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3 window treatments to consider for your living room

by emily

in Design & Trends, Interior Design

Your living room is a place for comfort, conversation, entertainment and lazy Sundays. It’s a living space to relax in and host guests. With that in mind, a living room traditionally includes a variety of house and home lounge suites, side and coffee tables for drinks, a television and music system for entertainment, and adequate lighting to create a welcoming atmosphere.

The trick with lighting in a living room is that natural light is your best asset. Your lounge should have windows that allow sunlight to stream through and fill the room. But, as with every light source, you need to have a means of controlling it. You may be able to dim your LED lights but you can’t exactly ask the sun to shine less brightly.

This is where window treatments come in. Window treatments are the interior design term for anything that is used alongside a window to control light as well as add a decorative element to the room. They can also be used to create privacy from the street and your neighbours, especially at night when you’d rather not have your new smart TV on display for all those walking past the house.  

Three window treatments to consider for your living room include curtains, shades and blinds. These are the main window treatments used in any home. The treatment you choose will be based on the environment you wish to create in your living room and what will work best with the windows you have to work with.


Curtains have been around for many years and are an affordable window treatment to maintain. Online home stores make it easy to find curtains for sale in South Africa that will fulfil its function and add to your living room.

But there are a few things you need to take into consideration when choosing a curtain for your living room windows. With all the window treatment options we’re going to discuss, it’s not as simple as choosing something “pretty” and hanging it up.

  • Rods: Your curtains will hang from a rod that is usually installed above your window. There are four types of curtain rods to choose from. Classic, return and tension rods are used to hold eyelet curtains and track rods are the ones with curtain hooks that your curtains can be hung from. The rod you choose will depend on the look that will match your living room and the type of curtains you have.    
  • Fabric: When choosing curtains for your living room, you need to be certain of what you want its function to be. If it’s purely for aesthetic and a “dimming” effect then sheer curtains are a popular choice. But, if you want to be able to block out the light, you’ll need to find curtains for sale that are of a thick or lined fabric. Some people choose to have two sets of curtains on a track rod with the lined one at the back and one of a lighter material in the front. This way they can alternate between both options.   
  • Colour: Curtains come in all colours and patterns you could possibly want. This makes them the perfect way to feature a colour or theme in a room and are more versatile in this regard than blinds.


Shades are like a curtain-style blind in that they fall and roll-up vertically but are of a solid piece of fabric and don’t have slats.

Shades are a popular choice when a homeowner is looking to soften the light within their living room and not block it out completely. In the style of roman shades, the window treatment has multiple folds and is usually the option that can accommodate a heavier fabric for more of a blackout effect. It also creates an interesting aesthetic as the folds provide a sense of texture.

Colours for shades can be as versatile as curtains but you should only go with shades if you’re looking to welcome the majority of the natural light that comes through your living room windows.  


For the most control over your natural light and privacy settings, blinds are one of the best options. They aren’t, however, the first choice in terms of colour and décor. Most blinds are made of wood, aluminium or vinyl which limit the colour choices. Regardless, natural wooden blinds give an earthy feel to the room and wooden furniture, in general, is a great way to incorporate nature into your home.

When it comes to blinds, they require slightly more effort to keep clean and it’s important to use the drawstrings properly as they can lead to a faulty blinds system. These are a costly window treatment that requires professional installation and regular maintenance. But if it’s what you’re looking for in a window dressing, it’s definitely worth it.

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