Window treatments or window coverings are some of the important necessities every home needs. They are not only useful for blocking out UV, but also great for accentuating the room and providing privacy for home.
The options for window treatment are diverse in design, functionality, pricing, and installation complexity.
Before deciding on window treatment options for your home, determine if you want a hard or soft window treatment. Hard window treatments include options such as shutters, blinds and shades while soft treatments are usually fabric based (e.g. curtains, sheers and drapes)
They are made of different materials e.g. wood, metal, plastic, etc. incorporating manual or automated mechanism for opening and closing the blinds. The common choices for blinds include slat, venetian or vertical. They are angled and adjustable to allow the control of light passing through the room. Personally, I like vertical blinds as they are flexible, convenient and easy to clean.
There are various alternatives for shades namely roman, roller, panel and pleated shades. Unlike blinds, shades have limited control of allowing the amount of sunlight passing through. To let the light in, shades must be drawn up or slide to either side (for panel shades)
Sheers / Lace curtains
Curtain is one of the most common and versatile window treatment options. It is usually made of soft or heavy fabric material which can be plain or patterned. Sheers are ideal to create fresh and airy feel by using see-through fabric to allow maximum light while retaining minimal privacy.
Rod pocket top treatment
There are also a variety of top treatments for curtains, for example tab, grommet, french pleat, rod pocket, just to name a few. All are different in styles depending on your home design.
Grommet top treatment
I've used curtains for bedrooms with heavy fabric to block out lights and noise. They are easy to install especially with grommet top treatment and the curtains are also available ready-made in lots of colors, patterns and fabric choices.