Curtains & Window Treatments…The Basics

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This page provides an introduction to the topic of curtains and window treatments. Here, we will look at the fundamentals such as basic definitions and the customary purposes of window coverings.

First of all, let’s define window coverings and treatments as the aspect of interior decorating that consists of anything in, on, over, or around a window.

That would include:
* Curtains (sometimes called drapes or draperies)
* Sheer Panels
* Blinds
* Shutters
* Valences

Also, there are window treatments that are a special type of glass, but these can be very costly. A great alternative is decorative window film. It is applied directly to plain glass to give it a special look without the expense. You can chose from frosted glass or stained glass designs, as well as a wide variety of other types of designs.

The common purposes for curtains and window treatments are:
* Blocking or controlling light
* Enhancing privacy by not letting people see in
* Reducing the cold air (or heat) that comes in
* Matching or complementing the décor of the room
* Improving overall “livability” and adding value to your home

Since items are available in a wide variety of materials, styles and colors, you are sure to find exactly what you want.

There are many things that can impact your decision. So, as your make your selection, ask yourself a few questions… What is the main purpose for that particular window covering? Is it to control light, enhance privacy, or a combination of things?

Will the window be covered at night? Will you use blinds, shutters, or curtains/drapes that you can draw closed?

Also, which styles and/or colors fit in best with the desired look and feel of your room?

We do not want to overwhelm you with all of the questions, but it is in your own best interest to give careful consideration to such queries.

Don’t be shy. You can use treatments for windows to express yourself or show a bit of your personality. After all, people can do that with their other furnishings and décor accessories, so why not do it with your windows as well?

A question we often hear is… “What’s the difference between curtains and drapes?”

The answer most people agree on is that “curtain” is a generic term that can apply to any window covering made of fabric, while a “drape” or “drapery” usually refers to a heavier fabric that reaches the floor. Also, drapes are most often used in a living room, a formal dining room, or maybe a master bedroom, whereas curtains can be used for any window.

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