There are many types of window treatments out there, we gathered all types of treatments and combine them in four main categories:
- Window treatments that are made of soft materials such as curtains, sheer curtains, drapes, swag and valances
- Window treatments that are made of hard material like blinds shutters, shades etc.
- Window films and stickers
- A combination of both hard and soft window treatments.
Hard Window Treatments
Also known as board and baton (bnb), panels, slats or louvered shutters. They are made of wood and plastic materials, ideal for exterior windows. They can help in controlling light, they can provide privacy, hides an undesirable view. They can be just for decoration purpose or used for functional aspect as well. Window shutters are ideal for exterior windows.
Shades and blinds:
There are a vast variety of shades and blinds available nowadays. From roman shades to venetian blinds. Shades are mostly made of hard wood and plastic or metal material whereas blinds can be made from fabric, vinyl, paper or card. Both treatments are considered to be fixtures because they are fixed and cannot be drawn like a curtain or drapery on the other hand they can be control with cords and wands.
Shades and blinds are ideal for kitchens, patio, bathroom and can be used in family room also. They are available in variety of colors and prints. Famous types of shades and blinds are wood woven shades, venetian blinds, roller shades, roman blinds, vertical shades, horizontal shades etc.
Panels are like room dividers which can be used as window treatments, originally from Japan, they are made of rice paper, bamboo, wood, vinyl and nowadays stained-glass ones are famous. They can act as a decoration component in any room.
There are two types of panels, folding panels like screens and panel tracks which runs on a track like sliding window panel. Ideal for interiors, they can be used in any room. Panels provide a stylish yet luxurious effect in any space.
Soft window treatments
Curtains are made of soft materials like fabrics. When talking about curtains certain things comes in mind as Will curtains keep my room warmer or will they keep it cooler?
One should know that curtains are versatile as they can control light provide privacy, add as a decoration element solely or a functional element like hiding an unwanted view. Curtain types are pleated, pinch-pleats, eyelets, ruffled, sheer fabric and café curtain etc. They come in many different colors and prints for interiors; they can be as formal and as casual accruing to your choice. Some curtains require a lining for blocking a light properly, some don’t.
Draperies are made from heavier fabrics like velvet, jacquard. Draperies are for formal areas as they are made of fine fabrics like satin, silks and velvets. Draperies need high maintenance. They act as a main focal point in any room when mix with other types of tops and headers. Come in many colors and prints according to taste Like curtains, drapes are available by length and width. For both, it’s necessary to have the right hardware for hanging them, including curtain or drapery rods.
May draw across the rod or remain stationary on either or both sides of the window. They add sophistication and elegance to any room. Ideal for interior formal zones like dining and living areas.
Window stickers and films
If you are looking for a low-cost window treatment, window films and stickers are for you. They come in different types like decorative, frosted, stained glass, etched plain, opaque ones to full bright floral and animated ones. With vast variety of patterns and color choices.
They can add oomph factor to any room. Window films come with adhesive on one side you can just peel and stick it on windows. Some are water proof. easy to maintain and clean. Ideal for bathrooms, kitchen and kids’ room.
Combination of both hard and soft window treatments
Soft window treatments like roller shades can be combined with hard window treatments like cornice and Valances to give a layered and more complete look. Both combined can add some design elements to your windows, you can add shades with sheer fabrics or drapes with cornice on top to hide hardware. These are available in assorted colors and designs, so you’ll want to go with something that matches the theme of the room.