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Treat Your Windows Well

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By April Force Pardoe

November/December 2016

With so many types, styles and designs out there, selecting the right window treatments for your home can be an overwhelming process. Here is my three-step process:

1 Start with function. Always. I know this is not the exciting part of decorating, but before you can select gorgeous fabric or cool shutters, you must know what you want them to do.

    For example, will they:

  • Reduce heat from sunlightReduce glare from sun for TV viewing
  • Block light for sleeping
  • Provide privacy from neighbors
  • Allow some light in
  • Keep room warm in winter
  • Be easy to control (in the case of high windows)
  • Be child proof
  • Darken the room and filter light
  • Create privacy on the bottom of the window, but allow light in on the top
  • Frame an amazing view

her_decor22 Consider your style or the style of the room. Once you establish the functions, decide what style will work best in the room. If your living room is traditional, you probably won’t want sleek, minimal roller shades, but fabric roman shades would work well. Do you want the treatments to fade into the space or to make a statement?

3 Select color or fabrics to complement the room. This is the fun part. If you are using draperies you can choose the drapes or fabric for custom drapes. If you are using shutters you can select the wood or paint color. Draperies will also require hardware, which should also complement the style of treatment and room.  Once you have the first two steps down, you can have fun with the third. The possibilities are endless.


April Force Pardoe, AKBD, is an award-winning residential interior designer and owner of April Force Pardoe Interiors. She works with clients who desire stylish interiors but are overwhelmed by the process and too busy to take it on themselves. She presents solutions to her clients’ design challenges and makes sure all of the details are taken care of so they can spend time doing the things they love. Find out more at afpinteriors.com.

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