Updating the window treatments in your home is one of the simplest ways to transform its look and feel, but with seemingly infinite options when it comes to blinds, shades, and shutters, how do you choose? Where do you start? Begin by asking yourself the following five questions, and you will be well on your way to choosing the perfect window treatments for your home:
How will you be using each room, and what kind of light will it need?
Though it’s easiest to choose one style of window treatment for use throughout your entire home, you will get so much more out of your windows if you consider the unique functions and lighting needs for each space, and dress them accordingly. You wouldn’t put the same furniture in every room of your home, why would you do so with your window treatments? For example, black-out shades may be ideal for a bedroom, while sheer Roman shades would be a good fit for your kitchen where you drink your coffee every morning.
How will the window function?
Give some thought to how the window itself will need to function. Will you be opening it frequently to create a cross-breeze, or is it a window you know you’ll rarely ever use? For example, simple, no-fuss roller shades are great for windows you will use on a regular basis.
How important is privacy?
Privacy may not be a high priory in a family room, but will likely take precedence in a bathroom or bedroom. Top-down bottom-up shades are an ideal solution in a bathroom so that natural light can come in through the top portion of the window while your privacy is still protected by the shade covering the bottom portion of the window.
How important is energy efficiency?
Sheer curtains may be pretty, but they will do little to improve your home’s energy efficiency. The right blinds, shades, or shutters can deflect summer sun and winter winds while preserving your home’s heat and air when you need it most, reducing your energy bills for years to come.
What look and feel do you want to achieve?
Last but not least, choosing new window treatments provides a great chance to completely update your home’s style, or enhance a look you already love. Depending on the boldness of the treatments you choose, they can easily become the pop of color or focal point a room’s been missing, or the ideal compliment to your favorite space. Form, function, privacy, and energy efficiency are all incredibly important when choosing the best window treatments for your home, but choosing something you love is perhaps most important of all.