Tips For Finding & Choosing Window Treatments
When trying to find the right window treatments for your Chicago home, you may wind up frustrated due to the thousands of options. There are so many colors, textures, and fabric colors to choose from. How do you know what’s right?
Should you choose drapes? Would blinds be better? Maybe curtains, shutters, or shades?
If you are like most people, you’ll look at options from your local department store. Or maybe you’ll look online. The problem is that once you get them on the window, they may not be what you had hoped. They aren’t the right color, don’t fit or just look wrong.
Your best bet may be to get a consultation from a professional. Many window treatment companies, like ours here at Chicago Painters, will offer you a consultation.
These window treatment professionals are often direct dealers who can get you great deals. Plus, you get the professional window design advice you need to choose the right window treatments.
What You Need To Consider When Choosing Window Treatments
The first thing to consider is why you want the window treatment in the first place. Consider the function instead of aesthetics. Most people get caught up in what they will look like, but this doesn’t work out well.
- Function -You need to think about what type of function is best for certain windows. Function involves several things including ease of use, privacy, light filtering, moisture resistance, and special care needs.
- Light Blocking -Is the window facing direct sunlight? Perhaps heavier drapes with blinds underneath are best. You can choose thermal backed drapes to block heat and use the blinds when the sun passes by. Or, you may possibly wish to block out the sun entirely in the bedroom with blackout shades.
- Sound Dampening -Softer window treatments help to dampen sound. Blinds and shutters don’t work well but drapes, curtains, and fabric shades do. Add a little privacy to the bedroom or office. Put them in the kid’s playroom to reduce noise.
- Perks & Whistles -You may decide to install window shades simply because they can easily be motorized. They can be controlled with a hand-held remote or tied into a smart system so you can operate them from a remote location.
Figuring out what the functional needs are for each window is the first step. Base the type of window treatment off those choices. Also use this information for thickness choices. Finally, you’ll consider patterns, textures, and color from your Chicago house painter.