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How to Choose the Right Window Treatment for Your Home

Plantation shutters? Faux wood blinds? Silhouettes? Formal draperies? Homeowners’ options in regard to window treatments for their homes are extensive, which can make outfitting home interiors challenging for novice decorators.

    Some people do not pay a lot of attention to window treatments, failing to realize just how great an impact the right window treatments can have on a space. According to the design experts at Hunter Douglas, window treatments are often an afterthought because residents may not consider them necessities. As a result, homeowners may install whatever is on hand or accept window treatments that came with a house or apartment. Ignoring window treatments, especially when they can fulfill certain needs, is a missed design opportunity.
    One of the first steps in choosing window treatments is determining your end goal. Is privacy your main goal? Are you seeking more natural light in a room? Is there too much light, and you need to darken the room? Window treatments can serve multiple functions, and some treatments may make better fits depending on homeowners’ ultimate goals.

Light filtering?
    Light filtering window treatments are a softer fabric and can help brighten rooms with natural light but offer privacy. They’re usually appropriate for spaces where people gather, such as living rooms, dens, or dining rooms. Semi-sheer curtains may be paired with another complementary window treatment so privacy can be customized as needed. For example, sheer curtains let light into a bedroom, but shades can be drawn at night.

Maximum privacy
    Bedrooms, workspaces, or bathrooms can benefit from extra privacy. While some people may think that privacy comes at the cost of light, that’s not always the case. Functional curtain panels can be drawn closed when privacy is desired and then opened to let in light. The thickness of the fabric will also dictate the amount of privacy the panels create. Drapery panels can be hung over sheers for both privacy and light control.
    Plantation shutters are another fantastic option for maximum privacy as well as light control. You can achieve total privacy and maximum light control. Shutters are a very versatile product with the utmost design and beauty. The bottom portion of the shutter panel can be left closed while the top can be angled open or up to allow light to flow into the space.
    Cellular shades are another option that provide privacy but still let light in. Cellular shades come in lots of colors and fabrics and their use depends on the space. Many cellular shades are constructed with a honeycomb design and can insulate as well as decorate windows. Add a top down-bottom up upgrade to the shade for total privacy. They can also come cordless for child and pet safety

Blackout shades/shutters
    Perfect for rooms where babies nap, shift workers rest during daylight hours, or areas with external lights — such as those from street lamps — need to be blocked out, blackout shades do just what their name implies. A dense fabric lining helps keep light out entirely.

    Shutters also can block out light while adding to the character of the room. They can be painted a bright color to make a statement or match wall colors to blend in seamlessly.
    When selecting window treatments, shoppers can choose retail options or custom treatments. Many designers recommend custom window treatments because they are measured, manufactured, and installed specifically for homeowners’ windows. Bringing all of the options into the home is also a must to find a perfect look.
    Get the look you want, installed by the Well Dressed Window — a Bloomington, Illinois’ window-treatment team. We bring quality window treatments and decades of design and installation expertise inside your home.

    With Bridget’s design consultation, she will walk you through available products, fabrics, and textures based on your goals and the existing space. Call 309-275-3165 or visit BlindsBloomington.com to set up an in-home consultation.



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