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4 Tips to Consider when Choosing Your First Window Treatment

15th Sep 2015


It’s hard to deny how investing in a beautiful and well-designed drapes or window treatments can immediately elevate the mood of any room.

But, for those shopping for window treatments for the first time, choosing one can be downright confusing.

From blinds, to curtains, to shutters, to DIYs, and so on and so forth, the wide number of selections – which is a welcome sight, by the way – can make it hard for any first timer to choose the right ones.

To help you with that, here are four things to consider that should help you out when you’re choosing your first window treatments.

  • Function

Many would think that style takes precedence over function when choosing window treatments, but that’s not exactly the case.

To choose the proper window treatments, you’ll want to narrow down your choices first to make it a bit less confusing and the best way to do so is to set a function.

If you want your treatments to provide total darkness or privacy, lined curtains are a good idea. Unlined curtains are great as well, if you’re okay with a bit of light passing through it or if your curtains are for pure decoration.

The same logic applies to window treatments outside of curtains too.

So, make sure to decide what you want to happen with your window treatments first before anything else.

  • Texture

Again, using curtains as an example, a more formal room call for curtains made out of velvet or heavy silk, which by the way are great insulators. Cotton sateen is also a practical option.

If you’re having a hard time choosing, cotton and cotton blends tend to work with all sorts of décor, so they’re a pretty safe option.

  • Blending or Standing Out

You’ll also want to decide if you want your window treatments to stand out or blend in.

When blending, pick the color of the window treatments that are similar to those of the walls, but only a shade or two darker. You could also look for a non-dominant, yet subtle color of any of the featured items in the room.

If you want your window treatment to stand out, you can choose for a bold color, or one that fits well with the room, but doesn’t necessarily blend in together.

Do also consider the sunlight as well, as in the case of curtains; the color will infuse the room if you’re using unlined ones. Thus, pink can look like cherry, etc.

Once you’ve taken into consideration these three things, you’ll want to think about what KIND of window treatments are best suited for the different rooms in your house.

The common choices are as follows:

  • Panels  These are usually hung over the windows from curtain rods that extend across the window of a window. With panels, you have plenty to choose from. You can either go pleated, or tailored, or gathered. You can also choose what sort of fabric you want the panels to be made of, a choice that usually is affected by the function or purpose of the window treatment.

  • Shades  These window treatments add a great deal of privacy, as well as light control. Even better is that you can choose what they’re made from. For example, shades made out of fabric can easily complement room décor and brighten up the mood of the whole place.

  • Blinds  A rather simple, yet functional window treatment. They add this simplistic privacy to anyone who uses it and when blended well with other furniture, will easily add a stylish, yet classic look to the room. These window treatments can come in a whole variety of colors, price, as well as styles, making it popular for those who are looking to splurge, or looking to cut back on their costs.

  • Shutters  If you’re looking for something a bit more bold and functional, shutters should be your first choice. It’s hard to make them go well with room décor, but if you manage to make it work, they’ll look quite nice and should make for a lasting investment.

  • Swags and Cornices Made of all sorts of materials, from fabric to wood, these window treatments can easily dress up window, adding a unique and interesting design.

Truth is, nothing beats getting out of your house and going to the nearest furniture shop in your area. This way, you’re exposed to the wide variety of window treatments available, as well as having a physical idea of what they’d look like.

With the tips above, however, you should no longer find yourself confused when making a choice. In fact, things should come much easier to you right now.