Quick Guide to Choosing the Best Window Treatments

When it comes to choosing window treatments, yes, you want them to look beautiful in your space, but there’s a bit more to them than meets the eye.

To help you get familiar with some window treatment options that might be best for your home, here’s a quick guide to get you started on the right path.

The Role of Window Treatments in Your Space

  1. Light control around the clock

  2. Privacy day and night

  3. Aesthetics, including opening up your space

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Best Window Treatment Options for Light Control & Privacy

  • roller shades (from sheer to light-blocking)

  • plantation shutters

  • wood blinds

  • functional drapes (i.e. drapes that open and close)

  • sheer drapes

  • top-down, bottom-up shades (aka TDBU), so you get privacy without losing much light

Here are a few examples…

Sheer roller shades allow soft light into the space... but not neighbors’ eyes

Sheer roller shades allow soft light into the space... but not neighbors’ eyes

Functional drapes offer complete privacy — and the dark curtains rods make these sunny warrior-print curtains all the brighter!

Functional drapes offer complete privacy — and the dark curtains rods make these sunny warrior-print curtains all the brighter!

Top down, bottom up woven shades give this family maximum control of privacy and light

Top down, bottom up woven shades give this family maximum control of privacy and light

Nearly sheer shades offer complete privacy but still let in a glow

Nearly sheer shades offer complete privacy but still let in a glow

Window Treatment Aesthetics Options & Ideas

When it comes to aesthetics, there are nearly endless fabric and wood options available, and you can also layer! This means there is SO much you can do with window treatments:

  • Make the space look larger or brighter

  • Play up the room’s design theme

  • Add instant elegance or movement to the room

Here are a few of our favorites…

Though completely decorative, this luxe drapery adds a ton of height and elegance to the room

Though completely decorative, this luxe drapery adds a ton of height and elegance to the room

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Elegant, patterned cornices introduce color, liveliness and a touch of class

This soft teal valance plays up the room’s beachy vibe while wood blinds control light and privacy

This soft teal valance plays up the room’s beachy vibe while wood blinds control light and privacy

Bold, colorful patterned drapery brightens up this 50s Cuban club-inspired living room

Bold, colorful patterned drapery brightens up this 50s Cuban club-inspired living room

Besides the beautiful fabrics and styles available, there’s also some gorgeous window treatment "jewelry" out there. In other words: drapery hardware.

Think beautiful metals, woods, finials made of acrylic, and beyond.

Thin metal rods with scepter-like finials were the perfect accents in this teen’s bedroom

Thin metal rods with scepter-like finials were the perfect accents in this teen’s bedroom

If you approach your window treatment hunt with light, privacy, and aesthetic in mind, you’ll be well on your way to finding the best treatments for your space.

But, if you’d rather just hand the task off to a professional and relax, take a look at our GoDesign service. It could be the quick and easy solution you’ve been looking for!

See you back here soon,
Maria