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How to Choose the Right Window Treatments for Your Home

There are many options when it comes to choosing window treatments.  Shutters -Composite or Wood,  Shades-Light Filtering or Room Darkening, Natural Woven Shades in bamboo, grasses or jute, Drapery panels or Roman Shades, Faux Wood Blinds or Authentic Wood Blinds? The list goes on and on…Let us help! In the following paragraphs, we will show you how to choose the right window treatments for your home.

To narrow down the overwhelming amount of choices,  first consider the actual shape and size of your windows.  For example, do you have a specialty shaped window like an arch or a sky light that needs a window covering?  Shutters are one of the most versatile window treatments. You can cover many sizes and shapes with shutters,  ranging from arched windows to angled windows, french doors to large sliding glass doors.  You can also configure them in a variety of styles such as Cafe, Bi-Fold or Double Hung

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Cellular shades or sometimes called, Honeycomb shades are also an option for arched windows.  They are also a good choice for skylights or large windows and sliding glass doors.

Blinds are another choice for specialty shapes like trapezoids, triangles and octagon shaped windows.  In addition, they can be a solution for windows where a side cut-out is required to fit a window.

Next consider your environment and lighting when you begin to choose the right window treatments for your home.  Is the light blazing into your bedroom first thing in the morning? Is glare blocking your view of the tv screen in the living room? Perhaps the dining room is too dark and you want to brighten up the room? Cellular shades are one of the top options for any room. They insulate the room from being too hot or cold and offer a wide variety of colors and light control options.  Room darkening cellular shades are great for any room that is too hot, as well as for darkening a bedroom for the perfect night of sleep. Light filtering fabric on a cellular shade continues to insulate the room and gives complete privacy, but lets in more light.  In addition, you can add a “Sun Up, Sun Down” feature to the shade that allows it to be lifted from the bottom or the top.  It allows you to let light in at the top, but privacy toward the bottom of the room. In other words, open up the shades at the top for more light, but feel free to walk around freely in your PJs with complete privacy at the bottom of the window! These shades also come in colors ranging from a basic white to hot pink.

Shutters for arched windows


When you choose the right window treatments for your home, consider Style.  Here in the Charleston and Summerville area, popular styles include Modern Farmhouse, New Traditional and Coastal Decor. Modern Farmhouse incorporates a comfortable and relaxed style with minimalism and contemporary design elements like granite and stainless steel. Consider roller shades.

They are great for a minimalist look and offer a sleek, modern look when down. When up they can open almost completely to the top of the window for an “almost bare” window to let a lot of light into the room.

Roman Shade

New Traditional mixes new with the old,  combining color, pattern and texture. Flat or looped fabric Roman Shades or deco panels add a pop of color, pattern or texture to any room.


Coastal Decor mixes wood finishes,  uses natural elements and often mixes curtain panels with blinds. Mixing wood finishes is easy when you couple Natural woven shades in bamboo or jute with white walls or shiplap. Consider wood or faux wood blinds in white or natural finishes, paired with a decorative white sheer or light teal panel.



Woven Shades

Thanks for reading! I hope this helped you choose the right window treatments for your home!