Window treatments can put the perfect finishing touch on a room, but first you need to know how to right window treatment.  There are several factors that come into play, including your budget, the windows you are working with, their size and location, and the room’s décor.

First, consider the type of window you’re working with.  Is it a simple sash window, or does it have an intricate mullion design?  Is it a bay, box, or bow window?  The treatment you choose should complement the aesthetics of the window, and also needs to function properly with the window’s design.  A treatment for a French door, for instance, needs to take into account the door knob, and the fact that the door will likely open and close periodically.

Where is the window located?  There are a few things to consider when evaluating a window’s location when choosing a window treatment.  A treatment on the street facing side of the house likely needs to provide a comfortable level of privacy, and should look as good from the outside as it does from the inside.  East and west facing windows should provide ample light protection – allowing in the right amount of light and solar heat. Treatments in a child’s room should be durable and safe for the child to use.

How the room is used is another important consideration – windows in a study may need to block light to reduce glare, while those in a kitchen overlooking the backyard might need to be easy to clean and provide a clear view to children playing. 

Of course, the room’s décor will play a crucial role in helping decide the best fit for your tastes.  There are no hard and fast rules – no one says you can’t hang quaint country curtains in a room sporting an ultramodern couch, if the effect works for you.  Consider the mood you are trying to set – graceful, flowing curtains may be a good choice where a relaxing, intimate atmosphere is desired, while heavy drapes might give that front parlor the perfect air of formality.

Feel free to combine fabrics, materials, textures and colors.  Delicate gauze curtains over oaken plantation shutters can create a striking contrast, and brightly colored drapes in an otherwise neutral room can help draw the eye to a beautiful view.  Heavier curtains tend to complement larger windows, while soft fabrics might be a better fit for smaller openings.

There is no right and wrong, and choosing window treatments is often the final – and most fun – step of decorating a room.  In the end, what matters most is that your window treatments offer the right functionality for your needs, complement your décor in the way that you wish, and give you the desired amount of privacy, light and security.  Most of all, have fun and remember – unlike paint colors and trim choices, curtains are an easy element to change up as often as you like.