How to choose the right win­dow treat­ments for your home

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Max­i­mum pri­vacy Black­out shades/shut­ters

Plan­ta­tion shut­ters? Mini-blinds? Cafe cur­tains? For­mal draperies? Home­own­ers’ op­tions in re­gard to win­dow treat­ments for their homes are ex­ten­sive, which can make out­fit­ting home in­te­ri­ors chal­leng­ing for novice dec­o­ra­tors.

Some peo­ple do not pay a lot of at­ten­tion to win­dow treat­ments, fail­ing to re­al­ize just how great an im­pact the right win­dow treat­ments can have on a space. Ac­cord­ing to the de­sign ex­perts at Hunter Dou­glas, win­dow treat­ments are of­ten an af­ter­thought be­cause residents may not con­sider them ne­ces­si­ties. As a re­sult, home­own­ers may in­stall what­ever is on hand or ac­cept win­dow treat­ments that came with a house or apart­ment. But ig­nor­ing win­dow treat­ments, es­pe­cially when they can ful­fill cer­tain needs, is a missed de­sign op­por­tu­nity. One of the first steps to choos­ing win­dow treat­ments is de­ter­min­ing your end goal. Is pri­vacy your main goal? Are you seek­ing more nat­u­ral light in a room? Is there too much light and you need to darken the room? Win­dow treat­ments can serve mul­ti­ple func­tions, and some treat­ments may make bet­ter fits depend­ing on home­own­ers’ ul­ti­mate goals.

Semi-sheer win­dow treat­ments

Semi-sheer win­dow treat­ments are of­ten fab­ric and can help brighten rooms with nat­u­ral light but of­fer lit­tle pri­vacy. They’re usu­ally ap­pro­pri­ate for spa­ces where peo­ple gather, such as liv­ing rooms, dens or din­ing rooms. Semi-sheer cur­tains may be paired with an­other com­ple­men­tary win­dow treat­ment so pri­vacy can be cus­tom­ized as needed. For ex­am­ple, sheer cur­tains let light into a bed­room, but shades can be drawn at night. Be­d­rooms, work spa­ces or bath­rooms can ben­e­fit from ex­tra pri­vacy. While some peo­ple may think that pri­vacy comes at the cost of light, that’s not al­ways the case. Func­tional cur­tain pan­els can be drawn closed when pri­vacy is de­sired and then opened to let in light. The thick­ness of the fab­ric will also dic­tate the amount of pri­vacy the pan­els cre­ate.

Tiers are hung on a short rod-pocket panel and usu­ally cover the lower one-third of a win­dow. They’re pop­u­lar choices to let light in from the top, but ob­scure views from the bot­tom por­tion of the win­dow.

Cel­lu­lar shades are an­other op­tion that pro­vide pri­vacy but still let light in. Cel­lu­lar shades come in hard and fab­ric va­ri­eties and their use de­pends on the room. Many cel­lu­lar shades are con­structed with a hon­ey­comb de­sign, of­fers the de­sign re­source Houzz, so they can in­su­late as well as dec­o­rate win­dows. Per­fect for rooms where ba­bies nap, shift work­ers rest dur­ing day­light hours or ex­ter­nal lights, such as that from a street lamp, need to be blocked out, black­out shades do just what their name im­plies. A dense fab­ric lin­ing helps keep light out en­tirely. Shut­ters also can block out light but add to the char­ac­ter of the room. They can be painted a bright color to make a state­ment or match wall col­ors to blend in seam­lessly. When se­lect­ing win­dow treat­ments, shop­pers can choose re­tail op­tions or custom treat­ments. Many de­sign­ers rec­om­mend custom win­dow treat­ments be­cause they are mea­sured, man­u­fac­tur­ered and in­stalled specif­i­cally for home­own­ers’ win­dows. How­ever, there are many DIY op­tions avail­able at bud­get-friendly re­tail­ers.

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