The right window treatments ensure that you get the right balance of style and functionality. Here is what to consider.
No one likes a peeping tom or the feeling of living in an aquarium, so when you’re in the search for window treatments, it is important to consider how much it blocks the inside of your home from the outside world. Treatments like wooden shutters and curtains with black-out linings give you the best bet at privacy. Layer it with inner drapes or sheers so you can pull back the mains to let in natural light when privacy is not needed.
What is the point of windows if you don’t let in the light? When it comes to choosing the right window treatment, make sure your choice offers you the
flexibility to adjust how much light you want. Blinds, either horizontal or vertical are great in this regard as you can open them to varying degrees, allowing for fine control of how much light you end up letting in. Fabric shades are also a good alternative as they still let in a small amount of light even when closed.
Every room in your home, despite being under the same roof, requires unique levels of natural light and privacy. The living room, for example, where your entertainment system lives, can be affected by strong solar glare, so thick curtains with black-out lining is in order. However, If you intend for a room to be your home office or a space for artistic endeavours such as painting, sculpting, crafts, or sewing, natural light is essential. You’ll want window treatments like sheer curtains or roller blinds that allow for more illumination.
4. ROOM DECOR
Functionality aside, no one wants a window treatment that looks out of place in relation to the rest of the room. So, it’s essential that you find ones that match with the overall aesthetic of the space. It is not only the look, but also the type of treatment that might or might not work. For example, vertical blinds would not look appropriate for a vintageinspired aesthetic, and grand heavy curtains do not work with a minimalist interior. Consult a certified interior designer so as to avoid making a mistake that you’ll have to live with in the long run.
5. ENERGY CONSIDERATIONS
Beyond looks and practicality, there is the environment to consider, even when it comes to something like your window treatment. How well a treatment insulates heat or keeps out light ties intimately to your energy consumption. For the tropical heat, one might consider a window treatment with an insulating layer to keep the heat out to diminish the need for air conditioning. For rooms with smaller windows, use sheer curtains if privacy is not a concern to maximise natural sunlight and minimise the use of artificial light.