Unless you’re an extreme minimalist, bare walls are not the best option to choose when deciding the personality of a space. With so many unique styles, textures, and colors to fit your personality, you may feel it is a daunting task to decide which one fits your space perfectly. However, by narrowing down what styles fit what needs, and how these apply to the functionalities you are looking for, it becomes much easier to sort through the vast array of window treatment styles. Here is a guide to help you decide exactly what you want for the windows in your space.
Shutters offer simple, clean lines that complement shapely arched windows like nothing else. Originating in Greece because of its ability to offer both ventilation and protection from the elements in a tropical environment, this basic window covering continues to provide functionality and simple beauty in the modern age. Don’t be fooled by it’s simplicity however, as with other window treatment styles, this one has the versatility of a chameleon. Its not even limited to inside spaces! Outside shutters can bring contrast and curve appeal to any home décor. Shutters are a great option to choose if you are looking for some privacy in a room, as they have the bottom-up feature that blocks vision from that angle.
Roman shades work in almost any space because of their classy and practical nature. In their simplest form they are panels that can be raised or lowered through a rings and cord system sewed on the back of the fabric. After this, the possibilities are endless. These tend look best on windows that are either sectioned, or not too wide, such as bedroom windows. These shades are best for light-duty rooms, perhaps a little-used living room window that only needs gentle primping to look its best.
Blinds are considered hard window treatments. They have slats that are able to tilt or angle to allow for maximum control of the amount of light entering a room. They can also be fully opened, or even pulled up, for an unobstructed view. Blinds work really well for rooms that have strong architectural features. These work really well in offices, deep windows, and doors.
Panels and Valance
Panels are great to use on wide windows that have a beautiful view to frame. One way to do it is to unite softly gathered curtain panels with a wide tailored valance spanning the width of the window at the top. Be sure to let the panels reach the floor in length. Panels that are too short risk getting that high-water nerdy look.
If your window is sectioned, opt for tent-flap panels. These mount treatments offer clean lines and a snugger fit within the frame of each window that helps insulate your room. They also look great open or closed depending on the weather’s mood for the day. This type of shade is great to use for living room windows.
And there you have it! A basic look at some of the most popular window treatment options, and where they work the best. Whatever project you are working on, it is wise to use both functionality and personality as guides when choosing décor for your home or office. At Shutter Masters, we know that choosing from all of these options can seem fairly daunting at times, and are more than happy to help you reach your decorating goals. We will bring samples, fabric and color options so you can see what the treatments will look like in your home or place of business. Let Shutter Masters’ in home services help take the guesswork out of deciding the best solution for your window treatment needs. Schedule your free consultation today!