The choice of window treatment in a bedroom is no small decision as it not only affects the overall aesthetic vibe of a major room in the house, but it also affects mood, ambiance and even the level of comfort.
Apart from the visual aspects, window treatments are directly correlational to the reigning temperature in the room (as they provide some insulation or lack thereof), how much privacy you can have and even how well you will be able to sleep at night. Here are some types to choose from, depending on your preferences and lifestyle requirements.
Old School Shutters
Shutters were everywhere during the 19th Century particularly in larger country estates as they’re practical and boast of multiple benefits such as being able to keep out both dust and light and the relative convenience of their use. Shutters have been making a comeback in recent years particularly in bright, dynamic colors like green, blue and maroon and are a wonderful choice for your bedroom.
They can be matched to the color of your walls or even to the color scheme of furniture or fabric. For people who work long shifts, they have a partial blackout effect and can block out light rather well without compromising on style.
For old homes that have been renovated and re-fashioned, shutters provide a gentle link to their vintage origins and yet they can be styled to look rather modern and even bohemian. Shutters suit country homes and farmhouses best but can be used anywhere where a rustic or coastal beach theme has been applied.
Decorative drapery like valances may remind one of old French estates but it is still an impactful, vintage style to follow today. Cascades are folds of fabrics that can be draped over the top or the sides of regular curtains especially for taller, French windows.
Swags are another type of valance and they are used more in the horizontal manner to add depth and glamor to an existing set of curtains and an extra rod is attached to allow for the fabric to be fitted. If you are going for the royal bedroom vibe, nothing will fit it better than a valance that transports one right to the old times of regal decadence.
Blinds are a versatile window treatment that suit everything from formal office spaces to chic, contemporary bedrooms. Blinds can be chosen in a variety of colors in lieu of curtains and provide excellent protection from sunlight (for people who want to sleep in) and are very convenient to keep clean and open and close with minimal effort.
Blinds also last a long time since they are made from relatively durable materials like wood, metal or hard types of plastic. Blinds can be used regardless of the size of window and can also be adjusted over doors for added privacy. If your bedroom has walk-in windows or doors leading to a terrace or balcony, blinds can provide easy access as they can be rolled out of the way and then rolled down once you’re inside. Blinds may also be more cost-effective to style compared with expensive curtains, a Nashville plantation shutter or other kinds of drapery. To balance styling your room on a budget without missing out on the aesthetic, blinds are a great option and they can be painted to match any room.
Letting The Light Shine Through
For bedrooms with an excellent view or plenty of natural beauty in the surroundings, shears are a sensible choice. Shears are very thin, feather-light fabric curtains that allow light and air to penetrate and they give a lovely, airy feeling to the bedroom. Houses made in tropical or warmer climates can benefit from the use of shears as can coastal or beach houses as it doesn’t let the room trap too much heat.
Tall French windows can also be paired with shears so that their beauty shines through and is not concealed behind thick curtains. Shears do get dirty often depending on the climate and do not last as long as thicker curtains but they can be dry cleaned or washed to maintain their color and appearance.
Drapes are very similar to curtains and might be considered the same interchangeably but are usually made from thicker materials that block light out completely, more effectively than regular curtains even with sewn lining. Drapes have greater longevity when compared with curtains but they do need some special installations such as a special rod to enable them to mechanically or manually draw themselves.