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Choosing the right Window Treatments

Choosing the right window blinds and fabric treatments can be a daunting task and quite overwhelming with all the choices in today's market.

One of the first things a professional designer will ask is, "What are you wanting your blinds to achieve?" Are you trying to control sun or have privacy? Do you want a blind you can pull up, or do you want to leave the blind down and just tilt the slats?

There are many options when it comes to selecting the proper blinds for your living space. Solar screens are very good at blocking out the sun with the ability to still see out, but the drawback is someone else can also see in at night.

Wood blinds, faux wood blinds and shutters all have slats that you can open and tilt up or down to control the sun and light. They are very heavy and are not for a window that has a view and the blind must be raised during the day.

Shutters provide an elegant look but cover up most of the window and block your view and light. Most people do not open their shutters but simply open the louvers for light.

Cellular shades come in many different types. Cellulars are very good at blocking the sun and heat and can be easily pushed up during the day and lowered at night for privacy. There is also a top-down, bottom-up shade for windows that give privacy from the bottom and will let light in from the top. These are very good for windows facing the street or over a garden tub.

Woven woods have made a reappearance in the market. Yes, this is not a typo - today's wovens are not your mother's from the 1970s. Today's are finer weaves, modern and edgy in colors like black or gray. They can give a very earthy or contemporary look to a room.

Many people choose to add fabric treatments after they have selected their blinds. Fabric can add that finishing touch and take a room from boring and unfinished to having that "wow" factor. Selecting the right fabric and drapery hardware can be an exciting experience when you have the right designer and their expert knowledge. The choices in today's market are endless in fabric and fabric treatments. Your designer will choose fabrics that reflect you and your personality in the room.

A very popular style for some time now has been tailored top treatments such as cornice boards, mock romans or box pleated valances. The poufs (yes, we all remember the pouf valances) and swags have lost a lot of popularity as people favor a much simpler look. Many people are putting side panels over their blinds and choosing drapery hardware that really makes a bold statement.

The kids are back in school and autumn is fast approaching - now is the time to be thinking about your fall projects such as window treatments. Many of these projects take weeks if not months to complete, so get started now before the holiday rush.

Until next time...

Mindy Thomas has been the owner of Accents Plus Interior Design for 30 years and has recently relocated to Prescott. Any questions can be emailed to her at

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