Choosing the right type of window furnishings is one of the most important decisions you need to make whether moving into a brand new home or renovating an existing property. If you make the right choice then this one item will serve many purposes besides looking good. The correct window furnishing can provide privacy, insulation, light control and in some cases, security.
Here are some tips to consider:
Getting the look
It doesn’t matter what style of property you live in, somewhere there is a type of window covering that will suit it to perfection, enhancing its characteristics. The options to choose from include curtains, blinds, awnings, and shutters and within these styles you’ll find plenty of other choices.
When you’re looking to install window furnishings it’s important to consider where they are to be fitted. Some materials and textiles are better at coping with moisture or direct sun, and will last longer. If you’re installing window furnishings in an area that is prone to heat then you’ll find that aluminium venetian blinds work well as do blinds with a reflective or white background. For areas such as bathrooms and kitchens then look out for coated fabrics, aluminium framed furnishings and PVC which are able to withstand moisture.
Light control and privacy
In terms of light control and privacy, the room that most needs this is probably the bedroom. Here you could use slatted venetian blinds, blackout fabrics and shutters. You could also add an additional roller shutter for extra security.
Doors and windows both function in a totally different way so you need to be aware of how you use them so you can make the most practical choice. Doors which are used a lot tend to work best with curtains that open to the side, sliding shutters and panel glides as not only do they control the light, but they allow you to walk easily in and out of the door.
Like most things in the home your window furnishings will require an element of on-going maintenance and this can range from a wipe over with a damp cloth to taking down heavy curtains to go to the dry cleaners. Depending on your lifestyle, especially if you have kids, it may be best to choose functional and low maintenance window treatments.
Often people take an age to select a window furnishing and then realise they need some protection from insects. It can be more tricky adding a screen after your window furnishings have been installed so try to factor a screen in at the same time as choosing your window furnishings.
If you’re renovating your property then we can provide beautiful made to measure doors and windows which will give your property a complete facelift. We also supply all manner of insect screens to suit all types of doors or windows. Why not give us a call on 07 3807 3355 to see just what we can do for you.