Embarking on a renovation or building a new home is an exciting endeavor, and every decision you make contributes to the overall aesthetics and functionality of your space. A crucial consideration that deserves careful thought and is often overlooked at the discovering & planning phase are window coverings. The right window treatments enhance the ambiance of a home but also provide functionality such as privacy, controlling and diffusing natural light, energy efficiency on the windows and can complement the overall design. Window coverings are also a significant budget consideration, making them an essential part of the project overview.
Understanding the Importance of Window Coverings.
Windows play a pivotal role in the design and functionality of any space. They contribute to the overall architectural appeal and allow natural light to flow through. When designing a space that will require privacy or light control, window coverings need to be thoughtfully planned from conception. Architects, builders, and designers have always liked using specialty window sizes, shapes, and functions that can make window coverings a difficult installation. Ensuring there is a covering that will both function on these windows and fit your budget is imperative.
Determining the Right Time:
Ideally, window coverings are considered as soon as possible – even before windows are ordered for the project. Here are key considerations to help you determine when to consider window coverings in your renovation or build process:
- Architectural Design and Planning: During the initial stages of architectural design and planning, it’s essential to consider the placement, size, and style of windows. Understanding the role each window will play in the room’s design and functionality is always an important phase in the design process and at the same time, contemplating the window covering selection to ensure you can achieve the functionality that you expect from them is important. If you are installing specialty windows such as European tilt & turn, specialty shapes, extremely large or small windows, or have angled or vaulted ceilings – you should be consulting a window covering professional at this phase of your design.
- Budgeting and Prioritization: Just like cabinets or appliance packages, window coverings can be a significant part of the overall budget of a design. Including window coverings in your budget from the beginning allows you to prioritize this aspect appropriately. We see all too often clients who have left these decisions to the last minute when funds are spoken for and end up compromising on quality or going without window coverings at all.
- Construction Phase: Window coverings often require specific structural elements, such as brackets or recesses, for proper installation. Hardwiring for motorization has become increasingly popular and should be considered here. Addressing these requirements during the construction phase ensures seamless integration, avoiding the need for costly modifications later on.
- Coordination with Interior Design: Collaborating with your interior designer early in the process allows for a cohesive approach to the overall design. Window coverings should complement the chosen colour scheme, furnishings, and decor, and considering them early ensures a harmonious blend with the interior aesthetics. If you are working with an interior designer who doesn’t include window coverings in the overall design, you need to ask for this to be included. Often interior designers are not comfortable with the complexities of window coverings and therefore don’t include this in the conversation. This is a big mistake, clients shouldn’t be left to figure it out on their own after a project is complete.
- Climate Considerations: If you live in an area with extreme weather conditions, choosing window coverings that offer insulation or UV protection may be crucial. Considering these factors early in the process ensures that your windows are equipped to handle the climate effectively.
Window Coverings are not a minor detail in the overall design of a renovation or building project. Their impact on the overall atmosphere and functionality of a space is significant – we typically use window coverings every day, once or more, in our residential spaces. Addressing window coverings at the right time during the planning and construction stages allows for seamless integration that enhances both the aesthetics and practicality of your home. By understanding the importance of window coverings and their timing in the renovation or build process, you can make informed decisions that contribute to creating a space that is not only visually appealing but also comfortable and functional.