If your home is anything like the typical family household, it’s hard to keep the kids, pets, frequent visitors and daily signs of wear and tear from your window treatments. Many of my design clients want to know how to choose blinds that don’t bend every time their cat wants to look out the window, or their kids want to see who’s playing outside.
Window treatments should reflect your family and their day-to-day activities around your home. Here are some helpful tips to choose the perfect window treatments for your lifestyle.
Outfitting the public rooms of your home with window treatments
The living, family, and front entry rooms of your home usually have expansive windows to let in plenty of sunlight, but can also let in too much light and offer a lack of privacy in the evening hours. Designer Shane Inman from Houzz, quoted on Fox News, suggests:
“A common space such as a family room or living room doesn’t usually require much privacy, but depending on the number of windows, it may always need light. Semi sheer fabric window treatments offer light and subtle privacy even when lowered.
Tip: Choose the thickness of your fabric based on the amount of light you want in the space—a thick fabric lets less light through than an ultra sheer fabric.”
When choosing window treatments for your public spaces, remember that your entertaining style and how you live should come into consideration. Long floor length semi sheer fabrics won’t be ideal with a household of pets and young toddler children, but they may fit perfectly in the formal room of a home with mature teenage children, a room that isn’t frequented constantly by household traffic.
Choosing window treatments for bedrooms and private spaces
For many of my clients, the decision of how to shield morning light (perhaps unwanted on sleep-in Saturdays) while still being able to control light throughout the day is often a challenge. We usually decide on a window treatment that has layered options. Mini blinds or plantation shutters are helpful for directing light exactly where you want it to go. Late-day summer sun can be deflected from your interiors by facing blinds toward the ceiling and away from your furniture and textiles. Layering semi sheer fabrics or using honeycomb blinds will help deflect harsh light and will diffuse glare from your bedroom. This helps you wake up comfortably in the morning, and not feel like a spotlight is shining in your eyes!
Take into account your home’s around-the-clock daily lighting
Before you make a decision about window treatments, remember that everyone’s home is different. My home in Florida tends to get late-day harsh sun from the south during April through September, but then turns shadier in the winter months. If you live in a place that receives a different type of sun exposure, such as the Pacific Northwest, you will need to customize your window treatments accordingly. Heavier fabrics for formal window treatments are ideal for cooler climates, while lighter weight textiles are good for warmer climates. Consider staying with blinds and hard surface treatments for easy cleaning throughout the year, if your family doesn’t keep up fabric well.
Your window treatments are an investment in your home, but should be as versatile as your growing family. Use these helpful tips to decide which ones work best for you and keep in mind that as your lifestyle changes, your window treatments may need to as well.
Meet Your Contributor:
Home design expert Ronique Gibson writes on home decor, including window treatments, for Home Depot. The author of the ebook 111 Simple Tips for your Everyday Home, Ronique has a Bachelor’s of Architecture from Tuskegee University. Home Depot’s window treatments selection can be viewed online here.