Choosing the Right Window Dressing

We have lived with the same vertical blinds in our home since we bought it in 2002 and we didn’t like them then. They are plastic blinds that constantly break near the groove in the top at the slightest resistance. I hate to admit, but as these broke off we would replace them with panels from the windows in the back of the house where visitors rarely looked. Finally, they have diminished down to barely a set of two and it’s time to buy NEW WINDOW TREATMENTS!!!

While exciting, this can be an overwhelming task. There is nothing more discouraging than picking out what you thought would be stunning only to find it doesn’t work with your room. Here are a few steps we learned while choosing a design that was right for our home:

1) Remember the window is only one part of your room. Keep in mind the overall scheme, existing furnishings, wall coverings and accessories.
2) Ask yourself if the window treatment will provide the level of privacy and/or light reduction you are hoping to achieve.
3) Determine if function or decor is more important to you, or a combination of both.
4) Select fabrics and trimmings that compliment both the style of your window and your existing decorations.
5) Set a budget. Price is always a factor so set your budget before you begin so you have a place to start.

Another choice to keep in mind are the type of blinds that will serve your purposes best. From vertical to horizontal and wood to faux-finished, there is a wide variety to choose from when matching them with your needs. Each style has both it’s pluses and minuses, depending on your requirements. For example, wood blinds may not hold up well in damp areas. And while faux-finished blinds are less effected by their environment, they aren’t as strong as wood blinds and may not be the right choice for families with young children. Take into consideration your needs and match them accordingly for the best fit to your surroundings.

Changing your window treatments can dramatically alter the look and feel of your home. Keep these tips in mind and use your own style to create something that feels comfortable to you. If you plan thoroughly and avoid cutting corners you can ensure a pleasing and beautiful finish to your work.