Do’s and don’ts of window treatments
The reality is when it comes to dressing windows, there really aren’t rules, just myriad options based on your desired aesthetic, look and budget.
Consider solar shades when looking to achieve a more modern look. Solar shades come in different opacities.
The higher percentage, the more open the weave. A shade that provides 3 percent opacity will allow light to enter a room when down, while a 1 percent opacity shade gives a near blackout look.
Consider a natural material such as wood or bamboo blinds. They tend to be durable and costeffective.
Cover an entire window opening.
Mix window treatments throughout a home. It is perfectly acceptable to integrate shades, blinds and drapery.
Purchase window treatments without consulting a professional or understanding what measurements are required to achieve a desired look.
Forget to clean window treatments on a regular basis.
Ignore safety. Always opt to use suggested child safety devices around small children.
Choose window treatments that will clash with your decor.
Forget that window treatments are decorative enhancements, not a must.
When it comes to dressing windows, there really aren’t rules, just myriad options based on your desired aesthetic, look and budget. (brizmaker/Getty Images/iStockphoto)