Mission Possible: A Crash Course in Selecting Window Treatments

Posted by All About Blinds

May 31, 2016

With so many types on the market, it is very easy to get overwhelmed when trying to decide what window treatments to choose, whether for one or multiple windows in your home. First, you start off trying to decide between blinds, shades, curtains, or shutters that go with the size and shape of your windows. Next, you are faced with having to choose between the different variations and materials that are used in manufacturing those window treatments. And don’t forget having to pick a color.

What Do You Want from Your Window Treatment?

Put aside thinking about style for a moment, your first objective should be deciding how much privacy, light, or maybe both that you want for your window. Think about the room where the window is located:

  • If the room is a bedroom, you will want a treatment that offers privacy and helps cut down on light. You really only need natural light filtering into a bedroom during the daytime, and no light coming in at night. Simple, right? Not necessarily; your first floor bedrooms require more privacy than those that are on the second floor. Perhaps consider top-down honeycomb cellular shades. They are easy to maneuver, available in different opacities so you can manipulate the amount of light filtered into your room, and can save you some cash on your energy bills.
  • For bedrooms that are used as a nursery, you will want to be able to block out the sunlight during certain times of the day, especially during naptime. Blackout shades will prevent light from penetrating the room.
  • Do you have a guest room? By using shutters in your guestroom, you can assure that your guests can enjoy sleeping in, instead of dealing with the sun shining into the room first thing in the morning.
  • Bathrooms of course require privacy regardless of what floor they are located on, especially if neighboring houses are close by. Perforated roller shades offer privacy while still allowing natural light to filter through for second floor bathrooms. However, for first floor bathrooms, you will want to opt for the maximum privacy provided by cellular shades that block the view from outside, but allow plenty of light to filter in.
  • One of the things people want most from their kitchen is to have as much light as possible coming in the windows. Stick to more sheer window treatments or adjustable blinds made of easy to clean materials like faux wood.
  • For the living or family room, functionality is key. You may want to have the option of choosing between letting more light in and easily dimming the room to prevent glare when watching television. Layering your window treatments will allow you that flexibility. Consider a combination of shades and draperies to create your unique look.

And never forget that motorization is a great option for any room! Switch to motorized window treatments for benefits like added convenience, improved privacy, and increased safety for children and pets.

Choosing that special window treatment doesn’t have to be difficult when you choose All About Blinds & Shutters. Their professional staff has years of experience helping customers select just the right window treatment, including custom sizes or shapes to fit their decor and lifestyle. If you have more questions, contact us online or download our eBook.

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Topics: Blinds, Window Treatments, Shutters, Shades, Motorized Window Shades