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The right win­dow treat­ments en­sure that you get the right bal­ance of style and func­tion­al­ity. Here is what to con­sider.

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1. PRI­VACY

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.

2. LIGHT

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.

3. FUNC­TION­AL­ITY

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.

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