Adding new living room window treatments is a quick, easy and inexpensive way to add a fresh new look to your home. In many homes the living room is one of the most important rooms in the house, so choosing the right living room window treatments is very important to overall home decor.
Whether you have a formal living room or a family room, 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 work with your room.
Keep in mind that you can have beautifully painted or wallpapered walls, great carpet, and tastefully selected furniture, but if the living room window treatments don't go with the rest of the decor, the overall "feel" of the room will not be what you had in mind. Or, you can select window treatments that match beautifully, but are not of the right material to hold up to direct sunlight or other environmental conditions, and that great look you started with fades (literally), years before its time.
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There are many factors to consider when selecting the right living room window treatments. The main functional reasons to install window treatments are privacy and light control. Additional factors in making any choice include budget, safety and window orientation. You can have a beautiful window covering, but if it doesn't fit the function of the window, you won't be happy in the long run.
If your living room experiences direct sunlight, roman shades or insulated cellular shades may be of interest due to darkening or sun-blocking and insulating factors. Taking into consideration the room's orientation can result in significant savings in your cooling bill. Filtering, blocking, and otherwise reducing the effect of strong direct sunlight should also extend the life of your furniture, carpet, and other fabrics.
Top down/bottom up control is a great option for living room window treatments because it lets in light from the top while maintaining privacy (especially for second story spaces) 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 through the window should be a concern.
The most difficult functional factor to control is light, and most living room window treatments fall into one of five categories:
You can't know what living 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.
Window covering prices vary considerably, so it's important that you have a plan and a budget to make sure you can achieve your 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 living 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.
All Blindster window treatments conform with CPSC (U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission) standards. Many of our living room window treatments feature lift cords to raise or lower them, all conforming with these standards. It is very important to consider child safe living 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.
There's a lot to know about window treatments, 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 living room. With all the window fashion options now available, you should have many living room window treatments to choose from for any decor.
The information you need to make the best living 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.