Treating the windows with fabrics and other materials is the easiest and most common way of furnishing the house. Window treatment can be classified into soft and hard. Soft window treatment is furnishing the windows with curtains and draperies. Curtains are thin fabrics which are used to cover the windows. They provide more light and less privacy to a house. Draperies are the thick fabrics which are used to cover the windows and they provide less light and more privacy.
Selection Of Curtains
Curtains should control light, heat and noise.
It should provide privacy.
The material purchased should be easy to wash and maintain and should not collect dirt easily.
It should neither be too light nor too heavy.
Curtains should add to the width of the windows.
It should suit the colour scheme of the house.
Curtains with large designs suit only large rooms, while those small designs are fit for use in small rooms.
Hard window treatment is treating the windows with blinds, shades, shutters, thoranams, beads, leaves etc.
Cushions are available in many sizes and shapes. We can select the cushions according to the size of the furniture on which they are placed. Cushions are used for comfort and relaxation. They are luxury and charm to the room.
Floor coverings are used to enhance the beauty of an ugly floor surface. Floor convering may be hard floor convering, which include wood, stone, marble, slate, brick, tile and concrete; Resilient floor converings which are smooth surface materials like asphalt tile, rubber tile, vinyls, cork and varieties of linoleum and soft floor converings are carpets and rugs which represent the major house furnishing.
The floor covering should be selected on the basis of function, wear, cost design; and the effect of covering on the overall decoration.
Carpets And Rugs
A carpet covers the entire floor area of the house. They create an illusion of space. Wall to wall carpets produce a feeling of warmth, quiet and luxury. A rug is single piece of floor covering made with a floor pattern or a border with fringe. Plain rugs add unity and warmth.
Points to be considered while buying Carpets and Rugs
Their design and colour should be in harmony with the general colour scheme.
They should be of durable material.
The edges of rugs should be well finished and clear.
They should prevent the floor surface noise.
Carpets should provide safe fitting and prevent slipping.
Maintenance of carpets and rugs should be easy.
Cost, character of the room, purpose, quality, design, utility, resiliency and abrasiveness are also the factors to be borne in mind.