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Gray roman shades and a pink curtain on big, glass windows in a modern kitchen and dining room interior with a wooden table and white chairs
Gray roman shades and a pink curtain on big, glass windows in a modern kitchen and dining room interior with a wooden table and white chairs

Should you have window treatments or go without? Install solar shades or drapery? The reality is when

it comes to dressing windows, there really aren’t rules, just a myriad of options based on your desired

aesthetic, look and budget.

DO:

■ Consider solar shades when looking to achieve a more

modern look. Solar shades come in different opacities. The

higher percentage, the more open the weave. A shade that

provides 3 percent opacity will allow light to enter a room

when down, while a 1 percent opacity shade gives a near

blackout look.

■ Consider a natural material such as wood or bamboo blinds.

They tend to be durable and cost-effective.

■ Cover an entire window opening. Whether you wish to have

your window treatment hardware mounted inside or outside

a frame is a personal choice. But be sure to have window

treatments at either end of the windowsill, or in the case of

long drapery, extend to the floor.

■ Mix window treatments throughout a home. It is perfectly

acceptable to integrate shades, blinds and drapery

throughout different rooms, depending on the desired

aesthetic.

■ Consider partial draperies. This is a common trick of

interior designers involving a technique in which panel

drapery is installed as stationary decorative panels on either

side of a window or door opening. These types of panels are

not intended to be functional.

DON’T:

■ Purchase window treatments without consulting a

professional or understanding what measurements are

required to achieve a desired look.

■ Forget to clean window treatments on a regular basis.

Whether via dusting, dry cleaning or placing window

treatments in a washing machine, you will want to keep

them clean and fresh, as they can often be magnets for dirt

and dust.

■ Ignore safety. Always opt to use suggested child safety

devices around small children.

■ Choose window treatments that will clash with your decor.

In many cases, less is more.

■ Forget that window treatments are decorative

enhancements, not a must. In many instances, a gorgeous

view should take center stage in lieu of window treatments

that could be a potential obstruction.

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