Five Key Things About Selecting Window Treatments

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When selecting window treatments for your home, there are several things to take into consideration. Will the window coverings be used to control light, provide privacy, add a decorative touch, or do you want the treatments to serve a combination of uses?

Just to clarify, a treatment for a window is anything that goes in, on, over, or around a window. This would include blinds, curtains, draperies, valances, shutters, window film, and so forth.

There are a wide variety of materials, designs, styles, and colors of coverings that are readily available. So, it is best if you carefully review your needs (and desires) before making a final decision.

What are the 5 things to think about?

1. What type of room is it? How much light control and privacy is needed? A bedroom might be given different consideration than a common gathering area such as a living room or a dining area. Many people like to block outside light and make the bedroom dark. Privacy is often a big concern. For example, window shades can offer privacy, but they may not block out enough light.

2. What is the overall look and feel you want to achieve with your window coverings? Whether your room décor is traditional, contemporary, rustic, or something else, you will be able to find window treatments to match or complement any theme or décor style. Also, do you want to go bold and make the window a focal point of the room or do you want to tone it down and make it less noticeable? You can do either depending on the treatment style and color you select. If the window is close to the street or sidewalk, you might want to use a sheer panel to let in light, but minimize people seeing in.

3. Do you have a preference about which type of material the window coverings are made from? This will make no difference to many people, but is something that impacts the final decision for some folks. Curtains and drapes might be cotton, wool, synthetics, or a blend. Blinds could be linen or plastic. Shutters come in wood or plastic.

4. Do you have windows that are arched or that have an unusual size or shape? If so, these windows might need a customized treatment. As you can probably guess, anything that needs to be custom made will often cost a bit more. It’s just one more thing to think about, especially if you are trying to stay within a certain budget amount.

5. Will the coverings remain open at night or will they be drawn closed? If they are to be closed, then there are the various mechanisms to think about. Some draperies slide on a rod or along a track. Blinds and shades usually involve cords and/or adjusting rods. Some treatments can be motorized and operated by remote control or even set for automatic timer operation.

Yes, so many things to think about can seem a bit overwhelming at first. However, a few minutes spent pondering these questions will help you select the window treatments that will be the best ones for you and your situation.