Before we dive in, allow me to create the structure for my argument. I think we can all agree that there are numerous cultural romantic axioms. By an early age, most have an understanding of this. We grow up with them and they are reinforced through movies, television, books, and more; indeed just about everywhere. Ask a random person what constitutes a romantic evening and odds are they will tell you: a night out, dinner for two, flowers, flattering comments, soft music, muted lighting, etc. A romantic evening, or moment for that matter, is often the sum of its parts. And, women (especially) truly appreciate the details – a little forethought, beauty, manners, and even a little chivalry goes a long ways.
So, just what is the connection between romance and window treatments? I submit to you that the right window treatments foster several very important components of romance. Some are obvious, other less so.
First, the obvious:
Privacy – One of the basic functions of any window treatment is privacy. And, for most people, romance and privacy are synonymous. Privacy also fosters a feeling of safety, this too is important for romance.
Light Control – lighting is critical, and the other basic function for any window treatment is light control. This can range from soft muted light to total room darkening.
The less obvious:
Beauty – besides the functionality listed above, quality custom window treatments add beauty. Women appreciate beauty. Women appreciate men who care enough to provide beauty. Don’t worry, it doesn’t have to be girly and flowery. It can be a male interpretation of aesthetics. It’s the thoughtful details that add up.
Setting the mood – quality, custom window treatments can really pull a room’s look together, complementing existing colors, offering greater texture, and visual interest. This is part of the “sum of the details,” I referred to earlier. Put it all together, and the impression you make is supremely positive – a person on top of the details that matter – someone worthy of being taken seriously.
Getting involved in the home – maybe your significant other has been wanting you to get more involved in the home. But, you couldn’t summon enough interest to help her pick out new flatware. You could care less if your new plates had yellow flowers or pink flowers on them. But ordering and installing (don’t worry, required tools are minimal) new, super-cool window treatments could be your way of getting involved, while still preserving your guy-ness. Big points my friend.
Still not convinced? Imagine if you will, returning home after a lovely meal, filled with flowers, holding doors open, and pleasant conversation to a home, nicely decorated with, maybe, some remote control/motorized cellular shades that you recently selected and installed (don’t worry it’s easy). You enter the room and pick up your remote control and with a single “click” of a button, all the shades lower. You walk over and turn on some romantic music. The lights are dimmed, the music is on, the room is private and cozy – now that sound’s romantic, no?