With the several types and styles of shutters and window blinds, Phoenix homeowners tend to be perplexed in finding the right window treatment that will suit their home, especially their needs. Although the growing market provides you with several options, this also brings about several questions that you might find yourself asking: What material would best fit our home? What style will complement our existing décor? What colors will blend with our home’s interior painting?
These are just a few of the several questions that might be lurking in your head right now. With the intent of helping you come up with the right choice, we have put together some of the essential things to keep in mind before you make any purchase or start installing window treatments.
This is one of the major considerations you need to keep in mind. Are you planning to do all the windows of the entire house, or just a particular room? If you are going for the former, then you can cut down on your costs by scaling back on other areas, especially those that are not frequented often.
Window treatments are priced by material (with real wood usually being more expensive) and size (the bigger the treatment, the costlier it is). Also specialty fabrics, styles, designs, and custom sizes will also cost you much more.
Light and Privacy
One of the main purposes of window treatments such as blinds, shutters and sunscreens, is to protect you and your home from the harmful effects of the sun’s rays, and to provide you a degree of privacy. However, with the several options out there, you can choose to have treatments that will make your home airy and bright, or warm-looking and cozy. Are you planning to black out the sun completely for certain rooms, or put up some beautifully patterned fabrics over your kitchen windows? Also, you might need to assess which windows will need heavier draping or shading if you want to control the light that enters your house.
Style in Decorating
With the several purposes of window treatments, the aesthetic benefits must be the main reason why homeowners decide to install such implements. If so, you need to consider your decorating style when choosing. Are you into casual and chic, or to more formal and neutral look? Do you prefer pastel colors, or bolder shades? Would you go for corded styles, or to cordless treatments?
If there are children in the household, you might want to consider more streamlined cordless shades and blinds, and light-weight materials.
How much time and effort are you willing to spend in cleaning your window treatments? While some are basically easy to clean, others would require special attention and scheduled cleaning. Standard blinds may not be difficult to clean but can easily accumulate dust, thus needs frequent attention. Some fabric window treatments will also require vacuuming or even professional cleaning.
These are some of the essential things to keep in mind when choosing among the several window treatments available in the market – shutters, sunscreens, shades, curtains and blinds. Phoenix homeowners should, however, always prioritize their needs over their wants.