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Jul 01 2010

Choosing the Right Window Treatments for Your Needs

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Your windows are an essential part of your home, and you want them to look beautiful.  While you want your privacy, there are also times when you want the sunshine to come in with all its glory!  You want the coverings or treatments you use to blend with your décor, so that your rooms all look appealing and pulled together.  This article will explain some of the window treatments available, and what you can expect from them.

Of course, if you live far from the road where there are no prying eyes, you can get away with practically anything you like – even no window coverings at all!  Most of us, however, live where there is an element of privacy required.  Here are a few tips:

Shade Options
There are a variety of shades that provide privacy or light.  Fabric or roller shades usually provide complete coverage, so that anyone on the outside cannot see in, particularly at night when you may have lights on inside your home.  Pleated and cellular shades, when purchased in non-sheer materials, provide security with full glass coverage.  Some come with a feature that allows you to pull the top section down, so that you can have light or view the outdoors when you choose.  You can also purchase cellular shades that have an insulating effect, helping you save money on energy costs.

Sheer and Non-Sheer Curtains and Draperies
Curtains and draperies have been popular favorites for decades.  While sheer curtains are beautiful, they are easily seen through in the evening hours.  If you prefer sheers but need privacy, consider using shades underneath.

You will also find curtains and draperies that are opaque or lined.  When pulled together in the center, these varieties offer complete privacy at night.  During the daytime hours, simply pull them back to allow the light to come in.

Shutters, Vinyl Blinds and Wood Blinds
Shutters, vinyl blinds, vertical and horizontal blinds and wood blinds all offer a good amount of privacy.  Mini-blinds are extremely popular and affordable as well, so that replacement isn’t costly.  Keep in mind that nearly all shutters and blinds have “slats” that may offer a view inside from certain angles.  Overall though, they offer a good deal of privacy.

No matter what option you choose, there are colors and patterns to complement your home and provide a beautiful accent for your windows.  Curtains and draperies come in solid colors, as well as every type of design you can imagine.  Floral, striped, abstract – anything you like is possible.  Wood shutters offer the perfect accent in a country style home, and can be opened or closed to the degree you desire.  Blinds can be used in conjunction with curtains or drapes, alone, or even with a valance or topper.

When it comes to decorating your windows while keeping the degree of privacy you like, there are plenty of choices!  Just because you want your home to be safe from the peering eyes of the outside world at night doesn’t mean you want to sacrifice beauty and style.  Make your home your own, and throw in a little creativity.

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Mar 29 2010

Choosing the Right Window Treatments For Your Home

Unfortunately, most people don’t think much about the way the windows in their home look. Truth be told, the window treatments you choose can transform the look from dull to dazzling! Mini blinds and curtains are not the only choices available.

Of course, you want to keep other things in mind when choosing window treatments. Privacy and the level of sunlight that comes in are two things you want to consider as well. You want to choose something that flows with your décor and doesn’t clash.

Some Reasonable Choices

Your choice in window treatments will depend largely on what room you want them for. In a bedroom, you may want a shade or blind that is made of wood, or darker colored so that a minimal amount of light comes in.

For a kitchen, many people prefer sunshine and brightness; so you may want a lightweight shade or mini blind for this room. Whether you choose vertical or horizontal blinds is personal preference. You may want to use a light colored wood shutter instead, one that you can open up so that you get full benefit of the natural sunlight.

In the living area, window treatments with more color are a good choice. You cannot imagine just how much adding color around your windows updates the look of your home! Choose colored shades made of luxurious fabrics or vinyl – it is really up to you. Consider your lighting needs, privacy and price when purchasing treatments for your windows.

Privacy Counts as Well

Many people feel more secure at night when they know that no one can see inside their home. For this reason, some choose to hang a shade that is usually available at specialty stores. A one-way-view custom roller shade is made of a material that is perforated. When pulled down over the window, light still penetrates and you can see out, but any would-be intruder cannot see in.

If you love the look of sheer curtains but still want some privacy in the evenings, you can have the best of both worlds! Simply use sheer curtains that are about three times as wide as the window; the gathers will be so dense that anyone outside would have a hard time seeing in. Voile and batiste are great fabrics for this use.

Size Plays a Role

Have an extremely large window? If you have a window that is 6 or 7 feet wide, you may want to consider using blinds and draperies. Install panels of blinds across the width of the window, and then hang richly textured drapes to add style and color. The blinds offer light control and privacy, while the draperies dress up the room.

If the window in question takes up nearly an entire wall, you may want to consider installing a track across the entire width. Once the drapes or preferred curtains are hung, you can close them partially around the window, or open them up completely to expose the entire wall and window. This is a truly unique look that is certain to attract attention.

No matter what your privacy, lighting and style needs, today’s window treatments let you have the best of both worlds – the amount of light you want, and the extra punch of style you need; all while still allowing you privacy in the wee hours.

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