by Karen Bates
(last updated November 24, 2014)
If you've ever had to decorate the interior of a home before, you probably know how important the window treatments are. These window decorations are more than just part of the decor, however. They also serve the function of letting light in, keeping light out, and controlling the amount of privacy in a room. Window treatments include blinds, drapes, and valances in various fabrics or materials.
Choosing the proper window treatments for a particular room can take some thought. After all, the look of your windows should be in harmony with the room's overall theme. The colors and patterns you use for your window coverings should work well with the furnishings, paint colors, and carpet in the room. Use the style of the area to determine which window treatments might work the best.
While deciding on what kind of window treatments you want, you will come across many types of possible coverings. One popular and classy way to cover your windows is to choose panel window treatments. As the name suggests, these window treatments use vertical panels to cover your windows and allow you to control the lighting, just like regular horizontal blinds. These panels can vary in size, and might be made of vinyl, wood, bamboo, fabric, or other materials.
These panel treatments can be found in many patterns and colors to suit your decorating needs. Because you can find larger panels, this treatment works especially well for large windows or even as sun protection on outdoor decks or in sunrooms. These panels move on a track system, and can be used to cover windows as well as for room dividers or as a door.
The tracks for these blinds are fairly easy to install, and cleaning the blinds takes minimal effort. Depending on the material used, you will mostly just need to regularly dust and wipe the blinds off with a damp cloth. If your blinds are made with a washable fabric, you can even wash them once in a while after dirt and dust build up. The vertical blinds are less likely to become damaged and are safer, too, since panels can be easily removed and replaced as needed and don't easily allow pets or children to get stuck or tangled in them.
Panel window treatments are a versatile and beautiful way to cover your windows in any area. Any room will look more put-together with this simple window setup.
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