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Blinds, Shutters and Window Treatments

Installing new blinds, shutters and window treatments is a quick improvement that immediately adds personality to your new home. Settle in by sprucing up your windows.

Window Treatments

The right window treatments can add architectural interest to an otherwise nondescript room.

Fabrics. There are four categories of window treatments that provide varying light and privacy control.

  • Sheer: Sheers are used to accent the open, airy feeling of most of today's newer home designs. Sheers provide the maximum amount of light to enter when curtains are drawn, but the least amount of privacy.
  • Semi-sheer: These window treatments include heavy and layered sheer fabrics with designs and lace. Semi-sheer window treatments diffuse light, so they offer slightly more privacy than sheers. But it is still possible for neighbors to see your home's interior at night.
  • Semi-opaque: Semi-opaque products are the most widely available window treatments. These treatments provide partial blockage of light when the curtains are closed and show only shadows at night.
  • Opaque: For maximum privacy and light blockage, opaque is the best treatment. Opaque curtains are typically lined with a light-blocking fabric.

Styles. You'll want to select the right style and the best length to match your aesthetic, whether casual or formal.

  • Tiers: Also called café curtains, tiers are short in length and are often used in kitchens and baths. Tiers cover the lower half of the window using a tension rod and can be beautifully combined with a swag, valance, or top tier.
  • Tab Tops: Tab tops highlight the decorative hardware used to hang them. Suitable for any room, this style is available in valances, café style and drapes.
  • Full-Length Rod-Pocket or Pole-Top Panels: These panels are a mainstay in window treatments and can be constructed with different sized pockets to accommodate varying rod styles. They can hang straight or be tied back using fabric ties or decorative hardware.
  • Valances: Valances hang across the top of a window, usually covering a third of the window glass. Often used to hide drapery hardware, valances can be draped, gathered, or pleated. Valances can be used with or without a curtain underneath.
  • Swags and Scarves: Swags and scarves add a striking accent to curtains. Layering a printed swag or scarf over coordinating solid curtains will bring all of the colors of your room together to create a romantic focal point.

Hardware. Decorative hardware can breathe new life into old curtains or drapes. Basic hardware items include:

  • Rods
  • Pole Ends/Finials (leaves, twigs, spears, fruit, etc.)
  • Holdbacks/Tiebacks
  • Sconces
  • Rings
  • Hooks
  • Brackets
  • Curtain Clips

Updated window treatments can easily change the feel of any room. Once you've decided on window treatments, pick up complementary shades, shutters or blinds to complete your décor.

Shades, Blinds and Shutters

Natural Woven Shades. Natural woven shade slats are constructed primarily of grasses, raffia, bamboo or jute. Woven shades can be combined with a soft window treatment. They softly filter the light and provide a warm feeling to the room.

Horizontal Blinds. Horizontal blinds are available in varying slat widths to fit most windows. They can be constructed of wood, aluminum, vinyl, or other synthetic materials made to look like stained or painted wood.

Vertical Blinds. Vertical blinds are a good choice for sliding glass doors. Vertical blinds can stack back to reveal the entire glass window. The blinds can also be rotated to control light and maintain privacy. Vertical blinds are available in aluminum, vinyl or fabric.

Shutters. Shutters provide a crisp, architectural appearance that can enhance a room's mouldings while providing excellent light control.

Pleated, Roller and Cellular Shades. Pleated, roller and cellular shades are simple to raise and lower. They can easily be combined with soft window treatments for a classy appearance.

DIY Installation Tips

  • Measure each window with a steel measuring tape.
  • Do not assume that all your windows are the same size.
  • Remember, covering more of the window space is better than not covering enough.

Or Hire Pros

If installation is a hassle you'd rather not deal with, Lowe's experts can install your blinds, shades or custom interior shutters.

Selecting blinds and shutters is a home improvement that'll make your new house feel like home in no time. Check out more quick or inexpensive home improvements to help you settle in.

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