The Ultimate Guide to Window Treatments

Not many people give much thought about window treatments whenever they decide to undergo a home interior design project. These days, interior designers would advise their clients otherwise. It’s become a part of the design element that truly ties a room together.

If you’ve never given window treatments much thought or just aren’t sure how to incorporate them, here’s the ultimate guide to choosing the window treatments for your home:

First and foremost, functionality is important. Just like other design elements, think about what you want it to do. It quickly narrows down your options and makes it easier for you to decide on your ideal window treatment.

Once you’ve come to a decision, you can easily look into the available window treatment options.

For those who have visited a home and living store, they can easily tell you that there are too many window treatment options to choose from. The level of choice can be overwhelming to some.

Luckily, it can be easily categorized under these basic types:

1. Blinds

The most affordable choice as its slats are either made of plastic or wood for a little variation in style. Quick tip - Blinds can be mounted inside the window frame to create a clean look or outside to make a small window seem bigger.

2. Shades

A little more expensive compared to blinds, made of fabric, and comes in different opacities. There are 3 main types:

  • Roman: Arranged in careful, elegant folds.
  • Roller: It unrolls from a tube-shaped piece at the top of the window.
  • Honeycomb: Folds down from the top of the window in pleats.

3. Drapes

The overall cost of this depends on the materials, colors, and patterns you choose - it’s also available as ready stock and custom-made sizes. Drapes are attached to a rod above the window and hanging down beyond the frame.

4. Shutters

Shutters are true woodwork, which is why it is the most expensive item on this list. While there are a few stock sizes and finishes available, it’s recommended you have them custom fit to the window for the best appearance.

With that said, don’t forget to take measurements into account once you’ve decided on your ideal window treatment. Be sure to note it down and share it with your interior designer so they can assist you accordingly Do bear in mind that windows don’t come in standard sizes. While drapes can be tailored, be it professionally or DIY, other types of treatments may require you to decide between custom-made product or choosing the closest fit.

Last but not least, the aesthetics. After getting the measurements, you’ll be able to check out the aesthetic options. Although the style is usually based on personal preference, here are a few guidelines to keep in mind:

1. Blinds: Clean white is a great choice. If your room’s dominant color is a neutral shade, try to match it with white and off-white.

2. Shades: If you’re picking a solid shade, choose a neutral shade to match the room’s dominant color. As for patterned shades, try to match one of the colors in the print to your accent color.

3. Drapes: Pick a neutral shade or one that’s close to the room’s dominant color to help the window blend in. If you’d like to emphasize on your window’s feature such as its eye-catching view, pick a contrasting shade.

4. Shutters: It isn’t easy to match its woodwork so try to pick the most similar shade available.

All in all, it’s advisable for homeowners to take window treatments into account when it comes to designing their homes. If you need further assistance on window treatments, feel free to get in touch with our interior design company today!

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