Having difficulty with selecting window treatment for your home? I agree the task could be daunting. But with the correct approach and careful consideration of your needs, the right treatment could be easier to find than you might think. Over the next couple of weeks, we are going to look at different styles and options, fabric choices, as well as the pros and cons to think about.
Before you even consider the particular décor style of you home, consider your needs. Above all the window treatment should be practical. Specific needs could limit the treatments available. Start by determining whether privacy or light or both are priorities. The specific room for which you are choosing a treatment should guide you in making your decision. A bedroom usually needs more privacy than for instance a family room. Most rooms need sufficient natural light, but more so for a kitchen and living room than for instance a TV room or bedroom. But a room could need subtle privacy during the day but total seclusion after dark. On the other hand a room could need sufficient light but also protection against our harsh Namibian sun. For an office or home study glare on television or computer screen should be minimized.
Once you have determined your needs, you should start considering a window treatment that would suit your particular needs. So what are available on the market? Options can basically be divided into 3 groups, namely curtains, blinds and shades, and shutters. Under each of these categories are an array of further options and considerations. In addition almost all window treatment options can be motorized.
The specific window or door size and positioning should be kept in mind when selecting a window treatment. Curtains for instance do not work if the window is situated very close to a build-in-cupboard as the curtain rod/rail could be in the way of properly opening the cupboard door. A blind rarely works if installed over a door. Curtains hung in front sliding door or folding doors could be irritating when they blow and puff in the wind when the door is open. If a heavy fabric is selected for a large window, the correct curtain rails/rods should be selected to carry the weight of the curtains.
Most window treatments take a considerable amount of financial investment, making the stakes a bit higher in case you should get it wrong and need to fix a possibly expensive mistake. My advice? Ask a professional for help. Remember nothing beats touching and seeing the actual fabric. A professional will also allow you the opportunity to see the fabric and other materials at your house, enabling you see how it will look in your home. We usually have a more practical approach and could even to provide you with solutions that you did not think of.
Next week we will start by looking at curtains, what to think of when selecting fabrics, different curtain finishes and how to correctly hang your curtains.
Remember – the sky is the limit if you use your magination.
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