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How to Choose a Window Covering

Choosing your window coverings can be pretty tricky.  With all the options available to us, making a concrete decision and sticking to it could have some running for the hills.  There are a lot of details to consider, let alone the type of window and function of the room.  If you are not working with a decorator/designer, here are some questions you need answered before proceeding with your project:

1.  How much privacy do you require in the room?  For example, bedrooms usually need a blackout blind or drape, unless you don’t mind the morning sunshine or don’t have to sleep during the day.

2.  What type of window is it?  Is it a sliding door, casement window, bay window or french door (to name a few)?  For example, most double hung windows won’t allow for an inside mounted blind.

3.  What is the style of the room?   Contemporary interiors will have clean lined drapes and blinds whereas traditional rooms will have more detailed and ornate coverings.

4.  What is your budget?  This is a biggie.  Make sure you know how much you want to spend on your window treatments before heading to market. This will cut down on a lot of headache.  Research your blind manufacturers for quality and price.  Hunter Douglas and Sunglow are two of my favourites. In terms of drapes, you can get ready mades at the Pottery Barn or Restoration Hardware or have them custom designed and manufactured.

Here are a few ideas to help you get started:

1.  Decorative Roller Screens:  this Sunglow roller shade adds a little whimsy to the room with a simple pattern and colour scheme.  It also filters in some light when drawn.


2.  Remote Contolled Roller Shades:  for larger windows, especially in condos and lofts, this Sunglow roller shade creates a modern look and is available in different light filtering options.


3.  Horizontal Shades:  Silhouette shades by Hunter Douglas, in an inside mount, creates a clean, tailored and classical look.


4.  Vertical Shades:  the Luminette by Hunter Douglas is a nice option for floor to ceiling windows or sliding doors.  It is a sheer fabric and can be pulled to one side like a drape, if needed.


5.  Drapery Panels:  With drapery we can create a customized look with different styles, hardware and fabrics.  Below is an example of pinch pleated panels mounted on a rod with rings.


6.  Roman Shades:  Here is a fabric roman blind customized with trim to the coordinating headboard and bedding.  The sky is the limit when it comes to creating a customized window covering!

purple blind

Ordering custom drapes or blinds is a very detailed process and involves accurate window measurements, fabric yardage, fabric type, hardware, mounting and style of room.  There are so many drapery styles and hardware choices that I think I will post this in a future blog.  I hope this will help get you started though!

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