5 Types Of Window Treatment Ideas with Pictures

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If you’re looking to decorate your home whilst controlling the amount of natural light that enters your home, window treatments are the best solution for you. There are many different types of window treatments ranging from inexpensive methods to luxury.

Modern window treatments are designed to fit your aesthetic preference blended with beauty to make sure that you see the world in a new light. The modern window treatment designs can vary from simple cozy design to window treatments with unusual materials to fit the modern styles. Currently the materials used in modern window treatments are glass, chrome and brightly colored solid plastic. You can consider adding window treatments that compliment your room arrangement. For example if your living room consists of brightly colored red chairs you can select red blinds as window treatment. This would then make the window treatment a focal point of the room. If you want your room to look bold you can use variety of colors or just a few bright colors but make sure that you do not overwhelm the room.


In this article you can look at different modern and contemporary types of window treatments and checkout some solutions of each that are available in the market. The types of window treatments we will look at will be;

1. Curtain Drapes
2. Shades
3. Blinds
4. Shutters
5. Valances

1. Curtain Drapes:

This type of window treatment utilizes flowing material to beautify your room deco. This type of treatment blocks the light of the room if allowed to float freely. You can select the fabric, pattern and color to match your home. So if you’re wondering how to get the right measurement for your curtain and draperies, well here is how you do it:

Step 1: Determine the length of the curtain by measuring 6 to 8 inches from above your window frame – where you would place your rod down up to the place you wish your curtain to fall – Usually 2 to 4 inches above the floor.

Step 2: Determine the width of the curtain by starting from your right. The curtain should extend your window frame by 2 to 4 inches on your right and left sides.

So now its about selecting the right curtain, well here are a few tips that I would like to share with you when selecting a curtain: Curtains can create warmth and softness depending on how they are used.  First you need to decide on a theme for your curtains or pick a color that would suit’s your home. Just remember that using plain curtains that are the same shade as your wall makes your room look bigger since the curtain blends into the wall. Make sure you select a color scheme that matches your walls. Curtains in Red, Yellow and Orange can make your room look warm and bright, darker colors will block more light if let loose. The type of material is also very important. Make sure that you buy fade resistant, soft material. So in short you need to get the right measurement, find the right color scheme and select the right material. Below are a few products I found interesting in my research:

 If you use thermal insulated blackout curtains it can completely block out light from the room. So if you have a room where you would like to sleep at day time, these curtains are just perfect for you. The material being very soft flows beautifully, there are different colors from which you can select the best to suit your home.

You can also add decorative hardware to beautifully hold back your drape curtains. This improves the elegance of your window treatment. One of the main decorative hardware used are the curtain rods. You need to select the right curtain rod, for this first you need to decide the size. The curtain rod should extend about 4 to 5 inches from each side of your window frame. It should be placed about 6 to 8 inches above your window frame. The higher you hang your curtain rod the taller it makes your window and whole room look. Below are two nice curtain rods I found interesting in my research:

Other decorative hardware that could also be used to beautify this window treatment are:

1. Tie backs made of loops of fabric or braided ropes or tassels.

2. Hold backs made of metal that are mounted on the wall.


2. Shades

These are made of tightly conjoined material or continuous fabric and are designed exactly to fit the width of the windows. They create an atmosphere of casualness and are easier to manage and take up less space in comparison to curtains.  The texture you select can decide if your shade will stand out or not. If you hang your shade just below the ceiling it will make your windows look taller and grander thus making your whole room look taller and bigger. You can choose from a vast variety of shades:

I.) Eco-friendly / Organic shades– These give a very beautiful texture and bring elegance to the home while making you feel good for protecting the environment. These are made of bamboo, jute, grasses etc.

II.) Roman Shades: These keep changing according to fashion and are made of soft material. You can choose from ones that allow light to come in and those that don’t.

III.) Roller Shades: These shade can be rolled up when you need light to enter the room and rolled back when you want to block the light from the room.

When determining to buy shades the things you need to consider are as follows:

Step 1: Decide if you want to have your shades inside or outside your window frame. Remember that inside shades are flushed into the wall and are thus placed within the recessed window frame. While outside shades are hung on the outside of the frame thus covering a large area.

Step 2: For inside shades you need to carefully measure the inside of the window frame from top to bottom, left to right and the depth of the window. For outside shades you need to measure from where you want to hang your shade to where you want it to fall. And then you need to measure the sides. You need to increase 2″ at the top to accommodate mounting brackets.


3. Blinds

These are the cheapest form of window treatments. These are usually made from stiff materials like wood or vinyl. They consist of planks that run either horizontally or vertically enabling you to control the amount of light that is let in. The most popular form of blinds is the Venetian blinds.

The major difference between shades and blinds is that shades use hinges that swing away from the windows, allowing more control over the light. The measurements for blinds should be taken in the same way as for shades.

4. Shutters

Similar to blinds, shutters also consist of slats that run either vertically or horizontally enabling you to control the amount of sunlight into the room. However shutters consist of heavier wooden slats known as louvers. Not many people use shutters these days, they prefer shades or blinds, since they serve the same purpose.

5. Valances

These are not exactly a separate window treatment but just decorative items that  compliment other window treatments. A valance is made of fabric that is swagged, gathered, pleated or bundled together, and placed at the top of your window line.

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