Choosing the Right Window Treatment
If you are looking to spice up your home decor, a new and exciting window treatment is an essential aspect of interior decoration. It is the placing of materials on, in, around and over the window with the goal of enhancing your home aesthetics. With many types of treatment, choosing the best for your home can be tricky: I’m sure you don’t want to live with something that doesn’t suit you because you didn’t know there were more options around. Your biggest priority is determining whether you need privacy or light, or both. We will look at the types of treatments and what to consider while looking for your home’s window treatment.
Most window treatments are classified as either blinds, shades or drapes. Blinds are hard window treatments that incorporate movable slats that close and open when the blind is lowered. Shades are soft window treatments that are lowered or raised by a cord or a string component. Drapes or curtains are material at the side of the window.
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Window shutters are installed into the window frame; they are made of either wood or poly resin. They double across the window; they do not move up and down like blinds. They are not only functional, but they are also beautiful. Shutters help in regulating incoming light, offer privacy and also insulate the room against heat during summer, sound and cold during the winter. Shutters add sophistication to your room, especially your study or living room. Shutters come in two type main types:
- Wooden shutters
- Poly resin shutters
But that doesn’t limit the colors or styles that can be achieved!
Window blinds have louvers allow you to look outside without lifting the shades. You can manipulate light as you to create your feel. Blinds can either be horizontal or vertical. If you have big glass windows or a glass door, consider placing vertical blinds. For small windows, use horizontal blinds. While you are closing a blind, the slats overlap, creating a gap for light to pass though; you can modify it as you see fit to get the desired lighting. There are many types of blinds. The main ones are:
- Wood blinds
- Faux wood blinds
- Aluminum blinds
Window shades are made of fabric that rolls, sticks or folds, when opened or closed. Shades also the most decorative window treatment. They block light from entering your home and are also excellent for thermal insulation. Drapes are hung high near the ceiling and the outer edges of your window which makes the room seem larger. Cellular shades are a good example of window shades; they are a modern design that allows you to see out of your window while people outside cannot see in. Cellular shades are also energy efficient and help in keeping your home’s temperature controlled.
There are many types of shades – the main ones are:
- Woven Wood Shades – Commonly referred to as bamboo shades and give a tropical decor. They are made out of renewable material like bamboo and reeds. They bring an incredible texture into your home.
- Roman Shades – Roman shades give an impression of drapery. You can open and close them easily and quickly. They hang like a panel when fully closed and fold up completely when opened. They are available in many different fabrics and colors.
- Pleated Shades – An alternative to cellular shades, and more affordable. They are created with pleats waterfalling down your window. They come in different colors but do not offer the insulation that comes with a cellular shade.
Window treatments are expensive, so it’s good to avoid replacing them over a short period. If you want to maintain your window treatments, you need to choose a treatment that can withstand the test of time. There are factors that you should keep in mind:
1. Get the Right Fabric Material
While choosing window treatments, you need to choose the right fabric material because some are more resistant to sun discoloration or damage. Some fabrics are fade-resistant which will help repel the sun’s rays, thus reducing the damage. Some of these fabrics include:
Adding blinds also helps keep the sun out and resist fading. Real wood blinds can withstands fading (damage from the sun) over a significant period of time even if you have a sunny, south-facing window.
2. Embracing Technology
Technology is not just about computers; window treatments such as shades and blinds have now been upgraded. With the press of a button you can close or open your window. Isn’t that great? Shades come equipped with sensors that can detect the amount of light, the temperature and the time of the day, and then adjust themselves to block excess light without needing your direct input. Another benefit of embracing technology is keeping your children safe from blind cords that can strangle them.
3. Choose the Right Color
Color is part of human life – everything has color – so choosing the right color for your treatments is paramount. If you want to block light, then go with darker color treatment because some colors absorb light (like white). Choose a color that complements your home theme…don’t color-clash!
Whatever style of home you have, windows are one of the first things you see and the way you treat your windows creates an ambiance which heightens your distinct style. Choose wisely and take your time, or come and talk to the friendly staff at your local Normandeau window coverings store.