Windowcovering Basics: Privacy, Light Control, Function, and Style
Part 1: Privacy is requisite
Window treatments can baffle even experienced home decorators. Overwhelmed by a huge variety of choices in material, fabric, color, size, options, and hardware, where do you start?
You start with the basics: privacy, light control, function, and style. Paying attention to these four elements can give your project a sense of direction, and combining window treatments in intelligent ways can accomplish the necessary functional aspects as well as contribute to a room's style.
Let's take a look at each of the main factors in windowcovering choices and see which treatments can be most successful in each case. Privacy
Perhaps the only people who don't need privacy in window treatments are those who have homes in the forest, far from prying eyes. For the rest of us, however, privacy can be a major issue.
If you have a bathroom window that looks directly into your neighbor's hallway, you need privacy. When your dining room looks out on a busy sidewalk, street corner, or a community pool, you want privacy.
Privacy and Style
To get it you'll need to choose window treatments that offer complete opaque covering. Here are some good choices for privacy:
Go on to Part 2: Light Control
All photos in this article courtesy of Smith+Noble Windoware 1-800-248-8888
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