Next to seeing a lack of a rug in a space, seeing no proper window treatments is probably one of the dead giveaways that your room is badly designed. Yep, I can’t sugar coat it. You need to get the window treatment right to get your space to look finished.
If your windows are always an afterthought in your home because you are overwhelmed by the different options available to you, we’ve got a treat for you. We simplified everything you need to know about window treatments to an easily digestible blog post.
First, let’s talk about types of window treatments.
There are hard window treatments. These are your shutters, blinds, roller shades, etc.
Then there are soft window treatments. Things like drapes, curtains, roman shades, etc.
In most cases, to finish a room and for it to be functional, you will need to combine the soft and the hard in a way that compliments the design of the room. This will become more apparent as you go through this article.
Here are the few basic types of window treatments that you should know.
Drapes & Curtains
Drapes hang from a rod above the window and are made from fabric. That means drapes provide a lot of options in different patterns, colours and textures. You can buy drapes ready-made or have them custom made! You can even make them yourself, if you are a little handy. Read more on how to hang drapes properly in this article we have posted.
There are 3 main types of shades that you can choose from. All of these types of shades come in various options of colour, material and opacity and are available ready made or customized to your needs.
Roller shades are quite common and are hung in a tube shape from the top of the window. There are a ton of options when it comes to colour, material and opacity of roller shades.
Roman shades are made up of elegant folds that sit on top of one another and are either lowered or raised to control the amount of light coming in. These shades are quite elegant and a designer fave.
Honeycomb shades are fantastic for maintaining privacy, brightness control and for saving energy costs. They are also often called cellular shades.
Blinds are a little bit like shades and are made of plastic or wood slats that stack on top of each other. They raised or lowered as needed for privacy and light. This is by far the cheapest and most common option.
There are interior and exterior shutters but for the purpose of this article, we are focusing on the interior kind. Shutters, commonly called Plantation Shutters, are characterised by their tilted wooden louvers, which are similar to the slats on blinds. They can come in a variety of materials like wood, MDF, or plastic.
Think about what kind of window treatments you might need.
For example, are you looking for something that blocks light to let you sleep in but you can leave open to let light in and have some privacy during the day?
Or are you in the middle of nowhere so privacy doesn’t matter but you’re looking for something that brings a ton of style to your space?
Knowing what you want will help you figure which type of window treatment works best for you and whether you need to layer treatment to get what you need.
Think how the window coverings will fit into the overall design and aesthetic of your space.
Is there an opportunity to bring in pattern or texture through your window coverings? Or does a more neutral, simple window covering fit the design better? Knowing how your window coverings fit into your overall design of the space will give you that finished look and feel you’re after from your home.
Measure and measure again.
Someone wise once said measure twice and cut once. Doubt that on this topic. Measure and measure again. You want to get the measurements right. How you measure for your window covering will depend on what type of window coverings you are going with.
For example, blinds and shades can be mounted inside or outside the window. What works best for you? Shutters require specific measurements as well since it’s mounted inside the window in a way it can be opened into the room.
Drapes are probably the easiest. Just make sure that you have two and half times the width of the window in fabric to give it a full look when fully closed.
There you have it. Everything you need to know about window treatments in one short blog post. If there is one piece of advice we can leave you with, it is that you should not leave window treatments to be an afterthought in your design.