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How to Choose the Right Window Treatments

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So, you have decided that your house needs some refreshment. Nothing special, just some small upgrades to liven up your home. When it comes to houses and buildings which were constructed 20 or even more years ago, you should know that the standards have also changed since this time. Your home should adapt to the contemporary style and ways of arranging things.



If you are thinking of giving your windows a new look, but are not sure where to start from, here is a list of the things you should pay attention to when choosing window treatments for your home. Keep reading to find out some helpful tips on this process.

Curtains or No Curtains?

If your living room or bedroom is nicely designed, you can consider installing high rise curtains with a long drapery fall to elongate the ceiling and make the space look bigger than it really is. However, keep in mind that direct sunlight exposure will eventually wear the fabric down and that the color will fade.

What you can do to prevent this from happening too soon is by choosing darker colors, especially if the room is exposed to a lot of sunlight during the day. Opt for neutral colors as well, for they are fade-friendly and blend into the room’s décor much more easily.



Know Your Options

If you are planning on keeping your windows open during the day (to get more fresh air and circulation around the house), your window treatment should be made in accordance with that.

This automatically leaves curtains as a no good option, because they can end up being ripped or even being in the way of free air circulation. However, if they are not so transparent, they can provide you with additional privacy, even when the window is open.

On the other hand, you can use panels as a substitute for curtains. There are numerous options for hanging panels, such as heavy vs. lightweight fabric panels, pleated panels, tailored modern panels, etc.

Blinds are also a great option, especially if you want complete control of light exposure during the day. They come in vertical and horizontal settings, as well as different styles and colors, so they can fit every window and room décor. Shutters practically go hand in hand with blinds, since they are so similar, but if you cannot decide between the two, you can find reasons for using each of them in this comparative article.



If you do not like what the majority of shops are offering, there is also the possibility of ordering custom blinds and shades according to your needs and desires, and you would not even have to think about the prices. Installing them would also be as easy as 1, 2, 3, so if you are a person of craft, you should consider this option more seriously.

As you can see, there are numerous options when it comes to window treatments. Whatever fits the room’s purposes best should be your top choice, but only if in accordance with your personal taste and the room’s décor.



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