Windows are a vital part of any home. Not only do they determine how much natural light a home gets, they also complete the exterior look. But while people often put a lot of thought into window types and placements, window treatments tend to be an afterthought. Window treatments help with light and temperature control and also help bring together a home’s style. Here is our custom home builder’s complete guide to the most common types of window treatments you can put in your new house!
Valances have fallen out of style, but they used to be in every home. A valance is a short drapery panel that sits on the top of the window. They can either be combined with other window treatments or used alone. Valances are great because they hide drapery hardware, but the traditional puffy and draped look feels dated and stuffy today. Instead, modern valances tend to be sleek and tight for a more contemporary look.
Blinds are the most common type of window treatment you’ll find in a home. Blinds are made of several long horizontal or vertical slats, held together by a cord. Blinds can be made of wood, plastic, metal, or even fabric. Blinds are great because they’re affordable, come in tons of different types, and are easy to fit into any window. Modern blinds can now even be remotely controlled or put on timers to open and close at certain times of the day.
Shades are similar to blinds, but instead of being made of multiple slats, they’re made using a single material. Many people find shades to be a slightly more elevated alternative to blinds. Shades can either lie flat or be pleated, depending on which style works best for your home. While blinds tend to only come in neutral colors like white or wood, shades can come in many different colors and patterns, making them more customizable.
Curtains are one of the most popular window treatment options for a home. They are fabric panels that often come in pairs that are hung on a rod above the window. Curtains come in many different materials, lengths, colors, patterns, and thicknesses. Whether you want something sheer and airy for the kitchen, or something thick to block out all light in the bedroom, curtains will do the job.
Surprised to hear there’s a difference between curtains and drapes? You’re not alone. Drapes and curtains are very similar, except drapes are thicker and sturdier, and always reach the floor. Drapes are a more traditional, elegant window option. Due to how much material is used though, they tend to be expensive.
A window shutter is a solid window covering made with slates that can move. Shutters can be on both the exterior and interior of a home, although most exterior shutters are purely cosmetic and not operational these days. Plantation shutters are the most popular style of interior shutters. They’re often used in warmer climates, but not exclusively. They can be expensive, but they have a distinct look that people love in their custom homes.
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