How To Choose The Right Window Treatments

choose right window treatments

our dining room drapes – see more of our dining room here


How To Choose The Right Window Treatments For Your Home


Lately I’ve been getting a lot of questions about window treatments. Specifically, it seems most people want to know how to choose the right window treatments for your home.

While there’s really no right and wrong answer, I thought it would be worthwhile to explore some of the more popular window treatment options out there.

Once you know what’s available, it will be helpful in order to better understand what will suit your space best.

If you’re looking to breathe some fresh air into your home’s interior without committing to a full-on remodel, window treatments are a great solution! Shades, blinds, curtains, and drapes offer a cost-effective solution to brighten up your house while adding value with a functional improvement that won’t break the bank.

But with the plethora of options out there, how do you choose the best window treatment for your home?


choose right window treatments

image from my old home office – see more from this shoot here.


How will you use the window treatment?

Essentially, the function of window treatments – be it shades, drapes or curtains – is to add a touch of privacy.

The best type of window treatment will, therefore, depend on your circumstances.

If your house is situated in a busy, noisy residential area, opaque shades (think wood blinds and shutters) are your go-to solution. Even when back-lit, they’re not see-through from the outside. They also offer a bit of noise muffling.

If your home’s HVAC system is working overtime, you may want to invest in window treatments that also come with UV ray benefit (they will minimize the amount of heat absorbed and keep your interior cool and cozy).


drapes in our living room – see more of this space here.

Which room is the window treatment for?

The type of room also plays a huge role when choosing the right type of window treatment.

Bedrooms, family rooms, and kid’s bedrooms go hand-in-hand with room darkening or blackout window treatments.

Traditional drapes are usually thicker and fall right down to the floor. This makes them ideal for more “formal” rooms such as the dining room .

For more casual day-to-day rooms, go with bamboo or Roman shades.

However, at the end of the day, it all boils down to your own personal preference.

Blinds are another type of window treatment which are great for blocking sunlight but are also quite versatile when it comes to aesthetics. With an abundance of options such as wood, cloth, plastic and more – blinds are a universal solution that can brighten up your home, keep the heat and sunlight out and give you some much-needed privacy.

Bamboo blinds are particularly trendy as they’re eco-friendly and can lend elegance to any room’s décor. They’re particularly great for families as they’re quite durable.  It’s also worth noting that these window treatments are very low maintenance. Be sure to check out this post for more beautiful bamboo blind inspiration!

Similarly, if you’re looking for great function with little to no need for maintenance, plantation shutters can be the perfect solution.

In terms of window treatments, plantation shutters (a personal favorite) are almost unmatched in the degree of sound and noise isolation they provide. They also insulate your house during the hot and the cold months.


plantation shutters in our master bedroom – see more photos here

Take your time when choosing window treatments.

Window treatments boast one final advantage.

A well-kept designer’s secret – window treatments can absolutely change the look of an entire space. Either by balancing oddly placed or shaped windows or creating the illusion of width and making large rooms feel more intimate and cozy.

You can even hang window treatments on walls without windows to create the illusion of a window. This will open up your space and make it feel much more inviting.

Be sure take the time to narrow down your choices. Think about your space – the type of room and your primary needs can help you filter out certain products and materials.

horizontal blinds in my son’s room – see more of this space here


PS: For even more design info, don’t miss this post on the best professional interior design tips.





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