The Ultimate Guide to Everything Window Treatments
November 20, 2023 - Michelle Murphy
Did someone say window treatments!?
It’s actually one of my fave topics. Not only do window treatments look pretty, but they also play a big part in how a room feels and works. Whether you’re dreaming of a chic, bold statement or need something practical for privacy and controlling sunlight, the right window treatments can be the pièce de résistance of a space.
Think of this as your guide for giving your windows (and your room) that extra bit of ‘wow’ while keeping things super functional!
Exploring Window Treatment Styles
Picking the right style of window treatment is like choosing the perfect accessory for your favourite outfit – it can completely transform the look! Let’s check out some of the most popular window treatments on the market.
Curtains & Drapes
These are the go-to for a reason. Curtains come in endless fabrics, patterns, and lengths, and are perfect for adding a touch of elegance or a pop of colour. There are many types of fabrics available depending on your need. A heavier material is ideal for a more formal setting or when you need a bit more insulation. Where a light weight material might be perfect to create a cozy feel in a smaller space.
Looking for something sleek and functional? Blinds are your best bet. They offer excellent control over light and privacy and come in a variety of materials like wood, faux wood, and aluminum.
If you love a clean, streamlined look, shades are the way to go. Roman shades, roller shades, or cellular shades – each offers a unique vibe and functionality, from cozy and warm to minimalist and chic.
Think beyond the usual with options like bamboo shades for a natural, earthy feel or sheer panels for a light, airy ambiance. Great for adding a unique touch to your space!
Remember, the style you choose should reflect not just your personal taste but also the room’s needs. A sunny kitchen might call for light-filtering shades, while a cozy bedroom could benefit from luxurious, lined drapes. It’s all about finding the right match.
Functionality of Window Treatments
Window treatments do more than just dress up your windows – they multitask by balancing style with some pretty handy benefits. Let’s look at how they can make life at home even better.
Love natural light but not the idea of the outside world peeking in? With options like top-down, bottom-up shades, you can enjoy sunlight while keeping your space private.
Control That Light
Whether you’re a fan of bright, sunlit rooms or prefer a more subdued ambiance, window treatments help you set the mood. Blackout curtains, for example, are perfect for movie nights or if you’re craving a good afternoon snooze.
Yep, the right window treatments can help cut down those energy bills. Insulated curtains or cellular shades can keep your home warm in winter and cool in summer, making your space comfy-cozy all year-round.
Live on a busy street? Thick, heavy window treatments can help muffle outside noise to help with that much-needed peace and quiet.
When you’re choosing window treatments, consider what you need most. Is it blocking out street noise, keeping nosy neighbours at bay, or managing the light for your indoor plants? Your window treatments can be customized to do exactly what you need them to.
Logevity & Maintenance of Window Treatments
For window treatments to be worth it, they’ve got to stay fabulous for the long haul. Here’s the lowdown on making your window treatments last.
Durability largely depends on the material. For example, wooden blinds or high-quality fabric drapes can last years, while cheaper materials like vinyl might need replacing sooner. Think about sunlight exposure too, as it can make some materials fade or degrade over time.
Cleaning & Care
Regular maintenance can extend the life of your window treatments. Dust blinds with a microfiber cloth, gently vacuum curtains with an upholstery attachment, and for deeper cleans, follow the specific product care instructions. Some curtains can be machine washed, while others might need dry cleaning.
Even the best-kept window treatments eventually need an update. Styles change, and so might your taste. Plus, wear and tear is normal. It’s a great opportunity to refresh your room’s look.
Child & Pet Safety
If you have little ones or furry friends running around, consider cordless options for safety. They’re typically also fairly easy to maintain and give a clean look. *Please note that as of 2023, Canada has regulations in place for all cords to be removed from window treatments. This does affect some styles and designs, but most manufacturers have great solutions now.
Cost Considerations in Selecting Window Treatments
Since budget matters when you’re revamping your space, it’s time to talk money.
Window treatments can vary widely in price, so here’s some quick thoughts to help you navigate through your options without breaking the bank:
- Setting a Budget: Decide how much you’re willing to spend. Remember, window treatments are a long-term investment in your home’s comfort and style.
- The Price Range: Curtains can range from budget-friendly to high-end, depending on the fabric and design. Blinds and shades tend to be more about functionality, so they can be cost-effective, especially if you opt for standard sizes and materials.
- Custom vs. Off-the-Shelf: Custom, well… anything will always cost more. Custom window treatments are pricier, but the perfect fit and personalized style might be worth it for you. Off-the-shelf options are great for standard window sizes and if you’re looking for a quick, affordable update.
- DIY to Save: Feeling crafty? DIYing your window treatments can be a fun project and a great way to save some cash. There are tons of tutorials and ideas out there to help you get started.
- Smart Savings: One way to save money on curtains and blinds is to buy standard options and retrofit them. For example, standard drapes usually only come in particular lengths. So why not size up and hem them to the length you need, rather than ordering a custom length.
In the end, it’s all about finding that sweet spot where cost meets style and functionality. Whether you go for a lavish, custom design or a simple, budget-friendly option, make sure it’s something that makes you happy every time you walk into the room.
Treat Those Widnows Well
And there you have it! Your complete guide to choosing window treatments that aren’t just a treat for the eyes but also champs of functionality and value. It’s clear that window treatments are more than just a background detail in your home, hey?
Here’s to windows that “wow”!