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How To Choose The Right Window Treatments

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If you’ve recently bought a house, or are renovating a home, you know that there are hundreds of decisions to be made. From paint colors to carpet choices, it can feel like an endless list. Now, speaking specifically about window treatments, do you choose blinds or drapes? Café curtains or shades? Are you choosing something for privacy or for design? When I was choosing the window treatments for our home, I chose Vignette Modern Roman Shades with PowerView Motorization from Hunter Douglas based on the style and era of our home—the clean, crisp folds perfectly complement the look and stay true to my home’s original design and aesthetic.

Window treatments are crucial accessories that can really add life to your space while also adding functional benefits like energy saving, insulation and sound absorbing qualities. And, when you have large windows, like mine, you need an option that won’t take away from the window itself. It’s like dressing a glass house. I have a few tips for choosing the right option for mid-century or modern inspired spaces.

  1. Go simple. One of the features of a mid-century modern home is the emphasis on nature and the outdoors. This often manifests in large windows, sliding glass doors, patios, and other indoor-outdoor living spaces like a living room or patio entrance. Roller shades, cellular shades and vertical blinds all can make excellent choices for large windows. When they are open, they become almost invisible, and when closed they give excellent privacy.

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Hunter Douglas Silhouette® ClearView™Shadings

2. Go colorful. This works well with muted and neutral wall colors found in nooks or dining areas especially. You can layer in bursts of color with window treatments to bring the vibrant energy of the summer indoors or add warmth during cold winter months. Colors like leafy green, mustard yellow, fuchsia, and mandarin add eye-catching intrigue all year round. Opt for either monochromatic or patterned styles to bring a window (and space) to life.  

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Hunter Douglas Designer Roller Shades

3. Get automated. Adjusting window treatments throughout the day doesn’t have to be a chore. Programming my shades with PowerView Motorization was easy with the Hunter Douglas’ online app—I simply set my shades to open as the sun rises for an added boost to my morning without any interruptions to my schedule and to close completely during the evening for privacy. Also, syncing PowerView with other smart home systems, like Nest, can help save some dollars in the long run by triggering shades to close when the temperature gets too warm inside, keeping hot rays out and the interior more insulated.

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Hunter Douglas Vignette Roman Shades with PowerView Motorization

Window treatments really serve as aesthetic enhancements for your windows, giving you the opportunity to make a fashion statement throughout your home. They come in a variety of colors, patterns , operating systems and as such, you’re sure to find plenty of window treatment options to match your personal style while also making your life a bit easier.

Disclosure: Compensation and product for this post was provided by Hunter Douglas. Opinions expressed here are my own.

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  1. Kirsten, which color/fabric did you go with? Is it more of a blackout white color or more on the sheer side? I’m looking for my own living room currently and I have a midcentury home like yourself and I’m loving your pick, thanks in advance!

  2. I like how you say that you would want to consider the color of a blind before you choose them. Finding something with a color that compliments your home would probably make things look really bright and cheery. My sister is getting blinds for her home, so she’ll have to consider what color best matches her furniture.

  3. I like that you talked about how crucial it is to find the right window treatments that will add life to your space while providing its benefits. What appealed to me the most is how you can choose colorful blinds or window treatments to bring vibrant energy to your neutral wall. Our new house is almost fully constructed, so I’m looking to add some blinds and window treatments to add beauty to it. For me, adding some colorful blinds will really play a big part in enhancing the spaces in our new house which I believe my children will love. I will make sure to consider all your tips.

  4. I seriously love that idea of going simple. My house has a lot of big windows. Roller shades or vertical blinds sound like the perfect window treatment for my home.

  5. Thanks for going over how to pick out a window treatment. I’m glad you explained to possible use something with colors especially for neutral wall colors. It seems like a good way to also establish a color palette or theme to a particular room.

  6. The best part of your article for me is when you talked about how you can enhance the aesthetic appeal of your house by adding window treatments. I recently bought a new house. Now that I’m planning to move there with my family, I’m looking for the best ways to decorate it. I have big windows in my new house, so it will make sense for me to buy window treatments that can help me create a fashion statement for my house and beautify it at the same time. Thanks for the tips!

  7. Thanks for the advice to go simple with window treatments. I’ve been trying to decide what to do with the windows in my living room. I think keeping it simple would probably open up more options for decor in the room, so maybe I’ll just go with some nice blinds.