Choosing the right window blinds to shade and decorate your windows is not always easy. There are lots of options and it can be difficult to decide what you want or even where to start looking. If you are looking for new window treatments for your home, here are some of the most important aspects you should consider while you look.
Each room of the house has different requirements from window treatments. Practically this means that different rooms will need curtains made of different materials depending on factors such as natural light, style, and humidity.
Most homeowners feel comfortable going all out with fancy, traditional fabrics and long curtain styles in the living room while they may desire proper black-out curtains for their bedroom in order to achieve real darkness while trying to sleep in a heavily-populated urban area.
Kitchen windows are often shaded with curtains which allow the bottom half to be covered while the top half lets in lots of natural light whereas similar windows in the bedroom would likely have this reversed.
Bathrooms in particular require special consideration when choosing window treatment options as the high humidity levels require a material which is resistant to water and moisture. For this reason, expensive wooden blinds are unlikely to be the best choice as they have the potential to start rotting if there is too much moisture in the air. A better choice for this environment would be vinyl blinds which are long lasting and resistant to moisture.
Another important aspect to consider when selecting blinds or window treatments is how much privacy you desire in that room. If the window in question is in a shared space in the home and faces out onto the backyard, for example, than privacy may not be a large concern. Those living in a high rise building with another bedroom window directly across from their own are likely to see this as an important consideration.
Roman blinds or roller blinds which are perfectly fitted to the window are great for high levels of privacy and control over the amount of light that enters the room at a specific time. If you prefer a more permanent approach to privacy, in the bathroom for example, frosting your windows can be a great way of getting the highest level of privacy without sacrificing any natural light.
Finally, it is a good idea to consider how you will clean your curtains, drapes, or blinds before you purchase and install them. Window coverings tend to be magnets for dust and – in the case of fabrics – unpleasant odors. Whatever material or style you choose, they are going to need cleaning at some point and it is in your best interest to choose materials you are willing to spend the time properly cleaning.