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Different Types of Window Treatments

Nov 16, 2007
No matter what kind of home you live in, you probably have windows all over the place and no idea what you want to cover them with. Traditional curtains with metal rods and accents are an easy choice, but there are a lot more options these days.

The first thing to consider when you move into a home or want to change your current window treatments is what function that window will play in the room. Will it be a source of light from the outside of the home, is there a scenic view beyond it, or will you want to keep it covered most of the time? Your window treatment will also need to blend in with the rest of the room and provide a sense of unity.

You will need to consider what level of privacy you will require in that particular room, as well. Drapes may provide more privacy than blinds or shutters.

Considering the function of the room is also essential. If you are wanting window treatments for a formal room, you may want to consider some higher quality materials or go for a more unique look.

Venetian blinds do not add much style to the window or the room itself unless they are paired with another kind of window treatment. Venetian blinds are often seen in houses and apartments for rent mainly because they are not expensive and do not add any personality to the room. These are usually made of plastic or aluminum, but they are also made of wood.

Scarves can be placed on a window and is generally wrapped loosely around a pole to frame the window on both sides and the top. They are usually paired up with shutters, shades, or blinds.

Vertical blinds are also a good choice and can be made of wood, vinyl, or even fabric. These stack side-by-side and when they are pulled back from the window, they completely collapse and are out of the way. You can place a scarf over these for a little added personality, but these are not always necessary.

Valances are also used on top of blinds or other types of window treatments and are used for decorative purposes only. Rectangular fabrics are most often used for these and while they do tend to be used to decorate the top of the windows and accent blinds, no blinds or shades have to be used under these. In rooms where the view outside is exceptional, a valance may be all that is wanted or needed.
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