Window treatments are fantastic but they are only as good as the windows they are paired with and when building or renovating your home or simply consulting with a professional about which treatments to pair with your existing windows, there are some important things to consider about your possible choices. Of course, a consultant from Custom Blinds by Design will go over all of this with you but you know your home best, so it’s important to stay informed and vigilant about the unique properties of the windows in your home (what time of day sunlight shines in, which direction breezes typically come from, what kind of privacy concerns you have for certain spaces).
Below, we list some of the typical types of windows you might find in your home and some of the appropriate treatments that go with them!
Probably one of the most common types of windows available are called double or single hung windows. This type of window is made of a sash which can slide up and down in its frame. Most people use these windows in traditional homes because of their classic look and the fact that, particularly with double hung windows, you can operate one sash after another.
Complementary Window Treatments: Blinds, Roman Shades
Sliding windows are quite similar to double-hung windows except that the sashes slide horizontally instead of vertically. They tend to maximize the amount of glass so as to let in a lot of light or a beautiful view.
Complementary Window Treatments: Drapery, Sheers
Blinds or shades are a real possibility, however, they lessen the possibility of horizontal movement and are better suited to vertical applications, depending on the exact style of your windows.
Casement Windows have a single pane of glass that operates on a hinge that can be swung out to leave a fully open window. These windows do not usually have screens, or if they do, it is on the inside of the window behind the opening hardware. They are common in all kinds of home designs. If the window overhangs across a walking path, you will want to be careful about not opening it when people are passing by.
Complementary Window Treatments: Shades
Awning Windows are similar to casement windows because you use a crank to open them, however, they open via a hinge on the top of the window, rather than swinging open like a door. Because of this movement, the pane operates like an awning to block any rain or precipitation from entering the window. They are popular also for bringing in fresh air breezes an when designers want to achieve large wall windows which allow for very large, unobstructed views of the outside world.
Complementary Window Treatments: Motorized Sheers
Of course this list is not exhaustive and you will want to consult with a professional to ensure that whichever windows adorn the walls of your home, you have the appropriate window coverings to complement the style and beauty of your home. Window styling may not be continuous across the board so keep in mind that custom blinds consultants are here to cater to your unique needs!