Four Must-Knows Before Selecting Window Treatments

Living room with blue upholstered furniture, window blinds and white net curtain

Article Courtesy of Richard McCann

One of the most often overlooked features in a room that can have a dramatic impact on a space are window treatments. Usually, you want your window treatments to satisfy a very specific set of needs. Which is of the things that you should know before you decide to purchase window coverings. If you don’t put much thought into what it is that you want them to do, the chances of you not being very happy with your selections are much greater.

Do know what your options are? What types are available? Most people take for granted the number of options that exist in the world of window treatments. There are blinds, shades, shutters, and drapery. These are just the very broad categories, which all consist of different styles. For instance, shades consist of cellular, roller, and roman just to name a few. A very basic description for each is as follows:

  • Blinds– Wood, composite, or metal slats suspended in the window by a series of cords, or vertical slats that are connected directly to the headrail.
  • Shades- typically these are constructed from some type of fabric. Some are made from natural materials such as bamboo or other grasses and must be moved out of the window to be able to see through it.
  • Drapery- This is basically another way to say curtains, but there’s nothing basic about them. Drapery can often have the most dramatic effect on your space of all the window treatments and can be paired with other window coverings to add depth and layering to the look.
  • Shutters- Quite possibly the most classic of all the window treatments. Shutters are essentially louvered doors for your windows. This is also the only type of window treatment that will actually increase the value of your home, as they are considered a permanent fixture.

You get what you pay for. Let’s face it everybody wants to save money, it’s where you decide to save that money that matters. There is no denying that the most beautiful and superior quality window dressings will be reflected in the price tag. Sure, you could get something off the shelf at your local hardware store or mega-mart and go home and throw them up yourself, but chances are high that they won’t be want you really want and will likely need to be replaced frequently.

Finally, consult with a professional. As previously stated, window treatments can have a tremendous impact on the look and feel of your space. Isn’t this something that’s worth doing right? Not to mention that it is super easy, we bring the showroom to you. You can shop right in your home and see how the materials, colors, and textures fit into your décor theme. Besides, do you really want spend hours trying to figure out how to get the right size and style for your windows and they try to install them all yourself?

Richard McCann
Richard owns and operates Made in the Shade Willamette Valley
Call (503) 581-8257 or visit today to book your free in home consultation.

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