Whether you are starting out at a new place or freshening up your home after a long winter, window treatments can make all the difference! Choosing the right curtains, shades, blinds or shutters for your house can help to pull your entire decorating scheme together and make a mere house or apartment into a home that you can truly call your own!
Match Your Window Type
In order to make a good decision about your window treatments, you should first match up the types of windows that you have. You will want to make sure that you choose the right types of curtains to get the look you want. Common types of windows include: double hung, casement, bay, picture and transom windows — each of which has their own unique style and each of which work best with certain types of window dressings.
The types of windows you have should be a factor in choosing your window treatments since shutters may look great on a transom window, but if you have a large bank of windows you would probably be better off with long panel curtains on a decorative rod. In the same vein, if you have double hung windows, you will have more window dressing options than if you have French doors.
Match Your Style
Determine what styles of window treatments you are looking for based on your window types, but also pay attention to the style and feel of your home. Choosing dressings for double hung windows in an old farmhouse is light years away from picking out modern shades for a trendy uptown apartment. Think about how you want the whole room to feel and pick window dressings that help to tie all of your décor together.
Match Your Price
On a limited budget? Just starting out on your own? If so, it’s good to remember to get creative with your window dressings. After all, they don’t even have to be new! If you know what you want and what size and style of window you have, then you can find window treatments almost anywhere. You could scour yard sales in the spring to find gently used curtains, and valances to restyle and refurbish if you have a creative side. In fact, you could even visit your local re-sale store or flea markets to find old shutters and blinds that could be refinished or hosed down to make great new-to-you window treatment for only a few dollars.
Choosing the right shades, blinds, curtains or shutters for your home can be the final touch that makes everything come together. The right gingham or lace takes a plain room and turns it into a cohesive space, so it is worth putting some thought and time into your decision to make sure you find the best possible window treatment for your home.