Window Treatment Ideas for 2014 – 2015

It’s Fall time again, which means that it’s perfect time to change your home’s interior look and feel to reflect the seasonal change, as well as make your home more comfortable! And what’s the easiest way to do it you may ask? Well, I would venture to say that upgrading your window treatments or installing classy blinds is one of the easiest, yet most impactful ways to shake up the interior atmosphere in your home! 😉

Choosing from a list of Window Treatment Options

Window treatment options have increased and improved over the years. There are now many options that will surely suit the style of your home and improve its aesthetic beauty. However, because there are many options to choose from, it might take you a while to find the window treatment that suits your preferences. You can shorten your list by starting with a specific group. You can start by determining what material you want, or by looking for a suitable window treatment that would match the type of windows that you have.

Material Choices

There are hard window treatments and soft ones. You can choose either one or a combination of the two. Hard window treatments are usually made from wood or vinyl. Blinds, shutters, and shades are examples of hard window treatments. Soft window treatments are made of soft materials. Examples are curtains, valances, and swags.

By The Type Of Window

Aside from aesthetic purposes, window treatment options also control the amount of light that enters the room. It is important that you choose the option that will not get in the way of how your window works. For an instance, horizontal shades are not the best option for a window that opens vertically.

If you want to add window treatments to your office, then metal blinds are a more suitable option since they help protect against harsh temperatures, as well as fire, weather, and even theft. For kitchen windows, you might want to try valances. They soften the counter tops’ and cupboards’ angles. Additionally, since they have a particular shape, they can be made to match with the shapes of the cabinets and other things you can find in the kitchen.

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Curtains

Curtains, also called drapes, are the most common window treatment options. If you go for curtains, you will have more than a thousand choices, considering that curtains have a wide variety of styles, patterns, colors, and materials. You can even go for custom made curtains. Curtains can add sophistication to your living room decor and they can add a touch of personality to your bedroom.

Blinds

Blinds are made from different materials using different systems. They can be made from slats of wood, fabric, plastic, and metal. A more recent version is one with an electric motor that lowers and raises the shade using a remote control.

Horizontal blinds use a ladder system, usually thin-woven, to suspend and enable the slats to be closed by the use of a rotating drum. When pulled up using the lift cord, they stack tightly to the window top. Vertical blinds on the other hand use a wider slat and are able to separate the slats in the center and stack each half on either side or simply stack all the slats together to one side.

Shades

Solid blinds that can only be lowered or raised are called shades. Some examples are Holland blinds, which are made from block out or translucent fabrics, and woven-wood or bamboo blinds. There are also pleated shades where all the slats are sewn inside fabric. Roman shades are probably the most popular type. They are made of soft materials, allowing light to be blocked or invited in easily.

Shutters

Shutters are window treatment options that usually consist of horizontal rails and a frame of vertical stiles. Several types of materials can be set within this frame, including fabric, glass, and solid panels. They protect against weather, they provide privacy, and they enhance a room’s aesthetics as well.

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