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Window Treatment Ideas For Your New Windows

Every 15 to 20 years, it’s a good idea to change your windows, both for performance and the esthetics of your home. Home renovations can be a stressful time in your life, but it can also be a time when your imagination runs wild with design ideas and plans for the future. When you replace your windows, you can change the grille pattern, the frame material or even the size or type of window you have installed. It’s a chance to upgrade those vinyl frames to wood or wood-clad frames or change the whole character of your home.  You can also start imagine the window treatments, which, while they mostly impact the interior of your home, still create an impression from the outside.

#1 Minimalism – No Treatments at All: For some, heavy fabric curtains or “dentist office” blinds create an unwelcoming approach to a home, especially if they’re not immaculately maintained. They can also create a feeling of being cooped up and stifled from the inside; that’s a shame whether you have a lot of light available or not enough. Bare windows create a bright and welcoming interior and they are definitely worth considering on windows that look out into the backyard, where you have more privacy.

Historically, window treatments did not just provide privacy, they also helped with climate control, keeping out drafts and separating the cold air from the warm in the winter, and also keeping rooms from overheating due to direct sunlight in the summer. If you have hardwood floors or real wood furniture, curtains can also help protect them from fading. Don’t shy away from the open, minimal look just because you have wood; at Golden Windows, we make energy efficient windows that use low emissivity (Low-E) coatings that deflect heat energy (infrared) as well some amounts of UV rays that damage wood furniture, without preventing sunlight from entering your home. Low-E coatings and argon gas fills takes care of climate control for you, helping you reduce energy consumption and allowing you to consider installing more or bigger windows. Just visit a Golden Windows showroom in Kitchener, Kanata, or London, Ontario to find out more.

#2 Bamboo: Woven bamboo is a hugely popular treatment right now and available in a variety of different shades; they can even be combined with thinner, translucent fabric treatments.

#3 Neutral Colours for High End Fabrics: According to House Beautiful, it’s generally a good idea to go with more neutral colours and patterns when you use high end fabrics for your window treatments. It’s okay to go for quirkier treatments, but these go in and out of fashion, and you’re more likely to want to change them after a season or two.

#4 Louvered Shutters: Many want window treatments for privacy or to keep out sunset glare from west or south-facing windows, but don’t want heavy fabrics that have to be laundered and make a room feel stuffy, especially on summer days. Louvered shutters are a great alternative to patterned and coloured fabric that may clash with the room; they work very well in white for a clean, meditative look, and can be used for sliding doors as well.

Whatever window treatments you’re dreaming of, if you get windows from Golden Windows, you don’t have to worry about whether or not they’ll be warm enough or protect wood floors. Our windows will take care of that for you.

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