"Why do you need rustic window treatments? Why not leave your windows bare?"
Picking the right window treatment is easier than you think! In this video Jennifer Adams shows you how to select the right window treatment for any room in your house. Although she is not talking specifically about rustic window treatments, the advice in the video still applies!
If your windows look out into the forest or over the lake, you may not need window coverings for privacy - but you will want window coverings for
Rustic window treatments should ooze "natural."
One more reason to consider window treatments for your cabin or lodge. Window coverings chosen to keep the cold or heat out will help conserve energy, increase your comfort, and even save on your heating or air conditioning bills. Lined curtains (thermal lining or interlining with insulate)will help, as will the use of heavier fabrics. Natural fabrics will offer more protection than synthetics.
In colder climates, consider a thermal lining which can be hung behind your country curtains in the winter and taken down for the summer.
"People often choose a fabric that is inappropriate for the style, like a loosely woven fabric for a tailored style, or a stiff fabric for draperies which should hang softly." Merle Ball, Drapery Maker
For a rustic look select heavy fabrics in warm colors with texture and/or patterns, or pick light natural cottons or lace, depending on the room, the window, and your decor. You can combine prints - stripes, plaids, checks, paisley etc., but keep the color scheme the same to make it work.
A valance or topper will define your window and add color and texture. Then add a blind or shade that can be pulled or rolled up to reveal the entire window while still giving you the option of privacy or light control. Vertical blinds also offer a great combination of open glass versus complete privacy.
Why have curtains when you can decorate your window with plants? Potted plants on shelves across the window will add life to your room - and the plants will love it.
Curtains that aren't full enough look cheap. To ensure your curtains have a rich, full feel to them here's a guide:
See how to take window measurements for your rustic window treatments.