So, you’ve just built your new dream home. Typically, one of the final decisions is what type of custom window treatments you need. Just like a jacket, window treatments can dress up or dress down a room, so it’s important to keep these considerations in mind when outfitting your windows onto the world.
What is your home’s design style?
Since indoor window treatments are often a focal point in any room, it’s important that they make as big of a design statement as the flooring and colors you chose to decorate with. If your home is a casual design, like a beach cottage or mountain retreat, the window treatments should be casual as well. Sheer horizontal or vertical shades offer a light airy feel, while natural woven shades combine rich materials for a warm, natural look. They can be fabricated with a cord loop, without a cord, or as a motorized shade.
If your home is more of a neo-traditional ranch style with stone or brick facade, a more substantial window blind like a custom plantation shutter will look as good from the outside looking in as it does from the inside looking out. Plantation shutters are something you usually only need to buy once, as they are made with premium materials of exceptional quality designed to provide long-term value. The can be custom order in just about any size, color, or stain finish.
Where are the window treatments located within your new home?
If you’re outfitting kitchen windows, you never want to opt for floor-length panels, according House Beautiful. Because kitchens are such high traffic areas, cafe-style curtains that sit on the windowsill or Roman shades are a better fit. Light-filtering and UV-filtering shades can help keep kitchens cool without blocking the view.
In bathroom areas that are subject to high humidity, faux wood horizontal blinds are a good choice. They hold up well to moisture, and keep their shape and color for years.
For hard to reach areas, like lofts or Palladium windows, motorized shades are a great alternative. Easy to open and close, motorized roller shades or sheerweave sun shades are an excellent option. Roller shades are woven shades where the openings in the fabric allow for scenic views while blocking much of the sun’s harmful rays. Designer roll up shades feature today’s most popular decorator fabrics, while solar screens range from natural textures to solid and modern designs and color palettes.
Cordless blinds are a safe alternative for a child’s room, nursery or playroom. They are as beautiful as they are secure.
What not to do when choosing custom window treatments.
First and foremost, don’t opt for a different new look in every room. Consistency is important for a cohesive look and feel. You can play them up or down as needed. For instance, a natural wood shade can be used throughout your new home. In more formal areas like a dining room or living room, you can add some unique curtain rods and side drapery panels in fabrics with a soft linen or silk feel to dress up the room.
Don’t force curtain rods into areas they don’t belong. For instance, in a room with dormer windows or high slanted ceilings or if there’s a group of windows that wrap around a corner, plantation shutters or horizontal blinds are often your best bet.
The professionals at Shutters, Blinds and More can point you in the best direction.
Unsure which way to go? Ask for advice from our experts at Shutters, Blinds, and More in Wesley Chapel, Florida. We will work with you one-on-one to design the perfect window treatment to fit any window, door, room, office, or an entire home or commercial building. We also offer a full shop-at-home service and products that can fit any budget. To learn more, visit www.shuttersblindsandmore.com.