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The term "window treatment" encompasses a variety of features added to or around windows. Their purpose is mainly decorative, but some window treatments also provide insulation and energy efficiency. Window treatments fall broadly into three categories: treatments that cover the window (e.g., blinds) treatments that help frame the window (e.g., moldings) treatments applied directly to the window glass (e.g., stained glass)
"What are the main styles of window treatments?"
The main styles of window treatments are: hard window treatments: blinds, shades and shutters, soft window treatments: curtains and drapes, glass treatments: stained, frosted, and smart glass, surrounding treatments: molding, pelmets and valances.
"How do I choose the best window treatments?"
Factors to consider when choosing window treatments include: the type of window, your home’s design and style, functionality of the room, your natural light and privacy requirements, available space for window features, and, your budget.
Learn more about window treatments at BHG's Window Treatment Ideas page , or contact a local professional for advice based on your specific situation and preferences, using the form on this page.
"Who installs window treatments?"
The installation process varies based on the type of treatment.
Simple window treatments, like some kinds of blinds and curtains, can be installed by the homeowners as a DIY project, or by a local handyman with knowledge of window treatments . Custom blinds are typically installed by the manufacturer or specialized window treatments company. Stained glass is usually installed by a stained glass expert.
When shopping for window treatments, speak with the salesperson about the process and cost of installation.
"What window treatments are best for casement windows?"
Casement windows swing out from one side, and are typically operated with a small crank, lever, or both. To allow full and easy access to a casement window's operating hardware – and also to hide the hardware from view (for aesthetic purposes) – many homeowners opt for casement treatments that sit outside of the window frame. Those include: curtains and drapes, blinds that mount outside the frame, shades that mount outside the frame.
Pelmets and valances are also suitable for casement windows in many cases.
If you shop at local stores for casement window treatments, make sure you convey to the salesperson that you have casement windows.