Homeowners have different needs, from blocking the sun to creating a cozy room. There are more options today than ever before, so choosing window treatments that work for you takes a bit of thought. If filtering light is the main objective, curtains and drapes can do the job. They come in many forms, so can create a mood that matches all of your goals. The more light you want to block, the heavier or more lined the curtain should be; heavy silk or velvet can give you a private, relaxing feel in the room every time you walk in.
Depending on whether a more cozy or formal look is needed, the color, fabric, and mounting hardware will vary. The function of the room is therefore an important consideration when you choose a particular window treatment. So is the size of your windows. If you want to make a small room look more spacious, panels can fit a large window and grace the space with any color or pattern. These can also include decorative rods and other elements to accent the area even more.
Shades vs. Blinds
Both block light and add privacy. However, there are differences that can lead you to choose one over the other. Shades tend to cost less, and typically serve to soften the light from outside rather than completely block it. They come in materials such as cotton, linen, and polyester. A shade is generally a continuous piece of fabric that can be rolled up or down.
Blinds, on the other hand, are made of a harder material, such as wood, vinyl, or aluminum. If you need versatility in terms of blocking light, these are the solution to keeping the room dark, cool, and comfortable. You can completely open or close blinds, or leave them angled or partially open/closed. They usually come with more functionality than shades.
If you’re looking for elegance and function, shutters offer a sturdy, long-lasting option. Generally costlier than blinds or shades, they are sturdy and can be placed on the exterior or interior. Strong shutters can resist hurricane-force winds and the intensity of the sun. Interior shutters made of wood, vinyl, or composite materials come in many finishes and colors, so you have many choices for decorating the inside of your home. These window treatments can therefore function on many levels, with a level of durability to match.
Deciding on the best window treatments requires thought and research. Don’t be afraid to visit retail or design shop to consult with an expert. The Internet can be your best friend as well, as there is a multitude of resources to educate you on the available options and how to pick from them. Ordering fabric swatches to bring home and visualize how a final product will look is useful as well. If you need expert advice, a representative at Mann Kidwell Furniture can help you with choosing window treatments that will look and function best in your home.