Shed some Light on Window Treatments

Having choices is great but it can be a daunting task when it comes  to choosing window treatments for your home because you have many, many choices.  The decision you make will be determined by your need for privacy, light control, view, and your preferred interior decorating style.  Let’s take a look at some common types of window treatments.

  • Shutters are a wonderful choice for most interiors.  They offer the ultimate in light control and privacy and come in many different sizes from a small 2′ vein for country interiors to  large 5″  plantation shutters for a sleek, contemporary look.  Keep in mind that the larger shutters allow more light into the room and make it possible for a view to be seen.  You can place a valance or cornice above the shutters or stationary panels on the sides to add some softness and color. 
  • Draperies can be made to coordinate with any style interior.  Simple tab top, rod pocket or grommet hung draperies offer a clean, unfussy look to a room.  On the other hand, pinch pleated draperies with a matching valance provide a formal look.  Placing stationary drapery panels on either side of a window or door allows you to bring color and pattern into the room without the expense of full draperies.
  • Shade styles range from a simple roller shade to billowy balloon shades in a coordinating fabric.  Roman shades are another option.  Many manufacturers today offer shades that are woven from natural materials like bamboo and grass cloth.  These add a nice textural look to the room and still provide privacy .  Blackout fabric can be applied to most shades for the ultimate in light control.
  • Toppers include valances and cornices.  A valance is attached to a rod of some sort and attached to the wall.  A cornice is an l-shaped box that has been upholstered and attached to the wall.  These toppers finish off a window nicely without blocking a view or requiring large amounts of fabric.
  • Drapery hardware can be found in just about any style, color or size imaginable.  You can choose metal rods in chrome, brass, oil rubbed bronze, brushed nickel or wrought iron.  Wooden rods are available in many stains that will match your woodwork.  All of these rods come with matching rings, finials and drapery tiebacks for a fully coordinated look.

For a complete selection of window treatments visit sites such as www.smithandnoble.com or www.hunterdouglas.com.  They offer many styles as well as solutions for difficult areas like sliding glass doors or odd shaped windows.  You can also provide your own fabrics and trim for truly customized window treatments.