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Design Options for Varied and Unique Window Treatments by Andrew Stratton





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You may be amazed at the decorating punch you can add to a room with the window treatments you install. You have a variety of options, depending on the style, function, and price you desire. Explore the different ways you can dress your windows.

Traditional Curtains

Hanging curtains may seem traditional, and they can certainly fit this description. The final appearance of curtains depends on the fabric you choose, however. If you choose an understated, solid fabric or a fabric with subtle stripes, the overall effect will be classic and conventional. If you add a little imagination and color to your curtain choice, though, you can create an unexpected and dramatic flair for your room's décor.

Curtains can also have additional features, such as thermal linings for added energy efficiency or blackout linings to keep out the light during the day. A thick lining may also help insulate a room from exterior sounds. Consider adding sheer panels with curtains for added privacy. In some decor, sheers can even hang alone to provide a soft covering without more substantial fabric.

Shades

Choosing shades as window treatments also provides you with a wealth of options. For example, Roman shades made out of fabric roll up and down using a string, providing decorative color and texture to a room. Roman shades can also offer insulation and light-blocking efficiency. Shades might also be made of wallpaper or natural textiles such as grasses or bamboo. Honeycomb shades have two layers of fabric or paper-forming cells. These shades can be effective for blocking light and insulating your home.

Headers

Window treatments often include something at the top of the window. These headers can stand alone or may be part of an ensemble with sheers or other curtains. You can choose fabric valances that coordinate with the other decor in your room. You can also choose wood for a fabric-covered cornice. Valances might be made from natural materials such as jute or grasses.

Blinds

Blinds can be either horizontal or vertical and can be made out of a variety of materials. Blinds offer many different stylistic choices, depending on the color and material you choose. Blinds can also block light effectively, depending on the material. Newer blind technology offers additional control options such as remote control and timers for opening and closing them.

Shutters

For a traditional look, consider shutters as a classic window treatment. The shutters can fold in and out to cover the glass, often with louvers that move to let light into a room. Typically, shutters are made from wood, but you can also find composite products that do not require maintenance. Shutters can increase the energy efficiency of a room. You might combine fabric curtains with shutters or shades for a complete look.

Consider your overall decorating theme as you choose window treatments for your home. Other factors such as light control, privacy, and energy efficiency will also determine the best choice for adorning your windows. You might even change your room decor seasonally with all of the available options.

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