Choosing Window Coverings
Years ago, choosing window coverings was relatively easy for two reasons. First, windows were of standard sizes and shapes and window treatment options were slim. Today, choosing window coverings can be a little more challenging simply because the variety of choices is so much greater. Regardless of the size or shape of your window, you can be sure to find an abundance of solutions.
The choice of window coverings depends on a number of factors. Of course, there is the size of the window itself but other considerations include the decor of the home, architectural features, privacy issues, energy solutions, color, texture, and so on. Most often, people begin with the palette, looking for window treatments that will enhance or coordinate with the room. For instance, if your living room were done in a Tuscany theme, you might go with something rich and heavy. However, if you want window coverings for a baby's nursery, you would likely choose a lighter, airy solution.
Then, you want to consider privacy, which has become more and more an issue. For this, you want to make sure your neighbors cannot see into the home, that passersby do not have viewing privileges at night while you are watching television, or that street traffic is not able to see in. In addition to providing you with privacy, good window coverings are also needed for added safety and security.
Then, you have the issue of high-energy costs. We see air conditioning and heating bills on the rise. Choosing window coverings wisely provides you with an opportunity to cut your monthly bill down by as much as 30%! You could purchase tight slatted blinds made of wood or faux wood, which are great for blocking out the hot sun's UV rays. However, thermal lined drapes or cellular shades are also excellent options that keep the cost of running a home down.
The exciting thing about window coverings on the market today is that most are affordably priced and easy to install. For instance, while designer curtains were at one time a luxury item for those that could afford them, we now see regular retail and department stores carrying top brands. This means you get the same high quality material and workmanship for a fraction of the original cost. Then, considering the installation process is super easy, you can buy the window coverings, whether drapes, shutters, or blinds, and have them up to enjoy in a matter of an hour!
Therefore, as you shop around for new window coverings, remember style of course, deciding on what looks best for the room in which they will be used. Once you have made up your mind, you will want to take accurate measurements. For this, we strongly recommend you measure in three places on the top and sides since most windows are not perfectly square. From there, you can visit your local window treatment, retail, or department store, choosing the exact solution for your windows that you want.