Windows are an essential part of any home as they add to the overall aesthetic of the interior and exterior. Window treatments are decorative coverings that can enhance the apperance of windows and serve functional purposes such as energy saving, ventilation and maintaining privacy. If you are looking to install a new window treatment, here are some popular window coverings.

  • Drapes

Drapes are made with thick fabrics, making them suitable for limiting the amount of natural light entering a space. Drapes are hung on rods placed horizontally over the window to ensure that they can be easily opened and closed. Drapes usually come in pairs with each fabric at either end of the rod, and they extend from the top of the window to the bottom. If you are looking for a window treatment with a touch of formality, consider choosing drapes.

  • Curtains

Curtains are similar to drapes however, they use different materials. Curtains are made from lighter fabrics which makes them suitable for letting in more natural light.  In addition, they often come in various colours and patterns making them extremely versatile. Ultimately, curtains can be used in any area of your home from the kitchen to the living room.

  • Shades

Window shades come in a range of styles and materials including those made of fabrics, wood and plastics. The wide variety of shades is what makes them perfect in any part of your home. Shades are designed to be the same width as your window, and are attached to a manual or motorized mechanism that controls their opening and closing. Sheers shades, Roman shades, and balloon shades are some of the popular types of shades.

  • Blinds

If you are looking for a kind of window treatment that adds a layer of privacy to your rooms, you may want to consider blinds. As the name suggests, blinds are more efficient than drapes in completely blocking out light entering a room because they are made with more concrete materials like wood or metal. They also come with a mechanism that controls the amount of light shing through your window.

  • Valances

Valances are primarily used for their aesthetic purposes. On their own, they cannot completely serve as a full window covering, which is why they are often paired with blinds or curtains. Valances are usually at the top of the window and are smaller in size. They add a regal and stylish look to any window, making them an ideal option for traditional homes.


There are many window treatments to choose from when buying new window coverings. Consider the materials, benefits and purpose of each type of window treatment when picking one that suits your style and needs. If you are not sure about the type of window treatment that would work for you, consider consulting interior design experts within your area.