Sunday, April 24, 2016

How to Select Window Treatments

If you've just moved into a new home, or you are looking to redecorate a room in your current home, chances are you're in need of new window treatments. Finding the best window treatment for a space can be a daunting task for many homeowners, but with a few simple considerations, this process can be fun!

Recognizing your needs as a home owner is the first step to determining the best type of window treatment for you and your space.

Who will be using the room?

If you have young children or pets, you'll probably want to select a window covering with less maintenance. Crawlers and toddlers love to pull and twist floor length fabric panel drapes. it can be difficult to monitor young children around drapes constantly. With pets, depending on species and energy level, you'll have to make sure you select a drapery style that can't be damaged by tugging or clawing. Again, something that doesn't reach the ground may be ideal. A valance or roman shade is a great option for an active family with young children or pets!

How much privacy do you need?

Obviously privacy is a large factor to consider when selecting window treatments. If your windows are facing the street or a neighbors house, you'll want to make sure you not only select a window treatment that can completely cover the window, but also a fabric that is well lined. A simple valance won't provide you with much privacy, so on these windows you'll want to look into your options with roman shades or drapery panels.

What kind of lighting do you need?

Do you work nights and sleep during the day? Do you have a toddler who takes mid-day naps? If you answered "yes" to either of these questions, then a shade or drapery panel with blackout lining would probably be very beneficial to you!

On the other hand, if you're trying to let in as much natural light as possible during the day, you'll want to make sure you select a window treatment that can be pulled up (roman shades), or that doesn't cover the window (valance). You'll also want to make sure to avoid drapery with heavy lining, and you should consider a sheer or lighter weight material.

What style is your space?

It's no surprise that the style of your space will have an impact on your drapery selection. However, many window treatment options can work with different design styles. For example, a floor length drapery panel can be made modern or traditional by the type of fabric used, or the way it's hung. Understanding the style of your space before selecting window treatments will make your decision much easier.

What fabric will you use?

Often finding the perfect fabric can dictate the style of curtain you go with. Something with a strong linear pattern may look more dramatic and eye catching in a floor length drape, where something with a bold geometric pattern can bring life to an otherwise simple roman shade.

With these considerations in mind, finding the perfect window treatment for your space doesn't need to be overwhelming!

Check out all of the window treatment options we have available on Etsy! The Window Treatments by Melissa team is always happy to help. Please contact us with any questions or to make an order.


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