Windows are an integral part of any home. On a practical level, windows let in light whilst keeping out the weather. In older homes, windows were often small, but modern homes are more likely to have large windows, as these are more aesthetically pleasing and help to create a sense of light and space. There are many different window treatments for homes, so to help you make the right choice, here is a quick guide to the most common.
Drapes are a popular window treatment, particularly in older homes. Drapes hang from a window pole or plastic track and are opened and closed manually. The great thing about drapes is that you can make your own if you have a sewing machine. Patterns are freely available online.
Hang thick drapes to keep cold and drafts out over winter, or sunlight during the summer. Thinner fabrics are fine if privacy is your only issue. Match your drapes to other soft furnishings and do not be afraid to mix and match patterns and colors. Linings protect drapes from UV light, which is essential if your window is south facing. Linings also add an extra layer of insulation in a colder climate.
Roman blinds are a good choice for smaller windows, particularly in bedrooms and living rooms. They offer a softer look but are not as voluminous as drapes, which many homeowners prefer. Select a fabric that matches your existing décor. Like drapes, it is possible to make your own Roman blinds. There are kits available, which provide the underlying mechanism. All you need is the fabric and a sewing machine.
Roller blinds are an inexpensive window treatment for anyone shopping on a budget. Roller blinds are often installed in bathrooms and kitchens. They can be trimmed to fit a window, but it is better to buy a made-to-measure blind if you want a perfect fit.
Venetian blinds are available in a range of materials, including faux wood, plastic, metal, and real wood. Faux wood and plastic are suitable for high moisture environments such as a bathroom or kitchen, but natural wood Venetian blinds look gorgeous in a bedroom or living room. Tilt the slats to keep sunlight out and make the room more private.
Shutters are a very appealing and stylish window treatment for both modern and classically designed homes. Fitted internally, shutters look great and are very practical, but some types of shutters can also be fitted to the exterior of a window. Aluminium plantation shutters, for example, offer protection from the sun and also make a home more secure. Well-fitted plantation shutters add value and are a great asset to any home.
Cellular shades are made from a honeycomb fabric. In winter, they add a layer of insulation to the window by trapping air in the honeycomb, and in summer, they help to keep the room cool. Cellular blinds are very energy efficient and a good choice for a sunroom.
Select a window treatment that is in keeping with your existing décor or it will stand out for all the wrong reasons.