Overview

There are a dizzying array of styles, color, material and hardware to consider when selecting window treatments. That means there something for every taste and for every room in the house. Window treatments can reflect your style, mood and sensibilities.

The Basics. Color and Style

The Basics. Color and Style

Choose colors that will accent your room and styles that complement your dècor whether traditional or modern. That can range from fabric or roller shades, cloth curtains and drapes, pleated and cellular shades, sheer curtains and drapes, mini-blinds, wood blinds and shutters. It depends on how much you want to show off or blend in.


Desired Function

Desired Function

Looking for more privacy? Solid shades and drapes can provide complete window coverage. Theye a good option for light sleepers too. If you’re living in a more secluded area, you can go the sheer route or choose blinds that have slats where light peeks through. Speaking of light, as it streams into your home it can fade furniture and carpeting over time. Choose opaque window treatments to minimize the damage. Or, if you’e focusing on a sun room, bring on the sheer treatments! Finally, the heavier the window treatment, the more insulation you’ll have during blustery winter days.

Room Type

Room Type

Your room should definitely inform the choice of window treatments. A flowing tie top drape with a formal valance may be right for your dining room, but not a home office. Bedrooms can vary from easy-to-open blinds for kidsrooms to more decorative options for the master bedroom. Living room, kitchen, studiothese are all stages where you can showcase your personal touch.


Budget

Budget

Did you just move in and need to address all your windows? Or are you just fixing up one room at a time? Take a look at your budget. If you can get by with existing window treatments for awhile, great. If your windows are bare, and your wallet is light, consider some inexpensive options and save up to make a bigger splash later.


Styles

Styles

Ranging from simple and classic to decorative and advanced.
You can keep it simple with a traditional white top-down shade or go high-tech with light sensitive shades and remote control operation. You can also choose a sheer drape or an opaque drape. It depends on how formal the room, how much you want to spend and what you hope to accomplish.

Style goals.
You may want to match your window treatment with your décor and furniture. Also, you may want to partially cover a window or completely cover it depending on your needs. Finally, do you want to have a fun, formal or stylish look? You decide.

Pick your material.
Bamboo blinds. The aforementioned high-tech shades. Cloth, metal, fabrics of various weights and opacities all of them can bring a room alive.

Different types of windows.
Consider the windows you’re going to be working with and make sure your window treatment is the right fit. Bay windows in a living room may pair well with top-down blinds, but a small portal bathroom window with frosted glass may just need a decorative valance.

Keep it stylish, keep it functional.
Heavy drapes help insulate drafty windows. Sheer fabrics may let more welcome light into a converted studio Practicality and aesthetics can coexist.


Types

Types

Bold blinds.
You may like the look of Roman blinds, or classic Venetian. And your material of choice may be faux wood, fabric or bamboo. Regardless, there something fun and functional about blinds. As far as safety goes, if you have small children or pets, use caution. They may be entangled and injured by the cord, so we recommend purchasing blinds with a breakaway cord.


Draperies and panels.

Draperies and panels.

Rod pocket, pole pocket, tab top, ring top There a lot to choose from when it comes to drapes. Keep your room décor in mind. When shopping, bring in a picture of your room images stored on your digital camera will do nicely. And make sure to figure out how much or how little space you have before you come in.


Hardware.

Hardware

Your window treatments need your support. Really, they do. There are a variety of rods, finial, holdbacks and rings to use when installing/hanging your window treatments. Make sure they go with your drapes, blinds, etc. You can get very plain hardware or go with something more ornate. It all depends on what look you’re going for: traditional or trendy. Laid-back or LOUD.


Valances

Valances

Style starts at the top when it comes to window treatments. A valance can really pull a theme together. Picking a matching fabric is important, but plastic and fluted valances can also do the trick.


Tips for Measuring

Tips for Measuring

Measure twice, shop once. For curtains of drapes: the width measurement should correlate to where the rod brackets will be installed. Length should be measured from the rod bracket down to the desired length. Important: if you’re using a rod or decorative pole for curtains, you’ll need to account for 2 to 3 times the window width. For draperies: Measure the return from the face of the rod to the wall. And measure for stackback which is the amount of the space needed on either side of the window. Take accurate measurements of your windows and the clear space around them. Width and length should be measured from the rod bracket. Use a good metal tape measure and round measurements to an eighth of an inch. Also, make sure that there is room for hardware to be installed. Older homes may present a challenge. Windows for these homes probably won be standard-size.