From Roman to Ripple Fold: 4 Different Window Treatments for Your Home

A room without window treatments is like a picture without a frame—it just looks unfinished! If you’re redecorating your home, it won’t feel complete until you’ve installed the right window covering.

Whether you want to add a decorative touch to your kitchen or block sunlight from streaming into your bedroom, the right window treatment will make any room in your home feel more comfortable and inviting.

But how do you decide what type of window treatment is right for your home?

First, you need to know your options. Read on to learn about the four types of window treatments and how they can complement your home’s design.

Brown blinds as a kitchen window treatment

Blinds help control how much light or air enters a room.

1. Blinds

Blinds are hard window coverings made of slats. The slats can be tilted open to let in light or you can raise them to let in extra light or air. 

They come in materials for every budget, with wood being the most expensive and faux wood and aluminum the more economical choices.

If you have windows that aren’t a standard size, you may need to have the blinds cut to fit. An interior designer can handle the measuring and ordering for you!

white pattern material shades window treatment

Shades come in a variety of colors and materials.

2. Shades

Shades are a popular choice because they are stylish, great for privacy, and available in lots of colors and materials. They can be raised from the bottom to let in light or air. 

Pleated or cellular shades are made of special fabric. They are lightweight and can help insulate your windows.

Roman Shades are an elegant choice because they have the style of drapes, but are less bulky and cut to fit the window. Woven shades are built similarly, but they have a more casual look.

closed interior shutters are a light blocking window treatment

Shutters may be used as interior window coverings.

3. Shutters   

You might think that shutters are for the exterior of your house, but they can also be interior window coverings. They sit on hinges inside the window frame and can either be solid or have louvered slats (like blinds) to let light in. 

Shutters are best for rooms where you want a lot of privacy (like bathrooms or bedrooms!) because they are designed to be closed most of the time.

Long beige and white patterned drapes in sunlit hardwood hallway

Drapery and curtains can make a narrow space feel taller and wider.

4. Drapes and Curtains

Drapes and curtains are both fabric panels that hang from rods or tracks. However, drapes feature thick, lined fabric whereas curtains use lightweight fabric. Drapes are better for privacy and blocking light while curtains are more decorative.

Drapes come in two different pleats: ripple fold and pinch pleat.

Ripple fold drapes hang in a wave pattern. The track is visible. Since this style uses more hardware, it is slightly more expensive than pinch pleat.

Pinch pleat is sewn together in groups of three folds. This style hides the track. It is also better for solid-color fabric because the pinch pleat can distort patterned fabric.

Curtains come in different lengths and can attach to the rod by a large grommet or a fabric pocket. They are also usually more economical than drapes.

Best Types of Window Treatments for Your Home

Window treatments don’t just add style to your home, they’re also functional. If you want to update the window coverings in a room of your home, consider what you use the room for. Then, choose a treatment to match!

Since there are four types of window treatments to choose from, it can be difficult to know which one will match your style. To get creative direction from an experienced interior designer, contact us today. 

September 9, 2019