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5 Steps to Window Treatments That Work for You

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Kathryn
03.31.15

Window treatments can transform a room. These design elements soften hard lines, giving the room a more inviting look and feel. They can hide architectural flaws and ugly views while controlling or blocking harsh sunlight that can damage your furnishings.

And for fans of home automation, there are even motorized options that take advantage of wireless technology.

But choosing the right window treatment can be overwhelming. These five steps will simply the process.

RELATED: Tips to Select the Best Window Treatments for Your Home

1. Evaluating the space

Take a good look at the windows in your room. The answers to these questions will guide you in your choice:

What is the shape and style of the windows? If your windows have unusual shapes it can limit what type of treatment you are able to use.

Are there any moldings surrounding the window? If so, you may want to highlight them rather than cover them up.

How does the window open? Does it swing out or is it a sash window?

Do you have arches? Think about how you’ll want to plan for this design feature.

These are things to discuss with your window treatment professional so that you can make the best choices for your space.

2. Considering function

Think about what you want your window treatments to accomplish.

  • Privacy.
  • Light control / room darkening.
  • Energy efficiency.
  • UV protection.
  • Sound absorption.
  • Decorative element.

Most types of window treatments can handle at least one of these functions. Some can satisfy a couple … and a few can do it all. Determine how you want your window treatments to work for you.

Check out the remaining window treatments on Angie's List.

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