Your window treatments do more than just add class to a room. They improve your energy bills and create a comfortable mood for that space. Your living room is often the hub of your house and choosing the right window treatments is vital to creating a comfortable atmosphere. Window treatments have the incredible ability to add beauty to your living room if chosen well. They can play up the architecture of the room, establish a color palette, show regional influence in design, and add function. But you’ll only achieve these lovely benefits if you have the right window treatments in place. Before you buy treatments for your living room, consider these trendy, yet classic options.
1. Faux Wood Shutters
Indoor shutters add an absolutely breathtaking element to your living room, particularly if you’re going for a country theme. For your living room, consider faux wood shutters rather than real wood options. There are many advantages like affordability, durability, and ease of installation. More importantly, unlike wood, faux wood shutters are water-proof, scratch-resistant, and fade-resistant. You’ll get the look of wood shutters without all the negatives.
2. Floor-Length Drapes
As has been the style for the last decade or so, if you’re going to use curtains, they need to be floor-length. These tall drapes add sophistication and class to any room. As a general rule, always hang curtains higher than the window. This will heighten your room and accentuate the natural light streaming in.
3. Layered Curtains
Layered curtains add both form and function. It makes a stunning contrast to use a sheer underlining heavier drapes, particularly if the two are complementary colors. More importantly, it gives you the best of both worlds with functionality. The sheer curtains filter light into the room while affording a little more privacy. If you want no light at all, close the second layer of blackout drapes.
4. Matchstick Blinds
Although not right for every living room, this unique woven wood window option will give your space a sunny, beach-vacation feel. It’s great for small rooms, as the woven spaces allow light.
Valences fell out of style a few years ago, but they’re starting to come back in a good way. Valences add a pop of color and contrast to any room without covering your entire window. If you love the open, sunlit feel of your windows, it’s a good balance. Additionally, a valance can be used for layering other window treatments. You can make blinds or shutters look instantly classier with the use of a bold, attractive valance on top.
6. Roller Shades
Roller shades are easy to install as well as easy to use. They don’t get stuck or tangled as often as Venetian blinds. However, their real draw comes from the many patterns and colors you can use to add stunning detail and variety to a room. They’re flat in nature, which accentuates the pattern of the fabric. They come in sheer or blackout varieties, depending on what you need.
7. Smart Shades
Like every other aspect of our lives, window treatments are turning digital. There are now smart shades that can be controlled with a remote from anywhere in the room. Many of these blinds can be scheduled to open and close according to when the sun is shining hottest to save energy. Other varieties of smart shades have solar protection. They block UV rays so that you can have a little light in the room without it fading your furniture.
8. Wood or Faux Wood Blinds
If you’re aiming for a sophisticated country look, wooden blinds or their faux wood counterparts are an excellent choice. They’re rustic, gorgeous, and functional. Real wood blinds can be somewhat difficult to care for, but many homeowners feel it’s worth it for the overall look.
9. Cellular Shades
Shades can be made similar to blinds with a string pully system. They have a softer, more sophisticated look than traditional blinds but with the same functionality. They’re typically designed with cells in the fabric that help to trap inside air where it belongs—the more cells, the better the efficiency.
Sometimes, window treatments are best applied outside the house. Awnings are attached above the window exterior to protect the window from sun, rain, snow, and other elements. It can also reduce exposure to direct sunlight while increasing energy efficiency.