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June 27, 2019

Dress to Impress: Blinds, Shutters, and Curtains

There’s a good reason why designers and homeowners look closely at window design. The stylistic elements you choose and how you dress your windows sets the tone of your home, and your choice of window is ultimately complemented by what you place around it. Though often underestimated in its impact, how you dress your windows can ultimately change the overall atmosphere of an entire room.

Whether you choose to have blinds, curtains, shutters, or valances adorning these features, your choice will have many practical implications as well. Internal window coverings can ensure privacy, as well as dramatically improving the temperature within your home. And if you choose with care, they can help keep you and your family comfortable for years. Let’s look into how you can find the right window treatments, tackle the benefits of each, and understand how they can be ideal for your own home.

Determine Your Goal

Window dressings are not just meant to be aesthetically pleasing. They serve a variety of purposes including securing privacy, controlling light and glare, buffering sound, and retaining and reducing heat. Primarily, you should be able to determine your goals before committing to any kind of window dressing. Remember to take into account the many different factors that may contribute to your decision, as they should coincide with the general purpose of your windows. For example, when you want to minimise heat gain during the summer, you may have opted for the double glazing approach, and you could supplement those benefits with curtains or blinds that block heat. You also have to consider the size of your windows, the space of your room, and what specific issues you want to deal with when you research possible window treatments.

Decide on Style

Now comes the exciting part! Once you’ve determined your goals, you now at least have an idea what kind of window treatment or dressing will fulfil your goals, serves a specific purpose in your home, and also meets your design preferences.

Curtains

Heavy curtains are perfect for thermal performance and are a great option to block out light. They are perfect for homes that have large floor space, and where there is enough allowance to mount the tracks. Curtains with enclosed pelmet at the top prevent airflow from the room down behind the curtain, which allows great thermal retention.

Blinds

Blinds, on the other hand, are a good option for smaller and narrower windows where there isn’t really room for curtains. The secret to the maximum effectiveness of all type of blinds is fitting them snugly and securely within the window reveal. Blinds provide versatility, and are good for privacy. With blinds, you always have the option to see through your windows, or get the privacy you need on demand. Blinds are also very good insulators and are clean and contemporary in design. They can easily match with the interior decor in your home.

Shutters

Interior shutters with adjustable blades are also great for providing privacy as well as blocking out light. They are convenient to use, as you can control the amount of light you let it. This way, you can regulate the UV rays and sunlight entering your home. Letting in less light can also preserve your floors, walls, and furniture.

Invest in Material

There are numerous types of material or fabric for every window dressing. Durability is also an important consideration, so think about materials which can last you for many years, such as natural fabrics like cotton or linen. Though window dressings are not as exposed as external windows, they still need to be durable to withstand strong sunlight.

Consider Their Use

Another important consideration is making sure your window treatment is easy to use and that it is suitable for your room. Imagine using a pull-down blind that gets in the way of a door, now we wouldn’t want that would we? It’s all about choosing the right window treatment that will match your space, room size, and overall room vibe.

Transform your home with elegant window treatments

You can only achieve transformative window treatments when you start with a solid window design. Atlas Glass works with a team of excellent Auckland glaziers who can provide a complete range of window and mirror services to help you make the most out of your home’s windows. Our products and services can improve security, thermal performance, and the overall look of your windows. Call us to learn more about how we can transform your home.

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