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How to opt for the perfect window dressing treatments for your dream interiors?

Updated: Oct 22, 2021

From dawn to dusk, light plays a vital role in our daily lives, enhancing our mood and bringing our homes to life. Window dressing treatments are a stylish and practical addition to any room. Types of window treatments include blinds, shades, shutters, curtains and drapes; they solve different problems in different settings. Dressing our windows with the most luxurious drapes, stunning shutters, or wow-factor blinds is a great way to guarantee our windows always look great; they come in a variety of sizes, styles and prices. Opting for quality materials means our blinds and draperies will last for years to come. The reasons why window treatments are important for our home include privacy, light control, sound absorbency, heat insulation, ambience elevation, protection from UV rays and personality injection.


Blinds

A typical window blind consists of several long-separated horizontal or vertical slats of various materials, including wood, bamboos, plastic, aluminium or composite hard materials together by cords that run through the blind slats. There are ready-made blinds and made-to-measure blinds on the market. The types of blinds include wooden blinds, Roman blinds, horizontal blinds (Venetian blinds) and vertical blinds; they are relatively easy to fit, clean and adjust. Blends can help balance a room if you have windows at different heights.


Shades

Shade is made up of soft materials, usually fabrics. It is made from a single piece of fabric that fits the window, with material rolled or folded away when not in use. The types of shades include solar shades, roller blinds and Roman blinds.


Shutters

A window shutter is a solid window covering consisting of a frame of vertical stiles and horizontal rails, used to protect furniture and fabrics from direct sunlight. The window shutter is traditionally made of wood; it comes in classic styles and modern versions. Plantation shutters have been growing in popularity in townhouses over the past decade because they can create attractive diffuse light and provide privacy. Shutters also lend a sense of uniformity to an external facade.


Curtains

Curtains are made of fabric panels, often sold in pairs. They come in a wide range of widths, lengths, fabrics, colours and patterns, making them a versatile and popular choice for window dressing. They are attached to the curtain rod by clips, hooks, rings or rod pockets.


Drapes

Drapes are fabric panels and are typically sold in pairs. They are lined with fabric to block out all outside light, making them ideal for bedroom use. Drapes come in a variety of styles, colours and fabrics, from light linen to luxury velvet. The top of the drapes is often pleated, along with the heavy fabric, contributing to the formal appearance of window dressing treatment. Drapes add a nice amount of softness to a room and block out natural light, which is a great choice for deep sleeping in the bedroom. The popular drapes are the blackout style. Drapes are attached to the rod by clips, hooks, grommets or rod pockets. They are often paired with other types of window covering, such as valances.

Top drapery headings include traditional pinch pleat, pencil pleat, Flemish pleat(tack roll pleat), tacked pinch pleat, single fold pinch pleat, modern tacked pleat, and eyelet. The traditional pinch pleat of drapery headings offers an elegant, sophisticated and timeless look, whereas the modern tacked pleat delivers a contemporary, sleek look.


When it comes to choosing window treatments, you should consider the following factors.


1) Functionality.

You can choose window treatments that are up and down or side to side to meet the need for function.


2) Privacy.

You should decide to apply window treatments by how much natural light do you want to keep in the room.


3) Usage.

You should consider how often do you use it.


4) Budget.

You should set a budget for window treatment. The average cost of window shutters in the UK is between £180 and £300 per square metre, and the professional installation is excluded. Half a day of installation service will charge you £75-£85. Blinds are cheaper than shutters. The cost of blinds in the UK is between £100 and £175, including the cost of blinds and the measurement and the installation service.



Window treatments are used to control the amount of natural light entering your home and uplift the atmosphere of the room. By considering styles, functions, materials, colours and budget, you will be able to find the right window treatment for your home.


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