Post by Stacey Walker. Stacey mostly works behind the scenes for Greenbrook Design, managing day to day operations, marketing, sourcing product and keeping the showroom beautifully designed. Stacey also does interior design & home styling for a select number of clients. Find out more about Stacey here.
Window treatments have made an interesting journey through the years in interior design. From floor to ceiling and mere window length, they have travelled the full circle of style. Today, window treatments can come in a variety of forms and options plus they do more than just block out the sun, they can finish the look of a room and add the necessary touch that brings out the homeowners personality. Windows are our connection to nature and are an essential part of the home meaning they should get proper consideration and care. They are also an area of the room that naturally draws the eye of homeowner and guest alike. Most of the time, however, windows tend to be overlooked. Choosing the right window treatments can help take a regular space from house to home. There are several reasons you should include them in your design phase including these four.
Window treatments for the personal touch
Everyone longs to have a home that represents them, that provides that sense of comfort and style that makes it feel right for them. A window left untreated sends an unwelcoming vibe for the entire space and often makes the room feel cold and unfinished. Adding window treatments to the room dissolve the harsh lines replacing them with the gentle flow of fabric. Patterns, textures, and colors are all present in window treatments and can tie everything together in an elegant, beautiful way. Don’t forget that blinds are also a great alternative to fabric curtains, they come in multiple materials such as wood and metal but are more minimal in appearance if you want more of a simplistic look. They are also a great way to give your space a whole new look without having to do too much. A quick swap of window treatments can transform your entire space. There are multiple style options as well:
Drapery: this is used to describe any window treatment that hangs over or beside the window frame. They can be varied widths or even layers with this style along with multiple choices of this design and creates an elegant and sophisticated feel in the room.
Valances: covering the top of the window, this option is great as a stand alone but also works well when paired with drapes or even blinds. These are great when working with a smaller room as they keep the window open but still perfectly styled.
Curtains: while this may seem to encompass all window treatments, this term refers to fabric that covers the entire window front.
Blinds: Coming in multiple materials, these are a great way to incorporate a more organic feel to the room by choosing wood or even metal blinds.
Shades: while blinds are considered hard coverings, shades are soft, typically made from materials like fabric and work well to let in soft light or blocking light all together by using black out fabric which is great for bedrooms and nurseries.
No matter the need or style, window treatments are a necessary design tool for creating a warm, inviting, complete picture for homeowners. Browse our galleryof options available.
Window treatments for protection
Sunlight has a host of benefits, it brings warmth, and can ease the stress of the day but it also has some downsides including UV rays. We look to protect ourselves when we spend excessive time outdoors but we forget that windows can let in those same harmful rays. They can affect multiple areas in the home as well including fading your furniture, fabrics, and flooring. Choosing the right window treatments means protection for your family while still enjoying the benefits of our favorite source of vitamin D. They give you control over how much sun enters your home, enjoying the cozy morning sunlight while blocking the sweltering afternoon heat. Keep in mind that there are specific fabrics and materials that can give you exactly what you need.
Window treatments for privacy
Most of us would say that we enjoy having multiple windows in the home, they connect us with nature and allow us to keep up with what is happening outside but at some point we also enjoy our privacy. We want to have family time without everyone being able to see inside, which is another big reason to invest in window treatments. Our personal space is valuable and one worth protecting. Curtains with a thicker density such as linen and linen blends, blinds, and shades are great options available to homeowners that provide the privacy needed from neighbors, passer-bys and anything else but still allow you to enjoy the beauty of the outdoors.
Window treatment benefits
There are some additional benefits when adding window treatments to your home redesign that include but are not limited to:
Energy savings: blocking the harsh afternoon sunlight not only means no harmful UV rays but also cooler temperatures. Window treatments such as thick blinds or cellular shades minimize the amount of heat entering your home and less usage of your AC which equals savings.
Minimize glare: There is nothing worse than trying to work on your computer only to fight the sun’s glare off the screen or having to block the morning sunlight as you try to drink your coffee. Both annoyances can be solved by choosing the right window treatments.
Suits the need: each room serves a specific purpose meaning it needs a window treatment that is suited to that role. An office has different requirements than a sunroom. Be sure to talk with your designer about the different functions of each room when making selections.
Window treatments are more than just pretty decorative details the eye is drawn to, they are here to provide for your unique needs and privacy
Let us help you personalize your space
Window treatments were designed to solve problems and give multiple benefits to homeowners. That is why companies have worked hard to create products that work for every area of the home. Greenbrook Design is proud to be an authorized dealer for Graber window treatments, a company dedicated to meeting your unique needs. We have a variety of displays in our showroom that highlight the many options offered including blinds, shades, and fabric, not to mention motorized and cordless selections. Come visit us and let us show you the beauty that awaits you and your home. Let us personalize your home!