Window Treatment Mistakes to Avoid

Linda Pastor Hodnett
Updated August 25, 2016
Simple window treatment decorating mistakes can detract from your décor and cause problems down the road. (Photo courtesy of Linda Pastor Hodnett)

Choosing window treatments for your home is an important decorating decision.

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Whether you’re shopping for blinds, shades, shutters or drapery, your new window coverings will impact the look and feel of your room, and, if they fulfill an important functional role (e.g. privacy, room-darkening, etc.), your quality of life too.

Shopping for new window treatments? Here are some tips for avoiding some of the most common window treatment decorating fails. 

Window treatments that don’t match your décor

With so many window covering styles to choose from, many homeowners quickly feel overwhelmed and default to a traditional style without considering if it matches the decorating scheme of the home. If your home is more modern, stick to streamlined window treatment styles like roller shades, vertical window panels and simple drapery panels.

If your home is transitional, consider Hunter Douglas Pirouette® and Silhouette® window shadings, which add beauty and visual interest. For more texture at the window, Hunter Douglas Duette® honeycomb shades or woven wood shades are a great option. And if your home is more traditional, consider high-impact window treatments like plantation-style shutters, wood blinds with wide slats or statement drapery.

Window treatments that don’t fit your lifestyle

Window treatments do more than cover your window. They provide important (and often overlooked) functional benefits, such as improving privacy, light control and energy efficiency.

If reducing energy consumption is important to you, avoid sheer styles and choose window treatments that increase insulation at the window, like cellular shades. Or if you need complete darkness to get a good night’s sleep, make sure the style you choose offers a blackout liner.

Environment should affect your choice

The environment where window coverings are installed is also important. For instance, if your new window treatments will be exposed to regular humidity, choose a style that is impervious to moisture, like faux wood, which won’t bow or warp over time.

Do you have small children or pets? Keep loved ones safe by upgrading to a cordless operating system, such as motorization. 

Window treatments that don’t fit the window

DIY measuring and installation are the two most common causes of window treatment decorating fails. Because windows vary considerably in size, shape and depth, many people have trouble getting a perfect fit, causing functional issues like light gaps around the edges. Drapery is particularly difficult to get right – most rods are installed too low and panel lengths are often hemmed too short or too long. 

Make sure you choose window treatments that match your lifestyle and décor. (Photo courtesy of Linda Pastor Hodnett)

So what’s the solution?

Myriad design risks are why many people choose a custom solution; design, measuring and installation are done by experts. Your designer will assess your needs and suggest a solution to match your lifestyle and décor. Plus, custom blinds, shades, shutters and drapery are fabricated to your exact window specifications, guaranteeing a perfect fit. Consider signing up for a free in-home design consultation with a window coverings expert today. 

As of August 25, 2016, this service provider was highly rated on Angie's List. Ratings are subject to change based on consumer feedback, so check Angie's List for the most up-to-date reviews. The views expressed by this author do not necessarily reflect those of Angie's List.

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