Design Tips & Tricks

Treat your Windows

I received an email recently from a client who has been struggling to pick some new window coverings.  The ones she has are beginning to feel a little tired and she was looking for some advice to help her narrow down her choices before she went ahead with an update.  This is such a great question, I wanted to share my thoughts.  It’s actually pretty common for folks to become paralyzed by all the possibilities there are out there to consider.

Now window treatments are generally a pretty sizable investment for most people and it’s worth taking some time to consider your options before you jump into a decision.  One thing that surprises a lot of people is that worrying about the style or final look you want is not always the best place to start.

So where should you start?

Step 1: Determine Function.

The function of your window treatments is actually far more important than style because this is what they are going to do for you.  Do you need privacy?  Do you need light control?  Do you want an to increase your windows’ energy efficiency? Do you have an amazing view that you don’t want to obscure?  The answers to these questions will help you narrow in on what type of window covering you should be shopping for.

Horizontal Blinds – Fixed to the inside of the window frame, offering both privacy and light control.

Shutters – Framed option fixed to outside of window frame, offering privacy, light control and greater visibility.

Cellular Shades – Offer privacy, light control, available in Top-Down Bottom-Up options and in range of colours.

Roller Blinds – Offer privacy, light control, greater visibility and available in range of colours.

Drapes – These long fabric panels can be customized to suit any style, colour and length.

Step 2: Time to Pick.

Now that you’re armed with a bit of clarity, knowing what you want your window treatments to do, helps narrow things down and eliminate some of the distractions while you’re shopping.  By focusing your attention only onto what type of treatment will suit you best, you can think about things like pattern and colour, texture and style.  Do you want your window treatments to be subtle or bold, frame your windows or blend into the space around them.  A lot of people like to layer their treatments adding drapes, for example, to a window that may also be covered with blinds.

Step 3: Take Action.

Doing the legwork is the hardest part.  Once you have decided on what you need and what you like, don’t forget to make it happen.  Don’t live with sheets in the windows or the cheep, ineffective curtains you hung years ago until you “found the right ones”, take the leap to get things ordered.  If cost is an issue, tackle things room by room or wait to shop the sales (they do come and go throughout the year) or check into the option of a bulk order if ordering for a whole house.  All of these options can really help manage the overall cost.

Step 4: Care for Your Windows.

Whatever you decide, whatever you have covering your windows…don’t forget to keep your windows clean!  As I write this from my kitchen table looking out my freshly cleaned windows at my lovely backyard, I am reminded at much of a difference clean windows can make.  Thanks to R&R Maintenance for doing such a great job on mine!  No matter how beautiful your window treatments are, your windows are there for you to see the world outside…so let the light shine in!

I’d love to hear what your favourite window treatments are.  Shoot me a note in the comments below.

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