Approximately 150 million to 225 million interior residential window coverings are shipped every year across the United States.
These window treatments play a number of roles inside a room and add all kinds of benefits, including added privacy, improved visual appearance, and even household efficiencies. In fact, once you’ve gotten acclimated to these treatments, it’s hard to live without them.
“Window treatments are the most important element of a room,” said Marty Holick, Ethan Allen Design Consultant. “It actually completes your design.”
Window treatments are divided into three categories: soft window treatments, hard window treatments, and a combination of both called layered window treatments.
If you’re interested in learning more, here are some of the greatest types of window treatments available:
- Pleated Blinds — These window treatments are constructed from pleated materials that pull up to sit flat at the top of the window in order to hide from view once opened. Pleated blinds offer easy control of light through their top down-bottom up blinds.
- Soji Panels — This style is used primarily in Japanese decorating, and can be utilized as window coverings, doors, and even window dividers. The screens are made of bamboo or wood, along with a translucent rice paper, which enables light to easily pass into the room.
- Roller Shades — Roller blinds are an affordable and easy way to add style, texture, and color to any household’s interior. Roller shades are made with modern fabrics and offer simple functionality for ease of use.
- Woven Wood Shades — Often called bamboo shades or matchstick shades, these window treatments offer great exotic, natural looks and can add fantastic looks to almost any decor.
- Cafe curtains — These window treatments are straight curtains hung from rings that slide along a rod that’s installed into the wall or across window frames. They can either cover the lower portion of the window, which is great for balancing light and privacy. This style can cover the entire window, as well.
How do you know when you’ve chosen the right treatment for your living space?
“It creates the mood,” Holick said. “It creates an emotion. Window treatments are in fact almost like the eye to the soul of the room.”