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At first blush it may seem overwhelming to decide among all the potential window treatments available to your home.

Currently home decorating centers are offering more variety of styles and colors than ever before, the current trend begin toward horizontal blinds.

Here is just a small sampling of options and what they offer:

Selecting the right window coverings for your home is easy to do if you know a few simple tips.
Selecting the right window coverings for your home is easy to do if you know a few simple tips.

Covering French Doors – French doors have a timeless looks but are a little more time consuming to clean. Also French doors may still need another treatment in order to keep unwanted light out (so you’re buying twice). For those who love wood, however, they’re a pretty choice. Cover French doors with cellular shades or blinds which can be anchored at the top and bottom to prevent them from rattling around when you open and close your French doors.

Window Shades – pull shades are a nice choice for windows that you like to look through regularly. Choose a durable shade that’s not prone to sun bleaching and one that can be washed.

Window Blinds – cleaning blinds is a frustrating task (here we remove them and spray them down with a hose in the yard, let dry and put back up). However, blinds allow for “adjusting” the light levels with greater accuracy than other types of window coverings. Beyond this, blinds have a variety of slat sizes (most common being ½”, 1” and 2”) each of which has a different look and feel.

Sliding Doors – sliding doors can go into a window frame in either direction as desired. These may improve overall weather proofing. Vertical blinds are a great way to cover glass sliders.

Vinyl Window Treatments – recommended for wet and humid environments for longevity. This is a low cost option with longevity, but they’re not overly fancy. Use vinyl shades or blinds in the kitchen and bathrooms, where humidity and moisture are concerns; they’ll be easier to keep clean than curtains or cellular shades.

Aluminum Mini Blinds – 6 or 8 gauge mini blinds can be a good, and affordable, choice for exterior treatments or any area with high activity (to protect the glass).

Wood Blinds & Shutters – real wood blinds and shutters have become very costly, but remain popular for both longevity and ambiance.

Composite Wood Blinds & Shutters –  Fauxwood or composite blinds and shutters offer a less costly option over real wood that provides the temperature/moisture durability of PCV with the feel of wood.

No matter your choice, think about each room of your house and what makes sense to that space. In the kitchen, for example, window treatments need to be very washable. In the bedroom, you’ll likely want something that blocks light effectively and offers privacy.

For the bathroom choose moisture resistant coverings, and for a child’s room look to the safety features of your coverings. Most of all, remember these words when shopping: Functionality, Durability, Value, Privacy, Light Control, and Style. These six key guidelines inevitably help make your choice much easier once you add up all the desired elements and choose according to those.



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