I am a designer that loves a view and to me less is best when it comes to window treatments. That being said it’s not about me, it’s about what my client likes and it is up to me to help them figure it out. There are specific questions I ask my clients to help us find the perfect window treatment for every window. Here are some tips on picking the right window treatment for your home.

How to Determine the Right Window Treatment

Do you need privacy?

You want to make sure if the window you are looking to dress needs to give you privacy, like a bedroom or a bathroom window, then it is important to make sure it does the trick. A bedroom window not only needs privacy, but it also needs to totally block out any light shining through, so you are not disturbed in the morning when you are trying to sleep in or take a nap.

Plantation Shutters are a great option, but I highly recommend going with custom-made to fit your window. Many of the premade may not fit the window well enough to not allow light to filter through.

What is your view out the window?

This is a very important question when putting in plantation shutters. Plantations shutters do not give a full open view out of your window unless you open them 180 degrees to lay flat against the wall, which means you will need to have the clearance to do so. If you seek a clear view out your window then you might want to select a different option.

Shades that roll up vertically gives a complete view to the outside.

There are window shades that can completely disappear if you want an unimpeded view to your outside.

Window shades that disappear.
Designs by Patricia Davis Brown Designs, LLC.

Motorized or not?

Motorized shades have become much easier to do with remote systems, especially for remodels.

If you have high windows, like clearstory windows, you will need to have automated shades. Automated shades have become much easier to do with remote systems, especially for remodels. Although there are many people, like my husband that are opposed to the idea because he feels there are more things that can go wrong, but the nice thing is you have options.

Will they be functional or are they just for looks?  If a window looks out onto a private space like a patio, then perhaps you are just wanting to add curtain panels to frame the window, not operable curtains. Framing a window with fabric panels is a great way to draw attention to a beautiful view, seen beyond the window.

Window treatments showing curtain panels.
Designs by Patricia Davis Brown Designs, LLC.

Do you need a window treatment?

This was a remodel I did for a client and these windows were covered with heavy window treatments that hid the beautiful view out the window. By removing the window treatments, it gave a whole new fresh look to the room. Perhaps no window treatment is necessary and in that case, enjoy your view!

Windows free of window treatments.
Designs by Patricia Davis Brown Designs, LLC.

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About the Author: Patricia Davis Brown

Patricia, like her blog, is not a one-dimensional designer, which is evident in her accolades of 17 national design awards. Over a 38-year career in the industry, she has carved a niche in several areas of design. Licensed in interior design and certified in kitchen and bath design, she offers a full menu of design services ranging from whole house interior design, kitchen and bath design, lighting design, full remodels, commercial design and universal (ADA) design. Patricia is a sought-after speaker in the industry and has been published in many publications as seen on her interior design firm’s website, https://www.patriciadavisbrowndesigns.com/. She writes for such publications as QuinStreetinc, Relaxed Remodeler, and eHow.com talent offering design tips.