Decorative drapery hardware
Since you don't want the whole neighborhood to be able to see into your living room at all hours of the day, it is important that you find a window treatment that will block wandering eyes, as well as light, from coming through your window.
A window treatment can be the focus of a room or can simply blend in, but no matter how much focus you put on your curtains or blinds, you need to ensure that they will stay attached to the wall.
Drapes can be heavier than you expect, so a sturdy drapery rod is very important. Wood and plastic rods can crack if you have heavy drapes, so a type of metal is always more dependable. You can select thick and thin drapery rods, depending on the weight of your drapes and the style of your home.
There is no hard and fast rule that says your drapery hooks and drapery finials must match your drapery rod, but most people match these items anyway. Quite often, they come together, but you can find stores that will let you mix and match, as well.
In elaborate rooms, you may want to look for larger, more decorative finials that stick out beyond the curtains or drapes. This is an easy way to add interest high up in a room.
With valances or curtains made from a lighter material, it is not so imperative that you opt for a strong rod because the curtains may not be as heavy. In the kitchen, a plain-colored curtain rod will usually do the trick, as the window is not often the point of interest as it may be in a living room.
To cover a sliding door, you may want to investigate curtains that will pull all the way across the door to block out sun, especially if the doors face a table or a main living area. Look for curtain tracks that attach directly to the wall or ceiling and run smoothly without interfering with any of your other door hardware. A curtain track that gets jammed is more frustrating than having to sit in the sun!
For your bedroom or other small windows, curtain tiebacks will do the trick for opening and closing your window treatment. These can be simple fabric ties or hooks attached to the wall.
In many cases, you will have to determine how noticeable you want your curtain hardware to be. If the focus of your room is away from the window, inconspicuous curtain rods and curtain hooks will work well for you. You do not want to draw attention away from other pieces.