There’s no time like the New Year to give your house a refresh, starting with your window treatments. Not only do your window treatments play a big role in the overall look and feel of a room, but they’re also a practical element that impacts your energy efficiency, safety, privacy, and comfort.
If you’re in the market for new window treatments this year, we’re here to help!
Choosing Window Treatments in the New Year
Style and Design
Mixing Window Treatments
One of the most common questions we’re asked is whether or not all window treatments in a home should match. While everyone has their unique style, and some people prefer the look of all matching coverings, we typically say that treatments should complement each other but not match.
Because every room in your house likely has a different style and need, we suggest breaking your home down by rooms and then selecting a treatment that works best for each. For example; living rooms are great for more ornate window treatments, while bathrooms require treatments that adapt to changing temperatures and humidity levels.
Choosing a Color
The right color, lighting, and paint can make any room look like something out of a magazine. But how do you find the right window treatment color that compliments your existing decor? Here are some suggestions:
- Match your blinds to the color of your window trim.
- Match your blinds with your wall color.
- Choose window treatments that compliment your furniture or floor.
- Choose darker blinds in large, open rooms with lots of windows.
Take Advantage of Our Window Treatment Visualizer
Many people don’t realize how difficult it is to visualize what new window treatments, floors, or paint colors will look like. That’s where our window treatment visualizer tool comes in! Now, you can see what your favorite window treatments will look like before they’re hung up.
Large windows are a big draw for many people because they let in lots of sunlight and allow homeowners to take in the beautiful view of their house overseas. Unfortunately, they can also compromise a person’s privacy.
Plantation shutters, faux wood blinds, roman shades, and room darkening shades are some of the best options if you’re looking for more privacy.
Did you know that the U.S. Department of Energy estimates that between 25 and 40% of annual heating and cooling costs are lost due to air leakage through windows?
When choosing window treatments, it’s easy to get caught up in color, style, and pattern. But window coverings are one of the best ways to improve your home’s energy efficiency and prevent air from escaping. Some of the most energy-efficient options include:
- Cellular shades
- Roman shades
- Roller shades
Motorized Blinds and Smart Blinds
Window treatments are only beneficial if they’re being used the right way. If you’re not home to open and close them at the right time, they may not be providing as much comfort as you think.
Say, for example, you leave for work early in the morning — you’re left with two options: leave your treatments open all day and into the night, or keep them closed all day and block out sunlight that could be heating your home.
With motorized treatments, you no longer have to choose! Now, homeowners can program their treatments to open in the morning and close once the sun starts to set (or vice versa).
Child Safety Blinds
After 50 young children were killed by window cords from 2012 to 2017, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) went so far as to call corded window treatments one of the top five hidden hazards in American homes. While there are a few ways to keep your child safe from cords, like cutting looped cords or anchoring them to the wall, the best way to prevent a problem is to eliminate the need for a cord.
Exterior Blind and Shade Options
Especially in the summer, exterior shades can provide a level of comfort and privacy that interior options can’t. From patios and pergolas to sunrooms and balconies, exterior window treatments can help you enjoy your outdoor areas even when the sun is at its strongest.
Easy to Clean Options
Window treatments will hang in your living room, kitchen, and bathroom 365 days a year. Even if you don’t touch or move them often, they’ll still require regular cleanings. Some of the easiest to maintain window treatments include:
- Faux Wood Blinds
- Roller Shades
- Composite Shutters
Especially if you’re looking to outfit windows that are in the kitchen or dining room, easy to clean options are a must.
At Bloomin' Blinds, our greatest priority is your comfort and satisfaction. That is why we offer a wide variety of motorized blinds, shutters, and shades to meet all your needs. Contact us today to find your nearest location!