It is not just that window treatments dress up your windows and give a sneak peek into your style; they do much more than that.
When you pick the right window treatment, you enjoy privacy, better sleep, light, and fresh air. When you choose the window treatment, they should be functional for the room and also add to the style.
Ready for picking the right fit for your space? Check them out here!
Know Your Options
Start from exploring all the options before you begin narrowing down. Each window treatment is a little different in looks and functionality, also opens and closes differently.
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Window blinds are usually made of plastic, wood, faux wood, or metal material and feature slats. These slats can be tilted at angles to allow or control the light coming in, or you can pull down or up the blinds completely.
Cellular blinds give a fabric feel due to their unique honeycomb cell construction stacking cells on top of each other. They are better than slat style blinds in offering insulation.
Shades are a more structured window treatment where the solid piece of fabric either folds gently or they stack on each other. They can cover the windows completely without even leaving an inch of space making them ideal for answering privacy concerns if you have the side channel option installed.
They are great for bedrooms, study rooms, entertainment rooms, etc. Not only can they be in a light filtering fabric but they can also come in a complete blackout fabric.
Roller shades have one piece of fabric that rolls neatly around a header. You can pull them up or down as per your convenience. Roman shades have sections of fabric that stack one upon another.
They offer a more tailored look than roller shades. Motorized shades add to the comfort, convenience, and safety – you can open or close them with a single touch from anywhere anytime.
Curtains are your best friend when you want more of style than functionality in your space. They come in a varied range of fabrics, from sheer to solid and blackout. The fabric type and weight affect privacy and light filtering.
Sheer curtains are a big hit. They offer you a bit of everything – looks, privacy, and light control.
But don’t expect too much! The natural light easily flows in the room brightening them while still maintaining privacy. You can pair sheer curtains with blackout curtains to get more privacy and light control.
Interior shutters have slats that are surrounded by the wooden frame. These slats can be adjusted up and down to allow some light and maintain privacy. For complete sunlight, you can simply open the shutter completely.
AluCore Poly Shutters are an amazing shutter that fits all three criteria – privacy, light, and air. They are made from high-quality synthetic materials and have aluminum inserts in the stiles and louvers for added strength and durability.
They are super energy efficient offering insulating factors up to R-value 6.0. They are 70% better energy efficient than wood and 1600% better than aluminum.
Look for the Functional Needs
Just like every room is different your window coverings will be also to have a functional value that is suited to a specific room.
In the bathroom and bedroom, you want more privacy and light control rather than style while for the living room it might be the opposite. So let us see what those functional needs you need to consider are.
As we said earlier, the bathroom and bedroom would require more privacy than common areas like the kitchen and living room. Cellular shades are a great pick, they offer excellent privacy. Roller shades can also be a great choice!
Cellular Shades and motorized blackout shades with side channels are a great way to get better control over light coming in from outside.
The side channels work as an extra barrier layer that does not allow the light to come in from the spaces between the shade and the window frame.
To achieve this, you can order Room Darkening or Blackout shades. Many people don’t find any difference between them both, but we let you understand that both are not the same.
Room darkening fabrics block the light that comes into the room, anyone who wants to get rid of the outdoor lights but still wanting that some light keeps coming in, they should go for room darkening fabrics.
Blackout Shades are perfect for those who are in love with complete darkness. It has multiple layers that completely block the light. There needs to be a small gap on the side of the shades to allow for the smooth functioning of the shades.
If you are adamant about having a complete blackout, then as we told you earlier opt for the side channels. They will help you achieve the desired effect.
If you are still confused, you can ask for product samples and compare yourself.
If you live in areas with a tropical climate like Florida, you might require window treatments that stop the sun from barging in and increasing the heat.
Cellular shades are a perfect way to ensure your room feels more comfortable without putting pressure on your air conditioner.