Because they can be such a costly purchase, deciding on window treatments can be overwhelming. You want to be sure to choose something with staying power, something that will last in quality and something that you won’t change your mind about a few weeks or months down the road. Here are some important things to keep in mind when shopping for window treatments.
The purpose of window treatments is to provide privacy and light control, but they should also fit with the decor in your home. You should prioritize according to your budget by deciding which rooms are most in need of window treatments, and then decide what the purpose of the treatments is in each individual room.
So how do you know which window treatments will go best in each room in your home?
Privacy is important in the bedrooms, particularly in the master suite, so be sure to choose something that will provide complete window coverage. Fabric, roller or pleated shades would be a good option as long as they’re not sheer, or perhaps you would prefer curtains or drapes that block the view when closed but also let in plenty of light when opened.
In the living room, the family room or wherever you watch T.V., get window treatments that will cut down on glare. Metal, wood and natural blinds will still let in ample light but can be tilted to avoid direct sunlight. Vertical blinds are often found on sliding glass doors, but maybe try something like panel track blinds or custom drapes for a more stylish option.
You’ll want a lot of natural light in the kitchen, so try something simple and sheer for a streamlined look. Pleated shades provide privacy and still allow sunlight to fill the room. Wood shutters are also stylish, but be aware that they don’t provide complete privacy, as it may be possible to see through the slats. If you’re not worried about privacy, simply add a valance above the windows in the kitchen.
When it comes to the dining room, you’ll want something that adds elegance and sophistication for formal occasions. Lavish curtains or drapes provide the perfect backdrop for formal meals served in the dining room, and they can also be opened or pulled back for natural light.
There are really no rules when it comes to choosing window treatments, only suggestions. But keep in mind that the goal is to create a sense of unity and a cohesive design throughout your home.