Kristen FenclSpecial to the Bonanza

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June 22, 2012
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Tahoe home improvement: Terrific window treatment tips

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Strictly speaking, windows, along with walls, floors and ceilings, form the “shell” of any room. Your windows may be treated to blend unobtrusively into the background, or take center stage in your room’s design.However you chose to treat your windows, they are really a decorating opportunity to help you set your room’s mood and style.Before you look into the wide range of possibilities, analyze your window needs and determine just what you want your window beauty treatment to do. Here are some terrific window treatment tips to help you along in the process!Want to hide an unattractive view without shutting out sunlight? Why not try framing your windows with beautiful printed or textured sheer side panels?Add some splash! Try accenting your window treatments with tiebacks, fringe or beads. It’s not only a clever way Add some drama! Decorative rods, brackets and finials have expanded dramatically and beautifully in today’s marketplace. From wood, to metal, to unusual materials, today’s rod choices are varied, unlimited and gorgeous!Large Room? Small Windows? By extending your window treatment side panels and top treatments beyond the edges of small windows, your room will actually appear just a bit larger and more expansive. Small Room? Small Windows? Try to keep your window treatment design, and color simpler in style. You’ll definitely find that your room will tend to appear larger.Scrumptious Side Panels! Consider framing the beauty of your windows with scrumptious side panels. From silks, to tapestries, to sheer fabrics, side panels truly add beauty, flair and excitement to any window design.Shady Shades! Never before have Roman shades been as popular as they are today! These beauty shades provide privacy in the most decorative of ways! — Kristen Fencl, CID, is an interior decorator and owner of Decorating Dens. Learn more at,-or call 775-832-8012.

Great top treatments are the crowing glory of any window treatment. Sheers, over-draperies or side panels are shown at their best, when a top treatment has been added. Top treatments are truly unique and make a definite statement that shows your special style and personality.What better way to set off your dining room, than with a custom designed window treatment complete with a dramatic top treatment!Top treatments can actually save you energy, transform the height and width of your windows, coordinate with other fabrics in the room, and best of all, they can cover up utilitarian drapery hardware and rods. The most attractive drapery can be spoiled by opening it and exposing plain white rods.The simplest and most well known top treatment is probably a pleated or shirred valance. Made like its traversing drapery counterpart, it helps to finish off the treatment and carry the fabric and color across the window area.These valances can be dressed up with scallops, trims, braiding, or even a contrasting fabric to set it off from your main drapery fabric.No matter what style you choose, a distinctive top treatment will surely be a beautiful focal point in your dining room design.

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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Jun 22, 2012 11:00AM Published Jun 22, 2012 10:59AM Copyright 2012 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.