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The Best Window Coverings for a Rustic Home

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5 Window Treatment Ideas to Match Your Home’s Style

The Best Window Coverings for a Rustic Home. Home decor allows us to show our distinct style and tastes. Part of creating a cohesive look for your home decor is to style your windows to match. One of the most popular home decor styles is rustic. This broad category is used to describe everything from farmhouse to Tuscan-style estate to log cabin. But one thing that all of these different styles have in common is an emphasis on the inclusion of natural materials, such as weathered wood and stone. Rustic decor has a very earthy feel, rather than sleek and glossy. 

If you have a rustic style home, here are our top 5 favorite window coverings to match your home’s decor. 

1 | Wood Blinds & Faux Wood Blinds

The Best Window Coverings for a Rustic Home. The classic blinds window treatment has a warm and earthy feel when you choose wood or faux wood. Wood and faux wood blinds come in many stains and paint colors to truly match your home’s style. Warm cherry and maple are great for Tuscan-style or cabin styled homes while greys and white work perfectly for farmhouse and coastal. One of the best reasons to go with blinds is their amazing functionality. You have full control over the amount of light being filtered into your room by tilting the slats open or closed or pulling them fully open. 

Wood and faux wood blinds can both be dusted with a soft cloth to keep them free of dirt and debris. If heavier cleaning is needed, try a slightly damp cloth to remove more stubborn grime. Be sure to wipe wood blinds dry immediately. Wood blinds will also need the occasional oil or wood polish application to keep them from getting dried out; be sure to apply the polish or oil to the cloth and then wipe the slats. Also, avoid installing wood blinds in areas where there is a lot of humidity, like bathrooms, or grease, such as near stoves in the kitchen. 

2 | Interior Shutters

Interior shutters, also called plantation shutters, are a great option for rustic styled homes. Like wood and faux wood blinds, shutters come in multiple material and color options to complement your home’s decor. They also offer much the same functionality with their tilting slats; however, their panels swing open or can slide open for special windows such as sliding glass doors. 

Cleaning shutters is also much like wood and faux wood blinds. Simply dust regularly with a soft cloth and use a damp cloth to wipe away more stubborn grime. Be sure to dry wood shutters right away and to also oil or use furniture polish on them to keep them from drying out. Again, avoid installing wood shutters in bathrooms and kitchens as humidity can warp them and grease can stain them. 

3 | Woven Wood and Bamboo Shades

Woven wood and bamboo shades offer rustic style with a punch of texture. The variation in color from the natural fibers also adds to the rustic feel and can easily highlight wood elements in your home. These window treatments come in a variety of colors and weave options as well as styles (like roman or roll-up). 

Keep these window coverings dust free by using a vacuum hose attachment to gently remove dust and debris. If needed, keep your woven wood shades from drying out by spraying polish or applying oil to a cloth and wiping it across your shades. 

4 | Fabric Shades

For a soft window treatment, fabric shades are a great option because of the wide variety of fabric and colors and their functionality. To best match a rustic style, choose fabrics with texture like linen cotton. Fabric shades come in a variety of styles as well, but some of the best suited for rustic decor include roman, balloon and tie up shades. These styles offer soft pleats of fabric when partially or fully opened, adding additional texture to your rooms. 

Choosing thinner or more loosely woven fabrics will give you some light filtering even when your shades are fully closed. For more light blocking power, choose shades with a backing of thicker material or blackout material. Also, fabric shades are best for rooms in your home where you want to add a softer touch such as in bedrooms and living rooms. Avoid installing fabric shades with special cleaning needs (like dry clean only fabrics) in kitchens or bathrooms. 

5 | Drapes and Valances

To add a luxurious look, choose drapes or valances for your windows. You can also pair them with hard window treatments like blinds and shutters to soften and create a layered, lush look. As with fabric shades, drapes and valances come in a variety of fabrics and colors to match your personal style. Again, choose fabrics with texture like linen cotton. When pairing them with other window coverings, choose neutral solid colors to keep your windows from looking overly busy. Also, avoid installing drapes or valances in rooms where they may get dirty or damaged. 

Elevate Your View Today

The Best Window Coverings for a Rustic Home? Elevated Views’ knowledgeable experts can help you choose the perfect window treatment for your style and budget and install them right the first time. And with our mobile showroom, we can bring samples right into your home, helping you find the perfect match! Make an appointment today and get your free consultation and quote. 

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