4 Window Treatments to Transform Your Home
Friday, 08 January 2021

Your window treatments are a hugely important part of making your house a home.

Not only do they stop passers-by from being able to see through your window as you embarrassingly dance along to the Spice Girls, but they are also a great way to control levels of light and to add a change in texture or pattern to a room.
When you are choosing your window treatments you can generally choose between hard window treatments (think shades, blinds and shutters) or soft window treatments (things like sheers, curtains or drapes). You can also go for a layered window treatment, which means using a combination of both.

Roller shades

Roller shades are exactly what they sound like, a roll of fabric over a central dowel. Roller shades are great if you are looking to create a minimalist look and feel, and they are also available in black out varieties if you want to be able to make your room completely dark.
Although you might be picturing something quite ugly, it’s actually possible to make roller shades look chic if you do these things:
● Mount the blind inside the jamb, rather than on the wall above the window.
● Disguise the mechanism.
● Choose a ‘reverse roll’. This means that the shade will mostly obscure the roller.
● Select the level of transparency carefully. Using an opaque shade can give you a dewy effect.
● Choose your color carefully. Don’t just think about whether the color will match the room, but also consider how the color will impact the light coming through the blind.

Honeycomb shades

Honeycomb, or cellular shades, are often made of a very thin paper or cloth-like material. Their honeycomb shape means that they are excellent for insulation and keeping your room lovely and warm.
They are usually available in a variety of opacities, so you can opt for blackout or something that lets in a little more light.


Shutters are a hard window treatment which means that they have a few benefits. They are great all year round in terms of temperature and light. In the summer they keep your room shaded and ventilated at the same time, and in the winter they can create a lovely cozy feeling in your room.
Shutter specialists, ShuttersUp, point out that you can reduce heat loss through your windows by 51% by installing shutters (this figure is just 14% for curtains). Shutters are also great for allergy sufferers because they don’t hold onto dust and other allergens like a fabric window treatment does, and they can easily be kept clean.


Drapery is a term that is used for any window treatment that hangs either over or alongside the window.
Drapery is a great way to add some color and texture variation into your room. You can choose to have your drapery pleated in a variety of different ways to compliment your personal style, and you can also choose the way it is hung which will influence the overall aesthetic.
It does offer some benefits in terms of insulation, but a hard window treatment is probably more effective if this is your primary concern.
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