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Timber Home Living - - Drawing Board -

QShould I cover the wall of win­dows and sev­eral smaller win­dows in my great room?

ABEFORE MAK­ING A DE­CI­SION on this topic, first an­swer this ques­tion: Do I have a sun, heat or cold prob­lem that must be eased with win­dow cov­er­ings? If there are en­vi­ron­men­tal re­quire­ments, pleated shades or cur­tain pan­els could han­dle the work load. Keep fab­ric to a min­i­mum be­cause you’re try­ing to high­light that large open win­dow. It’s a good rule of thumb to keep fab­ric win­dow treat­ments min­i­mal through­out a tim­ber frame home, but you don’t have to elim­i­nate them al­to­gether. If you use wooden blinds, choose the wood color care­fully. It needs to con­trast pleas­antly with or blend into the wood of the frame.

Be­cause tim­ber homes are so open, of­ten many ar­eas are viewed at once. For this rea­son, win­dow treat­ments should also be com­pat­i­ble and com­ple­ment each other. In pub­lic ar­eas, they need to have neigh­bor­li­ness — a com­mon de­nom­i­na­tor in color, tex­ture or ba­sic style. In pri­vate ar­eas, use what­ever treat­ment is most pleas­ing to the look and func­tion of the space.

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