Window treatments are a vital, often overlooked aspect of people’s homes which are so often forgotten or underappreciated. Many people have them there simply to control the amount sunlight coming in, or to block an unsightly view. It’s true that they do provide privacy and contribute to keeping a home’s temperature down; but should that mean they can’t add to your home’s value and curb appeal while they’re at it?
More than just ‘having shades,’ a home needs just the right shades to compliment the decor. There are many types and styles of window treatments on the market today and most of them are quite affordable. There are blinds which can rest directly in the window or just outside of it which come in a variety of materials and colours. Roman shades are another incredibly simple window treatment and can work in many windows with many design schemes. Shutters can be used to allow the window to stay open while still offering the same benefits as blinds. There are even ‘honeycomb’ blinds which hang horizontally, making them a stylish addition to any home.
Imagine a room with beautiful cherry hardwood flooring, rich reds on the upholstery, warm walls of a deep maple colour, and a perfectly clear floor-to-ceiling window looking out onto a beautiful landscape. Now put a flimsy, two-dollar roll-up shade in pale grey in that window. Doesn’t fit, does it? Now, picture that same scenario with blinds that look like they’re made of real wood stretching across the window in a complimenting colour to everything else in the room. That would be much more elegant, and if the wood grain on the blinds matched the direction and weave of the pattern on the wall (which can be done with ease) it would add an extra element of class and beauty.
Interior design professionals make it easy. They’ll come to your home (upon request) and survey the rooms. They will consult with the homeowner, making suggestions based on what they see. Their purpose is to draw a homeowner’s attention to everything from colour choice, style and placement in order to give suggestions. The design consultant will take the precise measurements needed for each window in order to ensure that each treatment is a perfect fit. Obviously, the homeowner makes the final call, but with professional help, it can be an informed decision.
Window treatments are so much more than light blockers and privacy providers. They add beauty and style, complimenting the rest of the room with just the right touch. Window treatments can also increase the value of your home should you choose to sell. With so many options to choose from, you are sure to find the perfect window treatment for your home. Whether you have no idea what you want, or you have your own flair for design, interior design professionals can offer you advice on what will work and what might not. Be sure to take advantage of their expert advice!