A Few Important Tips When Choosing Window Treatments for Your Home
When you're choosing window treatments for your home, you want to think about the appearance of those pieces and of course the budget you have for your home improvement needs. However, there are many other details that should be considered when you select new curtains, shades, blinds and other such options. Note a few of those important details here, along with some simple tips to keep in mind when choosing window treatments for your home.
How will you be able to clean your new window treatments? Some curtains are machine washable, but these panels may also come out of your home's dryer full of wrinkles! Trying to iron these larger pieces can be very cumbersome and time-consuming, whereas dry cleaning those pieces can be expensive. Shades may also be difficult to clean and may show fingerprints and other such marks. Blinds and shutters are often easier to clean, as they may only need a wipe with a wet cloth.
Even dark curtains may allow light into a room if the material has a loose and open weave. Also, note that you have little control over the light allowed into a room when you choose curtains, whereas blinds and shutters offer maximum flexibility over the sunlight you allow into a space. With blinds and shutters, you can keep them closed but then adjust their slats for just a small bit of light.
Children and pets
Consider any children and pets you have in the home and if your window treatments might become a safety hazard for them, as both children and pets can tug on curtains and get tangled in the cords of blinds. You might choose cafe curtains, which only hit a windowsill and don't reach the floor and cordless blinds or shutters if you have children or pets.
You may not think of how window treatments will coordinate with the decor of a room, but it's important that all the features of any room coordinate and complement each other. Curtains can soften a room with lots of wood furniture and timber flooring, but the material of curtains can be difficult to coordinate with furniture upholstery. Shutters can create a more relaxed look in the home, whereas thick drapes can look out of place with casual furniture. Wood blinds can work with just about any theme or style and are especially good for a room where you need to add some warmth and natural textures to soften the space and make it seem cosy and relaxing.