Mar 29 2010

Choosing the Right Window Treatments For Your Home

Published by at 12:15 pm under Interior Design & Decorating,Windows

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 d├ęcor 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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