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The View with the Room

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The windows of your home are your view out on the world. Besides the obvious function window treatments play, like protecting your privacy, they also keep the cold out, control the amount of light you want in the room at any given time and unify the separate elements of a room’s interior design. From curtains to blinds to shades and decorative accessories such as swags and valances, there is such variety of window treatments to choose from. But it’s not hard to select window treatments that will complement the rooms of your home if you know what to look for.

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To decide what type of window treatment will be best for each room, take the following into consideration:

  • The shape and size of the window you are purchasing the curtains or blinds for.
  • How much do you want to spend? Custom made drapes and blinds will cost more than ready made window treatments.
  • Your personal preference – perhaps you like the idea of slatted wood blinds in the family room but would prefer curtains with a valance for your master bedroom.
  • How much light do you want to keep out/let in? When selecting window treatments for your home theater blinds designed to shut out the light would be more appropriate than sheers.
  • Take into account your lifestyle. For example, if you work the night shift more often than not, lined curtains or a heavier type of window treatment would be better for you when you have to sleep during the day. Or if you have young children in the home, you will want to exclude any type of window treatment that could become a safety hazard such as blinds or shades with cords.

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Because the window treatment is an important factor in unifying the room’s overall look and feel, don’t forget to match the type you choose to the style of the room. The formal look of heavy panel curtains paired with sheers and a valance is better suited in a traditional style room with tall windows. Country styled rooms would typically have a window treatment that included ruffles or frills. A room with a predominately contemporary décor works well with almost any kind of window treatment except for the more formal types of window coverings. When selecting the type of material for curtains for a traditional window treatment, choose heavier fabrics like velvets, silks and brocades. For window treatments in country and contemporary style rooms, cottons, lighter silks, wools and linens are all good choices.

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How much time do you want to spend on window treatment maintenance? If you don’t want to spend a lot of time taking care of the curtains and blinds in your home, select window treatments that are easy to care for and require the minimum amount of upkeep. Blinds, shades and shutters tend to collect dust. Since any type of fabric window treatment will need to be cleaned from time to time, choose ones that can be laundered rather than having to send them to the dry cleaners.

Window treatments frame the windows that you look out of every day, letting in the light or shutting out the world as you see fit. Choosing the right window treatments not only makes your living space more functional, it also adds style and value to your home.

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