How to pick the best window treatments for each window in your home

When it comes to covering the windows in your home, there are so many choices in window treatments, your head may just spin.  You need to decide whether you want blinds, curtains, shutters or drapes.  Then you have to decide what material your choice should be made from.  Finally, you have to decide on the color that the window treatment should be.  While style plays an important role because you do not want the décor the clash, it should not be your first thought, nor should it be your deciding factor.

First and foremost, you need to decide on how much privacy is needed in the rooms where you will be installing the new Hunter Douglas Blinds, shades, shutters or drapes.  Then you need to decide how much light should be able to enter the room in question.  These two questions help you to determine what window treatment would be best for that particular room and/or window.


For example, if you are looking for total darkness and privacy, then your best bet is to enquire about lined curtains.  If you are looking for privacy, but would like to let some light in during the day, then you can forego the lining.  However, the lining also helps to protect the curtains from sun damage and further insulates the room.


If curtains are not your thing, then another good option for maintaining privacy while still letting light in is that of either roller or cellular shades.  Cellular shades are honeycomb shaped and are also considered an excellent insulator.  Roller shades, on the other hand, are less expensive, but easy to install. Roller shades contain tiny perforations that allow light in while maintaining privacy.   Both are especially popular choices for bathrooms.  However, if you are hanging them on a window over a tub, you may want to splurge for a remote so that nobody slips or falls while trying to open or close them.


If you would like to be able to control both the amount of light as well as the amount of privacy, then the window treatments you should look at are blinds and shutters.  Both of these choices allow for near total darkness and near-total privacy when they are closed.  However, when they are opened to allow light in, they also limit the amount of privacy given to the room.


Blinds come in two major varieties, horizontal and vertical.  Regardless of which way you want the slats to go, you can then decide on the size of the slats.  They are usually controlled by strings, so this is not the best bet for anyone with small children or animals unless you splurge for a remote control.


Shutters are usually made of wood and are controlled by a rod that is placed in the middle of the slats.  They can be painted or stained to match the décor of the room and help to increase the resale value of your home because they look good from both the interior and exterior of your home.

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