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What about the window treatments?

This question may be asked when the entire process of redecorating and redesigning the interior of a home is done. Overlooking the windows is somewhat understandable since people have a tendency to be heavily focused on the floors, ceilings, carpeting, and more. Windows are important and so is applying the right treatment.

A lot of choices exists in terms of what treatments can be selected. Each treatment does come with a shining positive attribute. Without positive traits, not too many people would be enthusiastic about actually requesting a particular window treatment.

Nothing in the world is perfect. As such, window treatments do come with drawbacks. Homeowners need to look closely at the various different treatments available and then make a smart decision based on the positives and the negatives.

Wood Blinds

Wood blinds really put the retro in retro since using wood to serve as window blinds likely dates back hundreds of years. Long before the industrial age and the use of machines to create plastic-based and other mass-produced window blinds, carving the blinds out of wood was commonplace. Wood blinds have never gone out of style over the years because, quite honestly, wood blinds do look good. They also help with keep sunshine and UV rays out while boosting energy efficiency.

The ability to operate wood blinds contributes mightily to be able to curtail or increase the flow of sunlight through the windows. Wood blinds are extremely easy to control and they do their job quite well.

Wood blinds can be a little too perfect as evidenced by their price. Wood can be expensive. Certain types of wood are very expensive. This prices them far outside the budget of many homeowners.

Wood has a tendency to look a bit underwhelming when not matched with drapes. The visual brilliance of wood blinds does come out better when lent an assist. Not everyone necessarily wants to buy or add other items to support the wood, but they may have to.

Imitation Wood

Wood may be expensive, but something that just happens to look like wood is going to be a lot cheaper. Imitation wood, also known as faux wood, is really vinyl crafted to look like wood. Sometimes, the material is a mix of vinyl and real wood. Depending on the quality of the blinds, telling the difference between faux wood and real wood is downright impossible. Generally, these types of blinds are far cheaper than wood blinds. Some selections may be costly depending on their quality.

A huge positive associated with imitation wood blinds is the fact they do not require any real maintenance beyond simple cleanings. Real wood has a tendency to warp when exposed to moisture. This problem does not occur when the blinds are made of vinyl. Hence, they have a much longer life.

Imitation wood blinds are not absolutely perfect, though. They do come with their drawbacks as most should expect. The low price sometimes reflects very low quality in manufacturing. Going too cheap with faux wood blinds could mean acquiring blinds that really do look fake. Obviously, such blinds would greatly attract from the preferred visual presentation.

Poor quality faux wood blinds may not be built to last. They may end up degrading not too long after being installed. The looks of the interior may end up suffering as a result. Paying a little bit more for better blinds is really the only option here.

Classic Shutters

Are shutters ever going to become passe in the eyes of homeowners and professional decorators? Likely, shutters are going to be eternal because they contribute enormously to the beautification of any home. Certain styles of handcrafted shutters truly do arise to a level of pure artwork.

In addition to being able to keep light out of the home in a highly-efficient manner, shutters work wonders towards the goal of insulating a home. Who wants to see heating and cooling bills reach epic proportions? With poor insulation in the home, controlling the temperature is going to be extremely difficult. Even with good insulation, keeping energy from being wasted is a tough order. Wood shutters definitely are capable of helping the cause, but homeowners do need to pay accordingly.

No, wood shutters absolutely do not come cheap. Their costs are “way up there” in comparison to other shutter options. The added costs may be deemed investments of sorts. How so? The costs of the shutters may be offset by less energy being wasted.

Basic Shades

Shades are inexpensive and easy to put into place. They are made from a host of different materials, which is always a plus since variety in materials adds to a greater spectrum of choice. Shades can do a decent job of keeping sunlight out. Many opt for shades as a temporary solution until time and budget allow for installing a much better looking and more preferable treatment.

The drawbacks with shades are pretty apparent. They are not exactly the most durable of treatments and have a tendency to look bargain basement. Shades are better than nothing, but not by a huge margin.

Weigh Options

Homeowners thinking about adding window treatments to their property simply need to weigh their various options. Look at the pros, cons, costs, and maintenance issues. In doing so, arriving at the best decision is possible.