Window treatments are an aspect of home decor that often goes unnoticed, but in reality, window treatments add a tremendous amount of warmth and personality to a room. The right window treatment can also reduce the heat in a given room, or provide shade when a home gets a particularly large amount of natural light. Here are four choices for window treatments for all styles of homes:
It seems simple, but curtains are one of the main ways to make a room cozy. A curtain can be an accent piece to a room, or can subtly add to a space. For rooms with lots of light and heat coming through the window, dark curtains or blackout curtains can be a good choice, particularly for bedrooms where it can be difficult to sleep if there’s a lot of light coming in. Curtains have the benefit that a homeowner has so much choice of pattern, curtain length, and style.
Oftentimes, people forget how effective blinds can be at concealing a room from outside eyes. Curtains alone often aren’t enough, if you value your privacy, for homeowners to feel truly cozy in a room. Blinds can be used on any kind of window. They are largely limited in styling—white blinds are most common—but homeowners can also consider blinds made out of natural material like bamboo, or vertical blinds to add an element of texture to a room.
Shutters are typically reserved for the external of the home, but they go a long way in terms of style. Many think of shutters as being purely functional parts of a home, but they often add a softness and vintage feeling to a home. Shutters remind homeowners of New England, of times long past, and they can be modernized to show panels with color and texture that fits your individual home.
Consider the movement of the window treatment
Window treatments like curtains and blinds shouldn’t be chosen without considering the space and movement of the room. For example, you wouldn’t want to use long, flowing curtains in the kitchen, as that would be an impediment to the function of the space. Conversely, you wouldn’t want a short valance in the living room because the curtain is too short to be drawn back. Before choosing a window treatment, consider the individual rooms in your home and the primary activities and purpose of the room.