To help residents here at Bethesda Gardens get started personalizing their homes, we've compiled a list of questions to consider when selecting window treatments and seven ideas for inspiration.
When researching window coverings, the massive variety available on the market can be overwhelming. However, seniors can simplify the decision-making process by considering three key questions.
Bedroom windows can greatly influence sleep quality. Blackout curtains and thermal drapes that block the intense light and heat of the sun can make sleeping conditions more comfortable. This is especially true during Fort Worth summers, when the sun doesn't set until late evening.
Houseplant enthusiasts may enjoy using sheers to allow ample amounts of light within their room. On the other hand, movie buffs might benefit from curtains that prevent screen glare.
Personal taste and existing decor are crucial factors to consider when selecting window treatment styles. For example, curtains with lots of lacy ruffles may add a charming complement to a room with an antique doll collection. A living room with a rustic interior design, however, may be better served with burlap fabrics or faux wood blinds.
From DIY projects to coordinating home decor sets, the internet offers seniors a wealth of window treatment ideas to explore. Here are seven of our favorites.
Also called picture or scenery curtains, artwork curtains offer seniors a view even when closed. Styles range from realistic photographs to oil paintings, letting older adults pick an inspiring location that stirs pleasant thoughts or a nostalgic scene that reminds them of a favorite vacation.
DIY rag curtains are easy to fashion out of strips of fabric. No sewing or glue guns are needed, as the design is created through a simple knotting process using lark's head or cow hitch knots. Valances can also be fashioned this way from a single row of strips.
The project can be done in multiple ways, including using fabric that matches your existing decor. Old clothing could also be used to create a memory-style piece. The length can be kept uniform to create a clean edge or varied to add visual interest.
Interior designers use curtains to create the illusion of space in a small area. More light is let in by hanging curtains higher and wider than the window itself, and the gaze of viewers is instinctively drawn up and out, following the curtain. This makes the room feel more spacious and airy.
Quote curtains offer seniors the chance to make a statement to visitors, showing off a favorite Bible verse or saying. Also called inspirational or motivational curtains, the panels can be an uplifting way to start the day by giving seniors an encouraging message as they draw them open each morning.
String light curtains make a cheerful accessory to window decor. Like holiday lights, these strands can be used inside existing window coverings to be seen from the outside or within the room itself to brighten windows after the sun sets.
Used frequently as holiday and party decorations, the sparkling lights let seniors add a soft ambiance to a room at night that pairs well with a gentle lamp or night light.
Window films are a quick but simple way to bring privacy and interest to senior living apartments. Frosted glass, stained-glass motifs and floral designs are just a few available styles, ensuring individuals can easily find a favorite version. If you opt for a film that attaches by static cling, you can swap it out on a whim to match the changing seasons or a holiday.
The benefits of window film extend beyond decoration. Many films block harmful UV rays from the sun, making it safer to sit for long periods near windows while reading or relaxing. The protection also reduces fading on furniture, photographs and artwork caused by sunlight exposure.
A valance adds an appealing finished look to window decor, and the accessory can be made at home using inexpensive materials such as cardboard and foam. The entire project makes a fun afternoon DIY for crafty seniors handy with a glue gun, and the finished appearance is highly customizable with a variety of shapes.
Residents can ask the Bethesda Gardens staff for help measuring the windows and hanging the completed project. Seniors can invite some of their neighbors who also want to redecorate to join them in the activity room and turn the experience into a group project.
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