Exploring Your Options in Window Treatments

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Exploring Your Options in Window Treatments

Windows serve a practical purpose in a home - but they can also be easily beautified!  Window treatments is a home improvement term that covers pretty much anything you can hang on or around your windows to enhance their functionality or aesthetic appeal.   Blinds, shades, drapery, and more, they're all window treatments.

You've got a lot of options here, so let's look at some of the most popular kinds of window treatments, and what they can bring to your home.

  1. Shades and Blinds

Technically, shades and blinds are two different products.  "Blinds" describes anything using slats, while shades are made of hanging fabric.  However, the two terms are often used interchangeably.  

Blinds are particularly useful if you want to control how much sunlight comes in.  Blinds made of a solid material such as wood or bamboo can almost entirely block the light when closed, while lighter materials like plastic will still let some sun in.  Shades, on the other hand, generally don't block as much light but are great for privacy while still letting natural light in.

On the other hand, Roman shades can be almost as light-proof as wooden slats, while still having the appeal of fabric shades.  You've got a lot of options!

II - Curtains and Drapes

This is another case where two terms are used interchangeably.  The major difference is that drapes are curtains that are lined and\or pleated, and generally more expensive.

Either way, curtains are like frames for your windows.  Like shades, they'll let a lot of light in, while still providing privacy.  However, curtains and drapes are usually chosen more for their aesthetic appeal.  They can be a great decorative addition that enhances the look and feel of a room, while also adding a little color or appeal when seen from the outside.

III - Valances

A valance is a (usually) cloth piece that goes over the top of the window.  It's another window treatment that acts more like a frame.  In general, a good valance should be boxy, although more whimsical designs can be more frilly or decorative.  A valance looks classic and also helps you achieve a layered look for your window dressings.

Custom Décor carries a wide range of window treatments from excellent manufacturers.  If you want to quickly change the look and feel of your room, or make your windows really pop from the outside, click here to browse our selection!