The type of window treatment you choose can really impact the overall energy and atmosphere of a room's decor. Not only that, your window treatment has practical applications – do you want to invite light in the room or block it out? Do you need sound insulation? Are you having a combination of blinds and decorative drapes? If you want blinds, what style, color, and material? There's just so much choice available to you!
A classic choice, shutters are sturdy, solid, and stable. They cover the frame of the window completely, comprising of most usually horizontal rails. Shutters come in a range of materials, (most usually wood for exterior) from glass to textured cloth. There are many beneficial qualities to this treatment, including sun, heat, and storm protection.
Cellular shades are a modern, improved version of the traditional shade. Thanks to their ergonomic design, they manage to insulate much more efficiently, and can block out light making them the ideal choice for the bedroom. The cons of this window treatment are its expense, difficulty in cleaning and light control, and its aesthetic.
One of the most popular choices for window treatments, Venetian blinds comes in a huge array of prices, colors, designs, styles, and materials. They are great for controlling the amount of light in a room, although they're not as good at blocking out sound and temperature as other treatment options.
Another extremely favored window treatments, curtains straddle both style and practicality with no problem at all. Of course, this is all dependant on your requirements – and your budget. Blackout curtains are a firm favorite for the bedroom, but you can also use drapes as an elegant addition to the interior of your home. There's a huge array of curtain materials, so they vary in terms of insulation, cleanliness, longevity, fire resistance, and noise absorption. Be sure to shop around and find the best fit for you.
Also known as net curtains, this material stays in place over the window permanently. The purpose of sheer curtains is to provide a greater degree of privacy without compromising on light. As such, they tend to come in light shades of whites (eggshells, ivory etc.).
Another option to dress up your widows whilst adding to your privacy, cafe curtains are popular choices for the kitchen or bathroom. They run along the top or bottom of the window along a single rod, meaning they still let in a great deal of light.