While window treatments are a cost effective way to update any room, they still are not cheap. Therefore, many people wonder if they are necessary or if the window can remain naked and bare. While there are some windows that can go without any blinds, shades, or shutters, most cannot. There are a variety of factors that go into determining whether a window should be covered, and what it should be covered with.
First and foremost, many windows look unfinished when there is nothing on them. Even if you add a simple vinyl shade, it could help make the room look complete. The exception to this rule is picture windows and windows that are placed mainly for decorative purposes. When in doubt, cover it up.
Another important factor when determining whether or not a window needs to be covered is the amount of privacy you desire. If you do not want the world to be able to see your every move, especially after dark with the lights on, then it is best to get some sort of covering for your windows. Bear in mind, the heavier the fabric, the more privacy you will have. Some shades are even noise resistant and will help limit what people hear as they walk past the windows of your home. Not only will they not be able to see, they will not be able to hear, either.
Fading and sun damage are other factors that contribute to the need for blinds, shades or shutters. Even adding a sheer blind or shade to a window will help block some harmful rays from damaging your home furnishings while still allowing you to see out and get some natural light to come in. After all, furniture and rugs are expensive to replace.
However, if you like to sleep late or have a baby that naps during the day, you may want to opt for blackout shades or blinds, especially in the bedrooms. Blackout shades and blinds can block up to 100% of light from entering a room with the simple addition of a piece of thick black fabric.
Depending upon the climate where you live, you may need additional insulation for your home. This can come in the form of window treatments. Many, including honeycomb shades, are designed to keep the heat in during the winter and out in the summer. Regardless of where you live, insulating shades can help you reduce your energy bill, and therefore, your carbon footprint.
Finally, blinds and shades and other window coverings, as well can help keep your home safe and secure. This is especially true if you invest in motorized blinds or shades because they can be controlled via smartphone. Motorized blinds and shades can also be programmed to go up and down depending upon the amount of sunlight or simply at random times during the day. Therefore, you can make it look like you are home when you are not. This will deter would-be burglars from targeting your home.