You are redecorating a space in your home. You have picked out the perfect shade of paint and new flooring, you have all of your furniture and decorative items, all that remain are your windows. Many homeowners do not realize just how many options are out there when it comes to window treatments, there are so many more choices to consider beyond blinds and curtains. Do you want vertical blinds? Horizontal? What about interior shutters? Will you pair drapes with the blinds? What fabric would work best for the room and level of light you want? It can all be very overwhelming. Knowing what you want out of your window treatments and what aesthetic you are going for will help you to choose which option will work best for your home décor.
Blinded By the Light
One of the biggest considerations when it comes to your window treatments should be lighting. How much of it do you want and when do you want it. Yahoo! Voices explains that while natural light is a much sought after commodity, it can have negative effects on your furniture or create unsightly glares off of your furniture that you may want to control. Also, if you are putting up treatments in a bedroom, you most likely will want to have something that will keep the room completely dark while you are sleeping—you know, for those lazy weekends where you aren’t awake before the sun is up!
Piecing Together the Puzzle
Fully treating your windows can feel like a jigsaw puzzle. You need to make the perfect combination of shades, blinds, shutters, curtains, or drapes and they all need to flow with the overall design of the room. All of this while still fitting in with the lighting needs as well. What happens when you literally have a difficult fit? Not all windows are an easy fit and a one-size-fits-all curtain panel from the store may not cut it. HGTV suggests that depending on the shape of the window causing difficulty you could have a number of options:
- Corner windows: mount tracks on the ceiling and have your curtain move outwards towards the edges. The tracks can also be placed on the wall just above the window if the ceiling is not an option.
- Skylights: sometimes you just don’t want all the light and for this you can get roller blinds that come with special mechanisms for closing over such a tricky window.
- Arched windows: for a truly breathtaking effect, try interior shutters on these windows.
No room is truly complete with untreated windows, and with a little planning and thought the process does not have to be a daunting task at all.
Eric Regan is a writer who loves to see what the world has to offer. He has written for blogs covering various topics