Window curtains and treatments add the finishing touch to your home decor. Choosing window treatments is an important decision, because the drapes, blinds or shades you choose for your home will define its personality and character. Do you want a cozy haven to come home to each evening, with chintz curtains and matching slipcovers? Or an elegant space framed by gracious damask curtains and valances? Or sophisticated, functional wood blinds? The good news of course is that you can choose a different look for different parts of the house.
Window treatments double as temperature control
Experienced home owners and decorators also know that that you have keep in mind a lot more than design, color and texture. Curtains, drapes and blinds act as insulation, keeping your home cooler in summer and warmer in winter. They also allow you to control the amount of light, and can be adjusted for privacy.
Windows without any covering can lose up to 50% of the home’s heating or cooling energy. Window treatments serve the highly practical function of reducing this energy loss. Window awnings too can help to lower energy costs, reducing heat inside the home by 77%. The Center for Sustainable Building Research at the University of Minnesota has found that installing window awnings can lower cooling costs by up to 15% in a typical home. Installing awnings also gives you a shady outdoor seating area, perfect for entertaining on summer days.
Blinds or shades?
A great deal depends on your personal taste and the look you want to achieve. To some extent, the size and shape of the window also determines the type of window treatment that will work best. Blinds have a sophisticated look, especially in new materials, like birch or bamboo which add a feeling of warmth and comfort. Blinds are also very practical, allowing you to control the amount of light and privacy.
By blocking the harsh glare of the sun, blinds protect furniture, carpets and paintings from damage and loss of color. They are available in a wide range of colors and materials, to match almost any home decor. Wood blinds or vinyl blinds that simulate the look of wood have a warm, comfortable, and homely look.
Like blinds, shades are an ecofriendly window treatment. Shades have a clean, trendy, avant-garde look. They are suitable for standard sized windows as well as for curved or arched windows and skylights. Available in a range of colors and materials, they can harmonize with your home decor to produce an overall impression of space and light.
Window curtains express your style
Window curtains and draperies come in a range of classic tones and modern textures. You can have a lot of fun choosing the right style for your house or for each room – warm velvets, cotton curtains with applique work for a cottage-y look or satin and damask for understated elegance.
Curtains define your living and work spaces. They also have practical functions, reducing heat loss or keeping homes cooler in summer. Some types of curtains are designed to bloc out UV rays, and even sound for greater comfort.
With so much to choose from, a little professional help and advice can go a long way. And some window treatment companies will come out to your home with samples, so you can see how your choices will look before you go ahead and make the purchase.