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How to Choose the Right Window Treatment

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How to Choose the Right Window Treatment

The right window treatments will enhance your interior rooms and complement your windows attractively. The window treatments you select will depend on your decorating style and the design of the windows.


For a comprehensive and informative overview of energy efficient window treatments, visit the U.S. Department of Energy website. From blinds to draperies to shades to shutters, you have an extensive list of window coverings from which to choose. By choosing energy efficient window coverings, you can reduce your heating and cooling expenses while keeping your home more comfortable.


Once you understand the various window coverings along with their advantages and disadvantages, you’ll be ready to choose the right window treatment for your windows.

  1. If you regularly open and close windows to allow air circulation, the window treatments must enable you to open the window easily.

    1.Interior Style

    The overall interior style of the room is an important factor regarding the type of window treatment you select for a window. If the room is stark and simple, make sure the window treatment complements the existing decor with a simplistic design. Patterned window treatments can be the perfect addition to a busy room. Heavy window treatments generally work well in a formal room. Light and breezy window treatments fit a casual decor.

  2. 2.Purpose

    Some rooms have specific purpose that requires special window treatments. For example, if you have a media room that needs complete darkness, you’ll need light-blocking window treatments. If you want light control and insulation in the bedroom to block out street noise, use blackout shades or draperies. A window in the bathroom may need privacy treatments with blinds or shades to cover the window completely.

  3. 3.Window Function

    The way you use windows determines the type of window treatments that you install. If you regularly open and close windows to allow air circulation, the window treatments must enable you to open the window easily. If you seek light through the window, make sure the window treatments allow light to enter the room. If you need privacy from the window, choose window treatments that provide privacy when they are closed.

  5. 4.Window Treatment Options

    • Panels – Panels hang over a window from a curtain rod extending across the top of the window. Panels might be pleated, gathered or tailored for a simple, modern look. Panels can be made with heavy fabric or lightweight fabric, depending on the purpose of the window treatment.

    • Shades – Shades add functional privacy and light control as they pull down to cover an entire window or rise to allow light to enter through the window. Shades made from fabric can coordinate with and complement room decor.

    • Swags/Cornices – You might add interest and additional design features to window treatments with swags or cornices across the top of the window. Made from fabric or even wood, these features dress up a window effectively.

    • Blinds – Add simplistic privacy and light control over a window with vertical or horizontal blinds. Blinds come in a variety of colors and styles to fit any decor and budget.

    • Shutters – Shutters add privacy, light control and a bold architectural statement to any room.


    By browsing the different window treatments available and assessing your needs, you can choose the ideal window coverings for every window in your home.

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