Windows and doors are an essential part of any home, they allow light and air to enter our living space. There are of course times however when this light or air may not be wanted. Window coverings serve a number of important purposes. Not only do they help to keep the heat in your home and thus save on energy bills but they also keep out unwanted light and stop passersby from looking into your home.
Choosing the right window covering is largely down to personal taste and the style of the room but of course, as with any home improvement, budget will always be a consideration. The following are just a few of the options you have to choose from when it comes to window coverings.
Curtains & Drapes
Curtains are the classic choice for window coverings in the home. They provide a fantastic way to take the style of the rest of a room and apply it to the windows. They also frame windows very well and nicely fill up space on vast, empty walls. Curtains are available in basically any colour and style you can think of so you’re sure to find some to suit your room. Thick curtains do a great job of keeping out light and draughts but thinner curtains are available if you want privacy but also to let some light enter.
Net curtains are worth a mention of their own as they serve a slightly different purpose to regular curtains. They are often referred to as privacy curtains as they allow the home’s occupants to look out and light to enter but prevent people outside from seeing in. Net curtains have seen quite a drastic drop in popularity over recent years but still remain a good option.
Horizontal blinds are another great option, especially if you want to allow in plenty of light but without sacrificing privacy. They are particularly popular for kitchens and bathrooms but it’s very important to consider carefully which material to choose in these rooms. Certain materials will easily stain and wood could rot so choosing materials such as faux wood could be the best option.
Although some curtains can do a similar job the best option if you are looking to block all light from entering a room is blackout blinds. They provide a thick covering over your window and some even come with runners for the left and right sides to stop even the tiniest amount of light creeping through the cracks. This type of window covering is perfect for people who have trouble sleeping in anything less than a completely dark bedroom.