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Window coverings and treatments can make all of the difference to interiors and exteriors alike. Here’s an overview of some selected ones and their effects.

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While window treatments are essential for controlling light, heat, and privacy, they’re also an ideal way to style any room in the house. However, with so many options to choose from, it can be confusing to know which window treatments are perfect for your home and your needs.

Woven shades

Woven shades are a quick way to add warmth and texture to your room. Since these shades are usually made from materials such as grass or bamboo, they’re ideal for rooms with a natural look.

Woven shades are good for any room in the house because you can easily control the amount of light and privacy by simply raising or lowering the shade. They’re also very versatile since they can be hung on the inside or outside of a window frame.

Fabric panels

Fabric panels have been a popular window treatment choice for years. Whether you like solid colors or fun patterns, you can always find a fabric panel to match your design tastes.

When you’re picking out fabric panels, you need to keep in mind the window you are covering. Tall windows are ideal for floor-length panels since smaller windows can get lost in all the fabric. However, if you want to make your windows appear taller, simply hang the curtain rods a few inches above the actual window.

Sheers

Sheers, like fabric panels, tend to hang from rods and cover the entire window. However, it’s important to keep the advantages and disadvantages of sheers in mind when deciding which room to use them in. Since they’re made with semi-opaque fabric, sheers let in more natural sunlight than a fabric panel and they don’t offer as much privacy as a fabric panel.

This is great for a kitchen or dining room, where you don’t mind the extra sunlight. However, you might want to think twice about using sheers in the bedroom, where you want a bit more darkness and privacy for sleeping.

Blinds

Blinds are another classic choice for window treatments and come in a variety of materials including wood, vinyl, and aluminum. You can also pick out insulating blinds that help you conserve energy by blocking out light.

When you’re picking out blinds, remember that wider horizontal slats give the illusion of bigger windows while vertical blinds are better for windows that are wider than they are tall.

Shutters

While many people picture shutters on the outside of a house, you can also use them inside as window treatments. They’re typically made with wood or composite materials. Additionally, they have operable louvers that will let you control the privacy, light, and air flow. Since shutters are customized to fit each window, they’re perfect for unique window shapes like circles and arches.

No rule

Finally, don’t forget that there is no rule that says you must stick with just one window treatment on a window or in a room. For example, you can easily create your own look by layering fabric panels over woven shades. With this combination, you can create a treatment that adds softness and texture to your windows.

Whatever your decisions for window coverings, either due to look or function, or both, it remains to be the subtle things in a space that best helps to define them.

 

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Cate Morgan-Harlow

Cate Morgan-Harlow is an all arounder, writing about how-to, DIY, and design with gusto. She is a shadowy figure with a mysterious past.