What to Consider When Choosing Window Treatments
People select window treatments for a number of different, and very important reasons. Fortunately, there is something for everyone when it comes to window treatments, and you do not have to settle for something plain or ugly, or something that does not truly delight you and meet your needs, or match your décor or the style of your home. But, running out to your nearest home improvement store may not be the best first course of action, and taking some time to think about what you really need for your unique situation is well worth it, since you will probably have the window treatments around for a long time to come and you want to invest in something that is just right for you.
Few people want to have completely bare windows in their home. Most people desire some amount of privacy, as well as light control, for their windows. Sound control may also be an issue for some, depending on where you live, and whether or not you hear traffic noise or neighbors near your home. Also, most people want to have some beauty added to their home, and window treatments are a terrific way to add style.
When trying to think about what window treatments are going to work best in your own personal space, here are some things to think about. First, take a look around your home and decide what exactly you really like about it and the décor already. Are your windows decorative and charming on their own, with beautiful wood work that you may not want to completely cover? Or do you have older windows that may be in need of some repair or painting? This can affect the type of window treatment that you choose, because some types may work as great camouflage, while others can help you to showcase the beautiful features that your current windows may already offer to the décor.
Do you have existing window treatments that you are looking to enhance? Or do the entire window treatments just need updating or replacing? Older, worn window treatments may not be able to be salvaged, but if you already have functional blinds, for example, that are not in disrepair or too worn, then you may just want to add curtains or a valance to spruce things up. Also, consider how difficult it might be to completely change the window treatments, because some blinds or other window treatments that are already permanently installed may require that you do some sort of woodwork or frame repair before you go ahead and start over with different window treatments.
Is safety going to be a consideration? Installing window treatments when you have small children and pets is different than installing them when you live alone or when there are only adults living in the home. Corded blinds can be a serious safety hazard and you want to take the right precautions. For example, putting corded blinds in a child’s bedroom is usually considered to be a “no no” but having them in your regular living space may not be a huge problem.
How large is your budget for purchasing window treatments? Some are very affordable and inexpensive, yet will still add plenty of beauty to your home. But, when you really start looking at window treatments you will quickly realize that the costs can add up and be quite considerable. Although you may be ready to make the investment, since you will have them for a long time to come, you have to be realistic about what you can really afford. Beautiful windows are great, but you still have to pay the rent or make your mortgage payment to truly enjoy them.
Make sure you know what you are looking for, and how you want the outcome to look when choosing window treatments for your home. It can be a very big decision!