Which Custom Window Treatment Fits Your Home
While styling matters in dressing your windows, function and comfort carry equal weight when deciding on the type of window treatment to use in a room. Window coverings shouldn’t only fit your window type, but they also need to match the aesthetic and needs of your living space. Let’s go over some factors to consider when choosing a custom window treatment.
· Light-blocking features
Think about the amount of light you want inside your room. Sheer curtains and light-filtering cellular shades are appropriate if you want natural light to be able to enter areas such as the dining room or living room.
Meanwhile, pirouette window shadings and similar treatments are great for the study and home office, as you can direct light away from your screen to avoid glare. For maximum light control in bedrooms and guest rooms, go for blackout curtains, blinds, and room-darkening or solar shades.
Ultraviolet ray-blocking treatments can also help prevent furniture, wall paints, and flooring from fading or deteriorating sooner than they should.
· Temperature regulation
Pick a window treatment that suits the climate or weather conditions in your area. You can pull down shades or install treatments with thermal backings to completely block out summer heat. On the other hand, thick window coverings can keep out the draft in places with harsh winters. These combined features can lower your energy expenses, as you’d need less heating or air-conditioning to maintain temperate interiors.
· Overall home theme
Coordinate the window treatments throughout your entire house according to your home’s overall style, which could be classic, rustic, modern, transitional, or color-themed. You can establish consistency by choosing similar color palettes.
The window treatment should also blend well with the other elements of the room, including furniture, walls, and flooring.
· Size and shape
Rectangular, circular, bay, and arc windows are among the common window shapes.
· Opening method
Choose a window treatment that would make it easy for you to open and close the panes. The panes of casement windows are hinged on one side, opening like doors. Awning windows have hinges at the top and open from the bottom out. Meanwhile, single and double-hung windows slide vertically from the bottom up, while the panes of sliding doors move from side to side.
Some areas of your home require more privacy than others. Blinds are ideal for the living room, dining room, or kitchen. You can open them during the daytime, allowing you to check on your children, elderly relatives, or pets from the outside. Meanwhile, shades in your bathroom and bedroom can totally block off the view from outdoors.
When it comes to bathroom window treatments, select materials that can withstand the daily humidity resulting from baths and showers. Faux wood and water-resistant materials are great picks, as they discourage mildew buildup.
· Low fire risk
The kitchen is a high-heat zone and should feature window treatments that won’t catch flames. It’s also convenient to use motorized blinds for windows above counters that may be hard to reach by hand. Roman shades or cloth coverings that are just below the windowsill are unlikely to get dirty, especially if located above the sink area.
· Kid and pet-friendly
Pick window covers that wouldn’t put the safety of your children or pets at risk. Go for cordless treatments and motorized options to keep them from curious little hands. Avoid floor-length draperies if you have cats, as they may scratch and sleep on them. Dog owners might want to opt for roller shades because there have been incidents of pets getting entangled in mini-blinds.
If you’re bent on installing blinds and shutters, look for vertical types with wide slats.
Investing in quality window treatments can help you avoid the extra cost and effort involved in repairing or replacing products that wear out after a few months.
At the same time, you have to know early how you can best maintain and extend the longevity of your preferred window treatments. Some fabric-based coverings, like nylon net and lace, are delicate and will need special laundry care. The same goes for wool and silk drapes, which are better left in the hands of professional cleaners.
Regular dusting and light vacuuming are needed for blinds and shades. You can blow out mini critters from the honeycomb layers of cellular shades using a hairdryer set on the lowest setting or a canister of compressed gas.
Choose Regency Shutters for Custom Window Treatments
Our team can create tailor-fitted treatments for every type of window and door imaginable, from sunbursts and angled windows to French doors and sliding doors. We use computer numerically controlled technology to come up with precisely measured shutters.
Meanwhile, our in-house drapery workroom produces custom valances, curtains, and draperies. Schedule your free consultation with us today or go to our Window Treatments page to view more of our fine creations.