If you just bought a new house there are many things you must do to get everything ready for you to move in. One of these things is putting window treatments on the windows. Below are three tips to help you decide what window treatments would work best for your home.
Consider the Room
Think about the room where you will be hanging the window treatments before you start shopping. This will help you decide if you would like to purchase drapes, shades, or printed or solid curtains. For example, if the room already has a lot of décor, adding printed curtains may make the room look too busy. Instead, solid curtains would look much better.
If the walls in the room are patterned--such as with wallpaper--choose solid curtains, blinds, or shades. If the walls in the room are a solid color, then choosing patterned would be better.
Consider the Purpose
Besides just covering a window, curtains can be used for many more purposes. For example, you may want to choose blackout window treatments if you need to darken a room during the day--like if someone works at night and sleeps all day. Alternately, you may want to let the sun shine through but not all of the sun. In a case like this, transparent window treatments would work well.
Solar shades allow you to limit how much sun shines through the window. Cellular shades insulate your windows making these shades energy efficient. The fabric used for solar shades have small honeycombs which trap air from getting out of and into the window. This means you will stay more comfortable in your home no matter what the temperature is outside.
Consider Going Minimal
If you currently have heavy curtains on your windows, remove the curtains and replace them with shades or blinds. Some types of shades and blinds that you could choose include:
- Wood blinds: These are made of real wood using a variety of grains and stains.
- Faux blinds: These are not made with real wood but are a less expensive option when compared to wood.
- Woven wood blinds: Made of materials like bamboo, reeds, and grass, woven wood blinds go well in a casual room. You can place a fabric behind the blinds if you want more privacy.
- Roller shades: These are simple to use because you simply roll them up and down. When the shades are up, you cannot tell that there is a shade on the window. You can choose different options, such as shades that filter light or blackout shades.
If you need help choosing window treatments, you can hire an interior designer to help you with this. There are also local companies like Classic Curtains & Interiors that can help you with ideas and purchases.