As a new homeowner, it can be overwhelming to think about all the things you need to do, like all that paperwork and then the hard work of moving. One thing that may be on your backburner, if you’ve thought about it at all yet, is what to do about the windows in your new home. If you are moving into a new build, your windows will be absolutely bare and provide no privacy. For those moving into older homes, you may have what is left from the last homeowner and it is important to plan for updates.
When to Think About Buying Blinds
If you are moving into a new build, think about bringing in a window covering specialist during the planning stages of your home so they can discuss the project with your contractors, be able to measure your windows and even do hardwiring for motorized shades once the framing is up.
If you want to remodel or renovate an older home you bought, including the window treatments, call the specialists any time to get started. However, it may be easier to put new paint on the walls before your new window treatments are installed.
A New Homeowner’s Buying Guide: Style and Function
As a new homeowner, you may not have thought much about window treatments before, but how you dress your windows can really help to define your space and your style. Different types of treatments also provide different functions as well. Here are some things to think about:
- Do you want privacy and how much? Privacy needs in a bedroom will be different than privacy needs in a home office or living room.
- How much light control do you want? Also, take into consideration that you will get more light in windows that face south, east and west compared to north facing windows.
- What is the aesthetic you want?
- What is the function of the room? For example, you may want blackout shades in a nursery to help make daytime naps easier.
- Do you belong to a homeowner’s association that has covenants about window treatments? This could dictate what color your blinds or shutters must be, or if your curtains need to be lined.
- What is your budget? Don’t forget to think about what your budget is as you consider all your options and needs.
A New Homeowner’s Buying Guide: Types of Window Treatments
- Blinds are considered the most affordable option. The stacked slats are usually made of metal, vinyl or wood, making them a “hard treatment.” Metal and vinyl options are more about function than style, but options such as woven, faux wood or wood can elevate the typical blind and offer a more architectural look.
- Shades are a “soft treatment” made of fabric and are a bit more expensive than blinds. Because they are made of fabric, you aren’t able to adjust the light filtering like you can with blinds or shutters. Either the shades are open or closed; there’s no in between. There are three main types of shades: roller (where the material comes down from a roll), Roman (has elegant folds like drapery) and cellular or “honeycomb” (made of pleated chambers that provide insulation).
- Shutters are the priciest option and lend the appearance of custom woodwork. They are great for curb appeal and come in vinyl and wood.
- Curtains provide a ton of options of colors, patterns and styles. They also allow you to filter light with how open or closed you have them and provide privacy. Curtains soften and warm up any room, can add height to your space and provide aesthetic. Do note that you should avoid rich-colored curtains in bright rooms as sunlight will fade fabrics over time.
If you are feeling overwhelmed with the amount of options and considerations to take into account, speaking with a window treatment specialist or even having one come to your home to assess your windows can really help you narrow down what it is you are looking for.