12 Things to Consider When Selecting Window Coverings
Choosing the right window treatment for your home might seem overwhelming. But when you consider a few important factors, you’re sure to find the solution that will work best for you and your family's lifestyle.
- How your space is used helps define the ideal design style for your window treatment. Do you use the space for working, relaxing or entertaining?
- What feeling or mood do you want to create in the room? Is it soft and elegant, casual and comfortable, classic and traditional or clean and contemporary?
- Will you be working with electronic screens in the room? This includes televisions, computer monitors or other devices that are sensitive to glare.
- If there are children or pets in your home, look for a window covering with safety features (such as motorized lift and cordless lift). Are the materials easy to clean and maintain?
- Is privacy a primary concern? This is a key consideration for bedrooms and bathrooms.
- What is the window’s exposure? A window with a southern or western exposure can cause fluctuations in temperature within the room. Direct sunlight also can bleach textiles unevenly.
- How much light control do you need? For maximum shading at your fingertips, consider horizontal or vertical blinds. You can easily redirect the light or change the complexion of a room by rotating or tilting the slats or louvers.
- If you want to maintain a view, consider the bottom up/top down option.
- Do you open the window frequently or do you need easy access for cleaning? If you are opening and closing the window often, you may want to consider a lighter blind or shade.
- Are there unique architectural elements in the room? Consider window cranks, window air conditioners, light switches, crown mouldings, beams and chair rails as you plan the size and scale of your window treatment.
- Are you comfortable with color? Today’s window treatments are available in a multitude of colors.
- Be sure to examine the back side of the window covering so you will know how it will look on the outside of your home. Some communities have covenants against visible window coverings in non-neutral colors.
Source: MODA Floors & Interiors, a NARI Atlanta member, is a flooring and window coverings resource with a showroom in the West Midtown Design District of Atlanta. The company also offers a Mobile Shop-at-Home service.