Window Treatment Mistakes to Avoid
Whether you’re shopping for blinds, shades, shutters or draperies, your new window coverings will impact the look and feel of your room, and, if they fulfill an important functional role such as privacy, room-darkening, etc., your quality of life too.
Choosing window treatments may seem like a simple task, but there are dozens of different styles, colors, and materials that make it difficult to reach a decision. The type of window treatment that you choose can instantly change the look and atmosphere of the room, so this is not a decision to take lightly.
Here are Some Tips for Avoiding Some of the Most Common Mistakes:
Ignoring the Windows and Leaving Them Bare
Window treatments are a necessity. Even if you don’t notice the Window Treatments in a home you will certainly notice when there are none.
Besides a fresh coat of paint, window treatments can be one of the easiest ways to change the look and feel of a room. Whether it’s adding shades, drapes, curtains or a complete window treatment, any small change in dressing windows can make a big impact.
Buying Cheap Window Treatments
We’ve all heard you get what you pay for. With window treatments this couldn’t be truer. Window treatments do so much for the overall look of your home. This is one area where skimping could leave you unhappy with the results. You want to make sure the window treatments you choose are durable, easy to clean and made to withstand heat, sunlight and everyday wear.
Window Treatments That Don’t Match Your Decor
With so many window covering styles to choose from, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and default to a traditional style without considering if it matches the decorating scheme of the home. If your home is more modern, you might want to stick to streamlined window treatment styles like roller shades, vertical window panels and drapery panels.
If your home is transitional, sheer window shadings add beauty and visual interest. For more texture at the window, honeycomb shades or woven wood shades are a great option. And if your home is more traditional, consider high-impact window treatments like plantation-style shutters, wood blinds with wide slats or soft treatments.
Window Treatments That Don’t Fit Your Lifestyle
Window treatments do more than just cover your window. They also provide important functional benefits, such as improving privacy, light control and energy efficiency.
If reducing energy consumption is important to you choose window treatments that increase insulation at the window, like cellular shades. Or if you need complete darkness to get a good night’s sleep, choose a blackout liner.
Your Environment Should Affect Your Choice
The environment where window coverings are installed is also important. For instance, if your new window treatments will be exposed to regular humidity, choose a style that is impervious to moisture, like faux wood, which won’t bow or warp over time.
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Not Matching Window Treatment Designs to the Window.
Is this project for a bay window, a picture window, a corner window or an arched window? The type of windows in your home will determine which designs will work best for you.
Window Treatments That Don’t Fit the Window
DIY measuring and installation are the two most common causes of window treatment decorating fails. Because windows vary considerably in size, shape and depth, many people have trouble getting a perfect fit, causing functional issues like light gaps around the edges. Drapery is particularly difficult to get right – most rods are installed too low and panel lengths are often hemmed too short or too long.
Not Considering Curb Appeal
When thinking about curb appeal, most people focus on things like landscaping, paint colors, or installing a new mailbox. But, one overlooked detail may be ruining your look – mismatched window treatments.
If you’re not sure where to start when choosing window treatments, there is one rule that won’t lead you wrong – go white to the street side.
Many homeowners’ associations require that all street-facing window treatments be white, and for good reason. This is an easy way to avoid the mismatched, “Skittles” look. You can achieve this by choosing an all-white window treatment or fabric shades or shutters with a white lining or reverse color.
So, What’s the Solution?
Design risks are why our customers choose us! We will assess your needs and suggest a solution to match your lifestyle and decor. All blinds, shades, shutters and draperies are fabricated to your exact window specifications, guaranteeing a perfect fit.
We have the perfect window treatment solutions for your home — and your budget. We offer top quality products, in-home shopping, and a complementary consultation without high pressure sales tactics. Call us today at 262-643-8484!