There are hundreds of design decisions that homeowners have to make when making their home great, but window treatments can often prove to be one of the most challenging dilemmas. Wall paint, furniture, and decor are all important for creating the look and feel of a room, but window treatments have to fit with the design as well as providing privacy, lighting, and insulation. This makes them an essential aspect of the home. Here are some of the ways to help choose the best window treatments for a home.
The first thing you’ll need to do is evaluate and understand your needs from a window treatment. How much privacy do you need from neighbors? How much light does your room need? How much heat does your room need to retain in winter? These are essential questions for getting started. Privacy can be a personal desire or an aspect of your home’s security. Your location and comfort level will help you make that decision. Consider the function of the room when deciding on how much light is necessary. A room with a TV might require darker curtains so that the screen’s image isn’t washed out. Or you might want a bright space for your morning coffee. Insulation might not be a concern for you if you live in a warm climate, but if you have a drafty older home or live in a wintry climate than this will be a big factor in your decision-making process. Try cellular honeycomb shades or room-darkening fabrics to up your insulation!
Your next window treatment decisions are far more stylistic. Do you have architectural limitations? How do you want to mount them? What style? If you have interesting architectural details or perhaps architecture that limits your options, then some of your choices will be made for you. For instance, if you have radiators or other types of heaters then you won’t be able to install long shades. Take note of all of your home’s specifications so that you know your limits. The two ways to mount your window treatments are “in” or “out”. In means a mounting system that goes between the trim and only covers the glass. Out refers to mounting on the wall and covering the trim. Knowing how you want to mount your window treatments will help you narrow your options. Finally, choosing the right style and fabric is your last decision! Hopefully your choices will be narrowed down to a place where it’s far easier to choose what’s best!
Choosing the right window treatment isn’t easy, but knowing the steps you’ll need to take to find the right solution can really help you narrow down the options!
Read the full article here: Your Guide to Window Treatments