There are a wide variety of window treatments on the market today and the prices for different window adornments vary widely as well. There are several things to consider when deciding whether you will use curtains, draperies, blinds, shades, or another type of window treatment. We’ll discuss some of the things you should consider before you design your window treatments.
Your budget will likely have a bearing on the kinds of window treatments you decide on. However, realize that there are many types of window treatments for all kinds of budgets so before you resign yourself to what you perceive to be the cheapest adornment for your windows, do check the prices of other types of window treatments as well. The more you research the better idea you will have of what you can afford and you must may end up getting the window treatments you prefer, even on a very tight budget.
Your furniture and overall décor will likely have a bearing on what kind of window treatments you choose. After all, you can’t very well hang café curtains in a formal dining room so you will want to coordinate your window treatments with the overall look of the room.
There are several window treatments, such as draperies, cellular blinds, and certain kinds of window shades that are designed to improve the energy efficiency of your home. These window adornments not only look nice, but they can reduce your heating and cooling bills by keeping out the cold air in winter and the heat in summer. While this type of window treatment is typically more expensive than ordinary window treatments, the price is worth it to those who seek energy efficient products.
If this is a home you rent out to others, this fact may have a bearing on the type of window treatments you choose. While you want to present an appealing look, you also want to balance your costs. Unless it is a very expensive rental, you may not want to adorn the windows with expensive draperies or other custom window treatments. Many modest priced rental apartments and homes use mini blinds, which look nice in almost any décor and are easy to clean. In addition, if you have to replace them between tenants, the cost won’t be prohibitive.
Light is another factor to consider when choosing the window treatments for your home. Do you want light to be let in or do you want to prevent as much light from coming in as possible? In addition, many of the popular window treatments offer UV protection so this may be a consideration as well.