Window Treatments

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You finally have your beautiful, energy efficient windows, and you’re looking for ways to modify or complement them. Window treatments are usually the way to go. Here are some treatments that you can apply to your windows at home.

Curtains. Curtains are a popular option when it comes to windows and privacy. There are so many different types of curtains with different patterns and colors to fit your style and the look you want for your room. They also come in varying lengths. Curtains are sold in two panels for each side of your window and are mounted on a curtain rod or curtain rings at the top of your window. You can also add tiebacks to your curtains for an added accessory to pull them back when not in use.

Drapery. Drapes are similar to curtains, but they are made with heavier fabric. They can be lined or pleated and can be hung on a traverse rod with string or a rod pull so they can be opened and closed easily. There are also a variety of choices for drapes, including black-out options to block out any light from coming in. Drapes tend to be a more formal option that are commonly seen in living rooms, bedrooms, and dining rooms.

Sheers. Sheers are a lightweight curtain made from sheer fabric, hence their name. This material is delicate and adds a bit of charm to your windows. They make the room feel airy and open. Sheers do not, however, provide any privacy or block out any light. They are mostly popular in cottage, coastal and country-style homes.

Shades. A shade is a length of fabric or similar material that is cut to the width of the window and attached to a rod or frame that allows the shade to be lifted up and down with a pulley or roller system. There is an endless range of styles, colors, and patterns that you can choose from to work with your decorating style. The most basic type of shade is the roller. Other types include Roman, pleated sola, bamboo, cellular (translucent), and motorized.

Blinds. Blinds are made from hard materials like wood, metal, and vinyl. They are hung horizontally on smaller windows and vertically on doors and large windows. They have slats or louvers that can be tilted open or closed by cords that are running through the length of the blinds. Blinds can be lifted to add more light in or lowered to add privacy and block out light. Some manufacturers offer blinds between-the-glass, for a low-maintenance and easy-to-use solution.

Valances. Valances are commonly used with drapes, curtains, shades and blinds to conceal the mounting hardware. There are many different styles including pleated, arched, straight or shaped. They are mounted on poles or rods on the top of the window. Valances can add a dramatic effect to your window or add that extra touch of color and style.

Swags and Cascades. Swags and cascades are forms of valances that cover another window treatment to provide a layer of privacy and a light blockage. They can add a touch of drama and elegance. Swags are draped over a horizontal rod in folds. They can add contrasting colors or patterns to the existing window treatment. Cascades are lengths of fabric that either drape down the sides of the window in a zigzag of fabric or puddle across the top of the window. They are usually placed underneath or over swags, curtains or shades.

Cornices. Cornices are typically made from wood or similar hard materials. They are shaped like a box and are fitted over the top of the window frame to hide the mounting hardware for other window treatments. The wood material used can be left natural or can be painted, covered with fabric, padded for extra texture, or covered with wallpaper. Cornices are a formal option for window treatments and can be made to fit an assortment of styles.

Shutters. Shutters are generally made from painted or natural wood but can also be made from faux wood. This window treatment is fitted within the window frame and is usually on the exterior of your home. They have hinges that allow them to swing open or closed as well as small louvers that can open and shut with a lever to filter in light. Shutters are seen on traditional and older-style homes.

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