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Window treatments can make or break a room…

Roller shades in our kitchen keep the look modern and fresh. HGTV Design Happens - designer Erin Loechner - kohler sink

Roller shades in our kitchen keep the look modern and fresh.

…and there’s nothing that can feel more unfinished in a space than a bare window. Yet with copious amounts of options (shades! draperies! panels!) how do you know what to pick for your space? Here’s the four things I keep in mind, and you can use as guidelines, when planning window treatments…along with a sneak peek of what we chose in our own home!

Choosing The Right Window Treatments

1. Consider the room’s purpose.

Throw away the misconception that window treatments should match throughout the home. Different rooms serve different purposes, which means they each require different dressings. For example, I like to use heavy draperies in media rooms and/or basements because the sound-deadening quality makes a huge difference when watching the latest flick on your sofa. Yet in bedrooms, I often opt for a blackout shade with sheer panels for a soft, romantic and relaxing aesthetic.
Hint: Not sure what’s available? Head over to HGTV’s guide to window treatments for a list of options, sure to fit your every style and budget.

A sliding glass door in our living room is dressed up with modern panels from The Shade Store. HGTV Design Happens - designer Erin Loechner - living room

A sliding glass door in our living room is dressed up with modern panels from The Shade Store.

2. Figure out the window’s main function.
Will you be utilizing your window for a cross-breeze, as a source for natural light or for a marvelous view? I like to use non-fussy roller shades that are as seamless as they are functional for windows that will be accessed heavily.
Hint: For sliding glass doors, try modern panels. (We found ours at The Shade Store, and installation couldn’t have been easier!)

3. Keep in mind privacy.
In any bedroom and/or bathroom, I always splurge on a privacy lining. If you’re a light sleeper, you may want to also invest in blackout/privacy lining. Whatever you decide, be sure the window treatments you pick keep your home private, comfortable and at ease from the outside world.
Hint: Want to fancy up a private space? Try window films!

A modern panel track system (also from The Shade Store) in our dining room. HGTV Design Happens - designer Erin Loechner - dining room

A modern panel track system (also from The Shade Store) keeps our dining room bright and private.

4. Think decor.
Lastly (but certainly not least!), think of your window treatments as the cherry on top of your well-designed ice cream sundae. Try patterned panels to take an already-lovely room to the next level, or go glam with metallic textures. Because I like to switch my decor each season, I like to use a light, airy pattern in the summer and a heavy tweed in the winter. Find what works best for you, and go for it!
Hint: Not sure where to start? Perhaps a chevron?

What about you, friends? Any tried-and-true tips for choosing window treatments? I’d love to hear your thoughts below!

36 Responses

  1. Bobby Jack says:

    I hear that retailers are beginning to limit consumer choice as the federal government pressures them to force cordless products on the consumer. Cordless products are available now, so if I wanted cordless I would buy cordless. What impact is this move going to have on future product offerings and price? Any thoughts on this shift?

  2. LeeK says:

    I have my decided that I want new window treatments, so I am looking for unique solar shades in Las Vegas.

  3. Anna@HGTV says:

    So true!

  4. Anna@HGTV says:

    So glad to hear about how HGTV brightens your day! (I too have longed to buy houses, fix them up and sell them. Maybe someday.) And that you enjoy the blog!

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