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February 11, 2020

Window Treatments: 4 Considerations for Buying New Ones

Stylish windows and glass doors can fill your home with light and make it feel expansive. Sometimes, homeowners want to add more pizazz or create flexible lighting ambiance to their homes. When starting to think about window treatments, there are a few questions you should ask yourself before you begin shopping. By answering these questions, your investment in the perfect window treatments will not only bring style to your home but function as well.

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How will you use the room?

Take some time to think about how you’ll be using the room. Is this room intended for a specific purpose, such as a dining room, or is it meant to serve multiple purposes throughout the day, like your living room? Thinking about how you need the room to function and if it needs to function in multiple ways will help you select the ideal window treatment. 

Pro Tip: Family rooms serve multiple purposes. A place for homework, movie nights, afternoon naps, and even folding laundry. Give yourself options by considering blinds, with a double curtain rod. A double curtain rod lets you have a transparent sheer on the back rod with a light-blocking curtain on the outer rod. This setup gives your family multiple lighting options. Explore all the options Amazon has to offer.

What level of privacy is required?

Some of us like to grab our coffee in our pajamas while others like to get dressed by their closets. It’s important to take into consideration the level of privacy required for each window in your home. 

Pro Tip: Not all windows in a room have to have identical window treatments. Consider adding treatments that give you more privacy near your closet and bathroom while using a light curtain or sheer to let more light into a window that doesn’t receive a lot of indoor foot traffic. Keep your color palette and prints the same to create a consistent look. You can also change the type of glass in windows where more privacy may be required. Some glass types include a white opaque interlayer or a textured glass type that obscures the view while still allowing light to shine through.

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Are there special needs?

If you’re moving into a new home, try to give yourself a few days and nights before you race out to buy window treatments. Quickly, you will know if there is a street light that shines in your window at night, or if the sun’s rays fill your room a bit too early for your taste. Also, think about who’s using the room. A darker room may help you get your children to bed more easily. 

Pro Tip: Blackout curtains used to be an amenity only enjoyed at hotels. Now you can buy functional and stylish blackout curtains at stores like Target and online at Wayfair. If you are not a fan of blackout curtains, glass tints can help you achieve a similar outcome.

How much maintenance do you prefer?

Sheer Window Treatments

This is an important question. Also, take into consideration if you have anyone in your home with allergies or asthma. Blinds and shutters are low maintenance and can be dusted daily. Curtains and sheers will require delicate washing. Some treatments like Roman shades or drapes with trim or beading may require professional cleaning.

Pro Tip: Stick to blinds and shutters if you have someone with asthma or allergies in your home because fabric window treatments can gather dust and pet dander. In a matter of minutes, you can dust your shutter and blind blades then monthly wipe them down with a damp cloth. 

By answering these questions for each room in your home, you’ll be able to select the ideal window treatments to serve everyone’s needs in your family.

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