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Tips for Buying Window Coverings
It can be challenging to select window coverings for your home; there are so many possibilities. Options include window shades, shutters, blinds, curtains, and valances. Keep in mind that window coverings can be combined; you can install blinds and hang curtains in the same window. Here are some tips for buying window coverings for your home.
Curtains and Valances: When shopping for curtains, it is helpful to request swatches to facilitate color matching. If the retailer does not provide swatches, be sure to clarify their return policy in case the color does not meet your expectations.
Pay attention to care instructions. Some curtains can be washed at home; others require dry cleaning.
Since curtains receive exposure to direct sunlight, it is important to choose curtains made of light-fast fabric. You don’t want your curtains to fade.
Window Shades: Window shades are available in a variety of fabrications and colors. Popular materials include bamboo and fabric. Roman shades add texture and dimension to any room. Some window shades are translucent; light from outside is partially blocked, but some light still filters through. “Blackout” shades block sunlight.
Shutters: are available in a variety of materials, including wood and synthetics. Shutters can be installed either on the exterior or interior of a home. Shutters require a significant upfront investment, but they also add lasting value to a home. It is important to choose shutters that coordinate with your existing architecture and décor.
Blinds: come in a variety of configurations; you can buy vertical horizontal blinds, honeycomb blinds, cellular blinds, and mini blinds.
These are only a few tips for buying window coverings. More extensive help is available from the retailers listed in our directory. Any of these retailers will be happy to provide additional advice and assistance with your purchase.