Do’s and don’ts of win­dow treat­ments

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - Real Estate - By Cathy Hobbs

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.

DO

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.

DON’T

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)

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