Selecting a window treatment for your home or business can be one of the most challenging aspects of interior design. The trick is choosing treatments that meet your need with both simplicity and style. Blinds and shades are versatile window coverings that offer many advantages. They allow you to dress windows for a clean, uncluttered look while controlling for the ideal amount of light and privacy.
Blinds and shades can also be used to accentuate and enhance different design styles. Although there are no right or wrong ways to use these classic window treatments, here are some design considerations that will help you achieve functionality while maintaining a cohesive décor style in any room.
For living room or common areas: These are high-traffic areas that often serve as design focal points, so it's worth investing in beautiful and functional window treatments. For a clean or elegant look, wooden or faux wood blinds in a dark finish imbue a space with timeless sophistication. Lighter finishes can provide a more modern or rustic appearance, depending on your overall decor. Common areas are also a good place to install blended window treatments. Roman or roller shades can be paired with drapes for a sleek, stylish and modern display. In this example, shades provide a second layer of color, pattern and texture that can add a pop of color and visual interest to a window treatment. Hang drapes above the window to frame shades and add additional height to the room.
For the kitchen: The kitchen is the heart of any home, and as such it's important to choose window coverings that create a pleasant ambiance and block harsh outdoor light when needed. For look that can be alternately modern or vintage, use Roman shades to put the finishing design touch on your kitchen decor. Today's selection of fabric patterns - ranging from pretty and playful to sumptuous and elegant - offers myriad design options. You can even embellish neutral-colored shades with trim or contrast binding to accent kitchen decor. Faux wood blinds also work well in kitchen areas. They instantly add a touch of warmth and help create an inviting atmosphere and they’re easy to wipe and dust, which makes them a good option for this busy part of the home.
For the bedroom: Create a private sanctuary with Venetian blinds, which come in a variety of colors, textures and materials. These classic window-covering features slatted, overlapping horizontal blinds that can be adjusted to meet your need for light and privacy. Wooden blinds offer polish, and depending on the grain, can accommodate traditional, country and rustic décor styles. Aluminum blinds, on the other hand, can imbue your bedroom with a contemporary or minimalist look and are easy on the budget.
For the bathroom: Humid conditions require high quality window treatments that can withstand constant exposure to moisture. A good choice for the bathroom is faux wood blinds, which are made from durable composite plastics that don't sacrifice sophistication or style. Vinyl blinds, which are available in many colors and patterns, are also very durable and well suited to bathroom décor.