Window Treatments That Work for You
By Kathryn Marsh
Put your windows to work! Consider how the right treatments can not only filter light and sound, but even be operated from your tablet or Smartphone.
Window treatments can transform a room. These design elements soften hard lines, giving the room a more inviting look and feel. They can hide architectural flaws and ugly views while controlling or blocking harsh sunlight that can damage your furnishings. And for fans of home automation, there are even motorized options that take advantage of wireless technology. But choosing the right window treatment can be overwhelming. These five steps will simply the process.
1. Evaluating the space
Take a good look at the windows in your room. The answers to these questions will guide you in your choice:
What is the shape and style of the windows? If your windows have unusual shapes it can limit what type of treatment you are able to use.
Are there any moldings surrounding the window? If so, you may want to highlight them rather than cover them up.
How does the window open? Does it swing out or is it a sash window?
Do you have arches? Think about how you’ll want to plan for this design feature.
These are things to discuss with your window treatment professional so that you can make the best choices for your space.
2. Considering function
Think about what you want your window treatments to accomplish.
● Light control / room darkening.
● Energy efficiency.
● UV protection.
● Sound absorption.
● Decorative element.
Most types of window treatments can handle at least one of these functions. Some can satisfy a couple … and a few can do it all. Determine how you want your window treatments to work for you.
3. Embracing technology
Traditionally window treatments were controlled by a manual mechanism such as a cord, chain or crank.
Now window treatments offer all the conveniences that modern home automation technology can offer. You can opt for motorized blinds or shades, operated by a battery-operated remote control or by your Smartphone or tablet.
These options are more than just a fun and convenient use of wireless technology. They have contributed to child safety and made it easy for those who are physically challenged to have full control. Exploring the options can greatly enhance the enjoyment of your window treatments.
4. Classifying treatments
Window treatments traditionally fall into two categories: hard and soft.
Soft window treatments include draperies, shades and top treatments.
Hard window treatments also can include shades, as well as blinds and shutters.
Sometimes you might use a single type of treatment, or you may combine different types to accomplish your goals.
5. Making a statement
Use your window covering to celebrate your style by picking the right designs, color, patterns and textures. Even basic blinds come in a variety of colors and materials. Coordinating the colors in a space is an essential part of any project when creating that designer look. Custom-made window treatments make this infinitely more possible. You can add personality by using embellishments such as beads, cords or tassels. Tastefully added, these can create beautiful and unique treatments.
When considering window treatments, a window professional can come to your home or office to show you not only the available options, but which ones will work best for your windows.