Curtains and drapes: Curtains and drapes are window coverings for the home that are created from cloth materials. Homeowners can select solid color curtains or draperies for a room or choose from a printed pattern that will complement the decor or theme that is desired for the room. These window treatments can be closed to block light from entering a room or left open. Most commonly, curtains and draperies are pulled to the sides of the window and secured with a tie.
While curtains and draperies are very similar in their purposes and looks, they do have their differences. Curtains are often measured to fit the height and length of the window for a clean and trimmed appeal. Draperies are often created to hang from the top of the window to the length of the floor for a look of grandeur within the room. There are also differences in how to clean draperies and curtains.
Wood shutters like these can be painted to match any room in your house. (Photo courtesy of John Hudson)
Blinds: Blinds are window coverings which allow an individual to adjust the amount of light in which they can filter into a room. These window treatments are comprised of slats, which are positioned in a horizontal or vertical manner and can be adjusted with the use of a cord or blind stick. Most blinds are capable of having all slats pulled to the top of the window so it allows homeowners to have a full view of the outside. Originally manufactured from plastic, today window blinds are created with materials such as wood, faux wood, metal and more. This provides home decorators with styles that will truly compliment the room in which they are decorating.
Shutters: Interior window shutters are window coverings that are secured to the interior of the window frame in front of the window. Shutters feature slats of wood, fabric and other materials which are secured to a wooden box frame and can be adjusted to allow light in or out out of a room. Window shutters come in many different color options, and depending on the materials in which they are constructed of, they can be painted to match the color scheme of any room.
Shades: Window shades are window coverings constructed of solid plastic, fabric and other materials that are wrapped around a roller that fits into the top of the window frame. Shades can be adjusted by mechanisms within the roller that allow an individual to control the length in which the shade will hang down. These window options provide the individual with the ability to control the amount of light that is allowed within a room and provides protection from glares that can occur in different areas within the room as well. Shades are available in a variety of colors that enhance the feel of the room.
Valances and other decorative accents: There are many different types of window treatment enhancements that can be purchased to create a more decorative look. Some of these enhancements include valances and lace sheers.