Window Coverings and Blinds

Combining window coverings and blinds gives you flexibility in functionality. It can also be a dramatic and beautiful look. You can have patterned curtains and solid blinds, or different colors to accent and contrast with the room, and you can add a finishing touch of a valence if you want.

Most people don't put much thought into their choice of window coverings and blinds, but this small detail can make a huge difference in the entire look and feel of a room and home. When you look for window coverings and blinds, you may find the selection overwhelming. However, there are things that you can do before you visit the store that can help to tame the overwhelming selection and put you back into purchasing control.

The first thing that you need to do to prepare yourself for a shopping trip is to evaluate your windows. Measure them and think about the feel of the room and what window coverings and blinds would look best. Consider what function the window coverings and blinds are to perform -- privacy, room darkening, temperature control, or just decoration. Then think about the function of the room. Is it a room where sticky little fingers or hands may be touching the window treatments? If it is a room where moisture might be a concern, such as in a bathroom or kitchen, take that into consideration when choosing your window treatments. Is this a room for sleeping, watching TV, or enjoying the view outdoors? Knowing your room's function and decor is the first step in choosing your window coverings and blinds.

Part of what you will be evaluating is how you will use blinds with other window covering options. Your window coverings can take the form of sheers, cafe curtains or full-length curtains. Any of those styles can look great combined with blinds. Then add options like valances, tie-backs, and fancy curtain rods and you have a big world of ideas to work with to create just the right window treatment.

Go online to see exactly what window coverings and blinds are available to get an idea of what you may want, whether it's curtains (with or without valances), wood blinds, fabric shades, or whatever. You can look at all the wide range of choices from the comfort of your home without feeling the pressure of salesperson. Take time to look at the choices to make sure you find exactly what will make you happy for your rooms.

After you have the window coverings and blind choices for your rooms in mind, you check prices. There may be a huge difference between prices online and at stores, but be sure you also look at shipping costs and the return policies if you are buying online. Double check your measurements before ordering or purchasing your window coverings and blinds to make sure that when you went you get them home they will fit exactly as you need them to.

If you do all of the above, then you will not be as overwhelmed with the window coverings and blinds choices. This will help you to keep your head, because you will have an idea in your mind of what you are looking for. If you take the time now and think about your decision, you will increase your satisfaction level. Now all you need to do is go out there and spend some money.