider, as well. Some homeowners prefer the simplicity of hanging blinds that can be readily opened and closed rather than dealing with fabric drapes or curtain rods.

Another easy accent for your dining room windows is to hang a valance. This piece of fabric or other substance can be tailored to blend with the rest of the room's décor in a color that coordinates systematically throughout your home. Valances come in an array of lengths and styles, so even this simple drapery can provide you with choices that allow for custom design and decorating.

The next level of drapery sophistication might be sheers that come in a range of patterns, thickness, and designs. These add a gauzy look to the windows and work well with summer or light décor. In the winter, heavier draperies can be added for a layered look, with the heavier fabric tied back by day and loosened to hang down at night as a window covering. Keep in mind that sheers and draperies will need to be cleaned periodically. Sometimes you can use a hand vacuum to remove dust occasionally, and send them out for heavy-duty cleaning every six months or so.

Frilly curtains or tiebacks are available in many styles, including café-style, to give the room a casual, fun appearance. These curtains can match those in the kitchen, or coordinate with other window coverings throughout that level of your home.

When choosing window coverings, don't forget to factor in price, installation, cleaning, and replacement issues. Then shop with an open mind to get the best look for your dining room.
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