Throw away the misconception that window treatments should match throughout the home. Each room serves a different purpose, which means they each require different window coverings. Dining room windows often are at the front of the house and can be seen from the street, making how you decorate these windows even more important.
Adding new dining room window treatments are a quick, easy and inexpensive way to add a fresh new look to your home. In many homes the dining room is one of the most important rooms in the house, so choosing the right dining room window treatments is very important to overall home decor.
Whether you have a formal dining room or a casual nook, you want a window covering that is stylish, yet meets the functional requirements for the way the space is used. To accomplish this, you should be aware of the different types of available window covering options and how they will coordinate with your room.
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Window treatments can make or break a room, and there's nothing that can make a room feel more unfinished than a bare window. Yet, with a myriad of choices available, how do you know which window treatment to pick for your dining room or other personal "space"?
Window shades are usually the decorators' choice for dining room window treatments, as they normally provide a softer look and feel than window blinds. Unsure about patterns or designs? Cell shades can be your best choice as they bring a soft, warm, and inviting feel to any room, just the atmosphere that you want in the dining room. Cell shades are offered in several different honeycomb sizes, single cell or double cell (providing both noise and heat insulation), and room darkening or light filtering effects. Cell shades are also an excellent choice to be used in conjunction with drapes. The draperies can then be permanently be tied back, allowing the cell shade to be used for light and privacy control.
Roman shades make an ideal window treatment for dining rooms as they are the type window shade most like a drapery. Available in many fold styles, and a wide variety of materials, colors, and patterns, roman shades can add dramatically to the look of your dining room.
Below you will find a discussion of factors to consider when selecting window blinds and shades in general, and window treatments for dining rooms in particular.
Will you use your window for a cross breeze, as a source for natural light or for a marvelous view? If your dining room experiences direct sunlight, roman shades or insulated cellular shades may be of interest due to darkening, sun-blocking and insulating factors. Taking into consideration the room's orientation can result in significant savings in your cooling bill.
Top down/bottom up control is a great option for dining room window treatments because it lets in light from the top while maintaining privacy by keeping the bottom of the window covering closed.
Favorite top down bottom up window coverings include honeycomb cellular shades, bamboo woven wood shades, and roman shades. If you use any of these options, you will want to inquire about the material and whether the amount of light and heat coming in the window should be a concern.
The most difficult factor to control is light. Most dining room window treatments fall into one of five categories for controlling light exposure:
All Blindster window treatments conform with CPSC (U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission) standards. Many of our dining room window treatments feature lift cords to raise or lower them, all conforming with these standards. It is very important to consider child safe dining room window treatments when children or pets are present in a home, so be sure that any shades or blinds meet these CPSC standards. If you wish to eliminate cords altogether (even on treatments meeting the CSPC standards) many popular Blindster window treatments offer cordless options. For much more information about window covering safety, see Child Safe Blinds & Shades.
You can't know what dining room window covering options you have without knowing what sizes you need to order. The size of the area covered, whether inside or outside mount, will limit the availability of shades and blinds types made to those size ranges. Once you have this information, you are ready to start making choices.
Blindster offers illustrated instructions for measuring each type of kitchen window treatment.
It can be really difficult to visualize the textures, colors and fabrics of various window blinds and shades. Blindster removes the selection guesswork by offering free samples of window treatments. This can help you in coordinating the overall look of the bedroom, to make sure that the bed linens, carpet, paint or other elements work together for just look you want. Be sure to hold the sample up to the window to evaluate the level of privacy it provides.
Window covering prices vary considerably, so it's important that you have a plan and a budget to make sure you can achieve your overall window decorating goals. Keep in mind that you are buying household items that should last for years. Consider how long you think you will be living in your present home and other factors that would influence how much you wish to "invest" in the new look of your dining room window treatments. Refer to the information below that compares both advantages and disadvantages of the most popular window treatments to better understand your choices.
There's a lot to know about window treatments for dining rooms, but you don't have to know everything about each type in order to eliminate some styles from consideration. Compare the advantages and disadvantages (presented below) of popular window blinds and shades to assist in this initial evaluation. This will let you spend more time focused on the types better suited to your specific needs.-
While a particular window covering may meet all of your functional needs, it may be a poor match for the overall decor of the room. For example, fabric roman shades may be a better choice than aluminum mini blinds for a formal dining room. With all the window fashion options now available, you should have many dining room window treatments to choose from for any decor.
The information you need to make the best dining room window treatment selection is at your fingertips at Blindster.com. We are constantly adding to the online resource information about window treatments and decorating, but if you don't find everything you need there to make your decision, or you just want to talk with someone directly, we're just an email or phone call away.