If eyes are the window to the soul, then windows just might be the soul to a home. From over the top floral window treatments in a formal living room to blackout blinds in an infant’s room, there are a number of ways that people chose to cover the windows in their homes. And while there are many people who like an open look with absolutely no kind of window covering, it is important to realize that there is a greater percentage of people who make very intentional decisions about the coverings that they select for their homes and businesses.
Although outdoor shutters are may come in only a few colors and style, there are a number of ways that valances, shades, and curtains can add personality to the inside of a home. Whether you are selecting pleaded shades for a formal dining area or you are looking for fun colors to excitement to a child’s room, it is important to make sure that you take the time to consider all of the available options.
Window Treatments Can Add Both Beauty and Function to a Room
Some of the latest most energy efficient homes have automated window treatments installed. In fact, these are becoming more and more common, according to a 2016 Houzz survey which indicates that 2% of newly renovated homes have “smart” blinds or curtains that can respond to both temperatures and light levels.
Consider these facts and figures about the window treatment industry and the impact that these products have on the nation’s economy:
- Most home owners replace their window treatments at least every seven to eight years.
- Window attachments can improve the performance of windows and save as much as 13% of a household’s annual energy use, according to the Attachments Energy Rating Council (AERC).
- Roller shades on a single pane window can save up to $180 a year, according to the AERC.
- Cellular shades on a single pane window can save between $280 and $470 a year, according to the AERC.
- The general rule when installing shades is to add two to three inches to the overall width of the shade so that you have enough room for mounting hardware.
- Studies indicate that medium-colored draperies with white plastic backings have the ability to reduce heat gains by as much as 33%.
If you want to effect what people think about your home, from both the inside and outside, one of the easiest things to do is to change the window coverings in a space.