Interior window treatments are both functional and decorative. They can be made of wood or synthetic polyvinyl for blinds and shutters. Drapes are made of fabrics in different weights and patterns. These fabric window treatments can be layered with the sheer material next to the window glass while heavy upholstery-grade fabric is used for the top layers. It is also possible to layer blinds under drapes.
Functions of Window Treatments
Typically, window treatments are installed to ensure privacy for homeowners. This is especially needed in residential developments where neighboring homes are separated by a few feet only.
As a bonus, the right window covering will control lighting in the room by blocking natural daylight. Light filtering window coverings are needed in south facing rooms to temper the harsh afternoon sun.
Window treatments help regulate room temperature by controlling the flow of warm air from the outside during the day. In the evenings, outflow of warm air to the home’s exterior is mitigated by using window coverings. Home design experts estimate that draperies can reduce heat loss by 10 percent, Roman-style shades by 28 percent and shutters by as much as 80 percent.
For aesthetic purposes, window treatments can be used to accent an architectural asset such as a bay window with waterfront views. These window accessories can be used to pull together the room’s thematic design or serve as counterpoints to add interest to an interior layout.
Advantages of Using Shutters
Suitably fitted, these home accessories create a pocket of air between the window and the window treatment in a way that cannot be replicated with the use of drapes, shades and blinds. This air pocket helps to keep warm air from moving to the window, which can be significantly cooler during the winter months.
Plantation-style louvers are design elements by themselves, adding to the mood of a room. For instance, an all-white louvers evoke a beach cottage atmosphere while engineered wood with a natural finish suits both modern and traditional interiors.
These window treatments are light and easy to manipulate. They are hinged and easily movable so that homeowners can open them wide enough to let natural light and breezes in. With a split pull bar, top and bottom louvers can be operated separately.
These interior window screens are convenient to clean without disassembling. Using a dry or damp rag, wipe down each slat starting from the topmost and moving downward. Generally, the finish on these rigid window screens requires minimum fuss to maintain. However, painted louvers may fade and require repainting.
Louvers are easy to customize to complement the home’s decor. They can be purchased off the shelf at home improvement stores, or they can be custom-finished with the homeowner’s preferred color and texture.
This window cover is durable and fairly easy to repair should hinges come loose, or slats need repair and restoration.
Choosing the Best Option
When it comes to window treatments, shutters offer the most advantages compared to blinds that break too soon and draperies that require pricey dry clean services. Ensure that the window frame is measured accurately to make a good fit. Choose the slat width, style and pull bar type that best suits your home.
Sonny Correal is an interior designer and blogger from Toronto, who enjoys sharing her knowledge on shutters, blinds and other window treatments