Window Treatments. Tuesday , September 04th , 2018 - 14:34:28 PM
Let's begin with the basic question, "what do you want to do?" Sounds easy enough. Do you want to block sunlight altogether? Do you have a window that just gets morning sunlight, which is softer than afternoon light and therefore needs just a little bit of control? Or do you have windows that get a maximum amount of sunlight throughout the day and therefore need the most light control options available? Another function of window treatments is privacy. If your windows are on the first floor and at a level where anyone outside could peer in, you might like to have the option to block their view at times. Other windows are at a height where no one could look inside and therefore you might not have any privacy considerations at all. Perhaps you have a window (or windows) where there is no need for light control or privacy. Should you do anything at all there? You will also want to consider the energy-efficiency of window treatments, such as those that will block the heat from the sun, or allow more sunlight in to warm up a chilly room.
For large window treatments, curtains can also prove to be worth having to control the light, and protect from general heat or cold. Different styles like single panel and dual panel both are good, but widely accepted are the dual curtains which hang at each side of the window. Custom made curtains can be useful for really odd size windows while drapes could be used for windows having radiators under the sills. Cafe curtains which cover half of the window could be used along with valances for large window treatments. Even cotton drapes can be options for large windows for children rooms and the kitchen as they are easy to maintain. Greener options are also now widely accepted like window blinds prepared with bamboo, paper or jute. Horizontal blinds, vertical blinds, panel tracks all could be used for large window treatments. They all have their unique benefits for large windows.
However, before you purchase new custom treatments it is a good idea to have a basic understanding of their function and basic design elements so that you may be better suited to navigate through the choices and work more intelligently with a professional to achieve just the look you are after for your home. There are two basic categories of window treatments, hard treatments and soft treatments. Hard treatments are your more functional treatment like shades, shutters and blinds. Many manufacturers are working very hard to find ways to make hard treatments more attractive. For the most part, however,these types of treatments are functional, they are meant to serve a purpose: to provide privacy or to conserve energy or block or allow natural light, etc. They can be aesthetically appropriate on their own in more modern and industrial designs.
Deciding on window treatments for large windows can be more difficult than deciding for ordinary windows. The large size makes it difficult to just go with any design. You need to consider many factors like how you are going to maintain the window treatment, how is it going to be cleaned, how is it going to be operated and how much is your budget. Large windows will mean more planning and thinking when it comes to their treatments. If you have wall to floor glass openings then you will need window treatment for practically the whole wall. If the opening is framing a view then the whole point is not to mar it. Window treatments for large windows should not come in the way of the beautiful vistas. It should either enhance it, frame it or just be out of the way.It should possible to have roller blind that simply rolls up and is right at the top of the window frame. Your view is unhindered. Blinds which go up are also fine. Wooden blinds are a big no-no as they are quite heavy and it would be very difficult to raise them up.
Shades are always important and essential for the windows. It can help you regulate the amount of sunlight and air entering your room. Other than this, you can even get rid of the over excited and peeping neighbors. Different kinds of shades are available for the window treatments. First of all you can try out the natural shades. This design is based on natural elements like bamboo. It can be better than the fabric that is not natural. You can pair the shades with the curtains.
Once you have answered the question of what you need, then you can begin to consider your options. If you need the maximum in light blocking and light control (for instance, in a bedroom where someone needs to sleep during the day), then you might want to consider dual window treatment options on those windows. Total light-blocking blinds are a good option, but you can also combine them with fabric panels to help add to the light-blocking properties. The fabric panels will also give you light control when the blinds are opened, and depending on your color and texture choice you can give a light and airy feel to the room even when the blinds are closed and no sunlight is coming through.
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