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If you’re planning to dress up your window or just want to add new elements for a completely different look, what better way to do that than to use window treatments? If used effectively, these window treatment ideas can provide efficient light and privacy control, create the illusion of space, hide structural defects and create a whole new ambiance in any area in your house. Here we will discuss two most important window treatment ideas.
Basically, there are different kinds of window treatments you can use either by themselves or combined. These are drapes, curtains, blinds and shutters. Your pick on which of these window treatments to use will depend on your needs and the particular look you want to give a room.
Drapes and curtains
Drapes and curtains are probably one of the most common window treatment ideas. If you want to expand the room and create the illusion of a bigger space, use light colored curtains and light fabrics. Light colors also allow more light and create a sunnier room. Let in the breeze and sunshine with tiebacks that either match the curtains or provide a great accent.
Drapes are perfect for Victorian-inspired rooms or if you want to create a romantic, opulent look. They can make any window look elegant especially if you choose colors and texture that are rich and luxurious. If you have tall windows, use heavy drapes to keep the windows from overwhelming your window treatments. Lighter drapes look best in smaller windows.
If you want muted light and control sound coming into the room, use heavier drapes and thicker curtains. These work great if your window is located next to a busy street or a light source. As for print design and color, there are thousands to choose from. Look for fabric that will match the colors of the room well or at least compliment the scheme you already have.
Shutters and blinds
Shutters and blinds can be made with fabric, vinyl or wood. Shutters create a look that is similar to the plantations of the Old South. You get great control over light and privacy by simply opening or closing the louvers. They also offer great protection from wind and dust. If you want a country-style house or a look reminiscent of a Paris apartment or a nice remote beach house, shutters make a perfect window treatment for your home.
If you want more privacy, use plantation shutters to cover the full height of the window. But if you don’t want to cover a great view outside, choose cafe-style shutters. These are the type that cover the lower portion of the window and leave the other top portion bare.
Blinds also allow you to manipulate light and give you better control over privacy. If you have large windows, you can try festoon blinds. This type of blinds will work well if you want the puffy, romantic look. If not, go for plain fabric blinds or Roman blinds, which allow you to lift an entire portion of the fabric to keep the window view clear.
Want enough light but don’t want full visuals? Use adhesive films that can be attached to window panels to create a frosted or decorative look. These window panel films come in different color tints so you can choose the ones that will fit any room perfectly. These films also help reduce glare, heat and UV damage to furnishings and occupants. This type of window treatment is perfect if you want an instant minimalist look that combines function and style all at the same time.