Choosing the Right Window Treatments


Now that you have keys in hand to your new dwelling, the moment has arrived for you to make this house a home. Selecting window treatments for each room is a great place to start. Window treatments show your personality and express your tastes as well as add to the livability and charm of your new home.

Besides your own style, things to consider must be how much or how little light you want to enter the room, whether the room will be formal or casual in décor, how much maintenance you want to deal with, and whether you want the window treatments to be a focal point or to recede into the background.

There are differing philosophies surrounding windows: Some think windows are there so those inside can see out and some think windows are there so those outside cannot see in. These are important distinctions in choosing window treatments for the home.

Blinds and Shades

Blinds and shades usually hang inside the window frame and can be easily opened to let just the right amount of light in by either leaving them down and opening the slats or drawn full up so they are practically undetectable, allowing maximum light inside and the ability to see outside completely. These are clearly the choice for those who want to see out and are not bothered should anyone look in.

Blinds and shades are available in a myriad of styles and materials. They can be casual or more formal, earthy and rustic or urban and sophisticated.

  • Roller Shades are tailored and clean, available in a variety of materials including wood and metal, but fabric is most common. They do not have slats. If you like the functionality of slats, you want blinds, not roller shades.
  • Blinds have the capability of letting in some light from slats without having them completely drawn up and come in the largest variety of materials. Bamboo blinds are trending because they add expressiveness to a room, are inexpensive and natural for a more casual look.
  • Roman Shades combine the softness and more of the formality of drapes with the welcome functionality of roller shades. These, too, come in a wide range of materials and styles.

Curtains and Drapes

Curtains and drapes work well for those who don’t want those on the outside looking in. They can be opened to let in varying amounts of light or no light at all.

  • Drapes have the capacity to be the most dramatic of all the window treatment options. Drapes made of rich fabrics like velveteen or damask hung high above the window and long enough to pool on the floor add distinct drama to a room. This is for a very formal look and belongs with equally formal furnishings in rich fabrics and colors. Of course, drapes can also be casual. Hang lighter-weight, natural materials such as cottons from a rod at the top of the window frame, and do not allow them to touch the floor, to create a friendly, casual look to the room.
  • Curtains bring to mind images of a panel of cloth hung from a rod over a window that falls softly and casually, perhaps a few inches below the bottom window frame. They probably will not block much light and add softness wherever they are placed. They may be sheer and whimsical or more substantial to add a pop of color to a room and soften the geometric shape of the windows. They can evoke a country feel or a more urbane one depending on the choice of material.

For some great ideas for your window treatments, visit the design gallery at Landmark 24 Homes and see just how great your home can look.