You might not think that selecting window treatments for your home is a very difficult task, right up until you start looking and realize just how many options you have. The problem is that each product comes with certain benefits and drawbacks that you’ll need to consider before you buy. For example, blinds, shades, and shutters probably provide for the most privacy and light control, but they are much more difficult to clean than your average drapes, and they are prone to parts failure (whereas drapes just hang there). And even beyond the functionality of these window coverings, you want options that are going to complement the style of your home and enhance your current décor. The only question is: how can you choose the right window treatments for your home?
A good place to start is by figuring out the style of window covering that best suits your wants and needs. Think about how much light you want coming in the house throughout the day, as well as the amount of privacy you prefer. This will at least help to narrow down your options. If, for example, you want optimum coverage but you’d still like to let the sunshine in, you might consider Venetian blinds, which merely diffuse outside light while effectively stopping prying eyes from seeing in. You can even get options that go up from the bottom and down from the top for additional lighting possibilities. And sheer panels behind your regular drapes could accommodate your wishes, as well. Or maybe you’re not so particular about privacy but you want to make sure you get maximum light, leading you towards drapes that can be drawn aside or blinds that can be raised, rather than, say, fixed shutters.
Now it’s time to consider what will best suit your décor. And here you need to look at both the style of your home and your existing furniture and accessories. The perfect window treatments will blend in and enhance your décor rather than sticking out like a sore thumb. So while you might love the idea of batik-print curtains, they simply may not go with your mid-century modern home or your overstuffed, antique furnishings. By the same token, you don’t want to go too bland. Just because you live in modern confection of concrete, metal, and glass doesn’t mean you should automatically opt for the industrial look of metal blinds. Perhaps you want to throw in a splash of color and a touch of softness with some gauzy sheers or heavier textiles. Sticking with a style is well and good, but you also need to inject a little personality into your space, and window treatments can provide you with the opportunity for small splashes of individuality.
Whether you opt to design custom curtains or you pick up a simple pull-down shade, you need to make sure that the form and function of the window dressing you choose is appropriate for your home and your décor. It might not be as easy as you expect, but then again, it might not be as difficult, either, so long as you have a little fun with it. And if you’re not sure what to choose, take the time to look at pictures online via sites like Pinterest or Houzz.com. Both should give you a slew of ideas, some of which are sure to go great with your home.