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Shopping for New Window Treatments: Where to Start

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Every element of your décor contributes to a truly unique living space that perfectly suits your tastes and preferences, and your window treatments are not only a major part of your visual design strategy, but also a practical addition that helps you to control privacy and natural light.  While it’s easy to understand the necessity for window treatments, it’s not always easy to figure out the right options for your home.

Where should you start when it comes to choosing window treatments for your naked windows, or alternately, upgrading from existing window coverings that are outdated, ugly, or insufficient to meet your privacy and light control needs?  Here are a few things to consider before you choose your new window coverings.

Take Measurements

The very first thing you need to do is go room by room and measure your windows.  It’s extremely important to take precise measurements, especially if you’re interested in inset window treatments like blinds, shades, or shutters that will be nested inside window frames.

Even drapes generally come in standard sizes, so you need to take precise measurements rather than eyeballing it, if you want choose the right size.  It’s also a good idea to measure the wall space around the windows if you’re thinking of floor-length drapes or vertical blinds that could significantly exceed the surface of the window.

Get a Random Sampling of Options

Once you have a detailed listing of the windows and sizes in your home, the next step is to see what you like, and there are virtually endless options for drapes, blinds, shades, and shutters.  Choosing the perfect materials, colors, textures, and configurations can seem like an impossible task, which is why you need to find ways to narrow your options.

Start by looking at examples of interior design via home magazines and websites like Pinterest and Houzz.  Compile samples you like and rule out options that simply aren’t your style.

Consider Your Climate

You might think the region you live in has no bearing on window treatments, but from a practical standpoint, it’s wise to consider the climate.  For example, those who live in sunny climes might want solar shades that help to minimize glare and improve energy efficiency.  Those in warm, humid climates may want to avoid textiles that could mold or wooden shades or shutters that might warp.

Consider Your Preferences

You probably have some stylistic preferences, but you also need to consider practical concerns when choosing window treatments.  Do you like to let all the sunshine in or do you prefer filtered natural light?  Maybe you want to block all outside light completely at night.  What level of privacy do you prefer?  These practical concerns will have an impact on choosing the right window coverings for your home.

Partner with Professionals for Design and Installation

There’s no need to go it alone when it comes to shopping for window treatments.  The right partner can offer you options, advise you based on your preferences, and order and install the best window dressings for every room in your home.

If you’re ready to upgrade to the perfect window treatments for your practical and aesthetic needs, contact the qualified professionals at The Blinds Side today at 410-630-6940 or [email protected].