Interior Design

Choosing the Right Window Treatments for Your Home

Window treatments are used in homes to enhance the aesthetics of the window and to also add privacy when needed. Choosing the right window treatment is very important as it plays a big part in setting the overall feel for a room. But like so many other decisions, it can be challenging to try and figure out which treatment works best with your style.

Window treatments can include curtains, blinds, and shades, and there are enough options in each of these categories to make your head spin! Because of the endless possibilities, it makes this even more of a challenge to narrow down the perfect fit for your room. Hopefully, by reading this article, you will be able to determine which one works best for your home and windows.

Curtains & Drapes

Some people love curtains while others would rather not have any. I can understand the argument that they can collect dust and are a little harder to close when you need privacy.

They can also be more difficult to install compared to other options when you have to determine things like how high to hang them and how long should they be.

But personally, I love curtains in the right room or area. They are a great way to add a touch of elegance to a room or soften things up a bit. Also, if you are trying to create a cozy or homey feel in a room, curtains are the way to go! But, a good question that many may wonder about is where to use curtains and where not to.

Here are some things to consider before deciding whether to use curtains or not to use curtains in a certain area. First of all, you need to decide if the room needs this element to make the room feel cozy. Bedrooms and living rooms are areas that tend to need a touch of softness to make them feel cozy. A home office is also another room where curtains look natural.

Curtains are a great way to add beauty to a room and also create privacy without completely blocking out all of the natural light. They give you the option of keeping open during the day and closing them for more privacy in the evening and night. We normally keep our curtains open a majority of the day and night, but we don’t have any close neighbors, so that makes a huge difference.


Although we tend to stick to mostly curtains or shades, blinds are a great option. I can see using blinds in cases where you don’t extremely love your windows considering blinds will hide most of the window, especially when shut.

We love natural light and blinds do not allow lots of this to enter. I feel like blinds are more for function and maybe not as much for looks, but if you live in extremely close proximity to your neighbors, the ease with which you can quickly close them might way out their lack of style.


Shades are yet another option for window treatments. We have used shades in many rooms of our home for a couple of different reasons. Shades offer privacy when needed, but when not pulled will allow full natural light to enter. Shades not only offer privacy when needed but add a great design feature as well.

We normally gravitate toward wood shades. We like the warmth and texture that they add to a room, especially if the room has white walls and moldings. Shades are great for windows in bathrooms, kitchens, and even bedrooms. They are a more casual option compared to curtains, but they are still stylish.

This one in our guest bathroom is an example of a wood shade. You can see how it makes sense here. It is easy to shut for privacy and paired with the black window adds a pop of visual interest in this all white room.

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  • Reply Allison Williamson

    Great tips! Can you provide a source for your curtains in your dining room? Custom curtains can be so costly and you are very good about providing options for every budget. Thanks so much!

    October 18, 2020 at 2:44 pm
    • Reply Brooke

      Hello Allison!
      It is the Quinn Basketweave Grommet-Top Curtain Panel by JC Penny.

      October 21, 2020 at 8:24 pm
      • Reply Fiona

        Just wondering if there’s a version that doesn’t have grommets, since yours seem to be hung by rings? But there isn’t a non-grommet Quinn on the JC Penney site that I can see, so wondering if I’m missing something. Thanks!

        December 2, 2020 at 11:18 pm
  • Reply Jan McCracken

    Nice post! Can you share your source/link for your wooden shades? I love them!

    October 21, 2020 at 7:56 pm
  • Reply Sherri

    Beautiful! Can you share the source of the wooden or woven window shade?

    November 3, 2020 at 3:34 pm
    • Reply Henry

      Thanks! We ordered it from Home Depot.

      November 11, 2020 at 12:16 am
      • Reply Emily

        Can you please share brand and color for these?

        February 2, 2021 at 3:43 pm
  • Reply Mary

    Hi! Great post! We are just building our home and have opted for black windows, with your designs being inspirational. We have large sliding, black doors in our kitchen. What would you recommend for window treatments there? Should we just leave them without coverings?

    January 2, 2021 at 3:38 pm
    • Reply Henry

      That sounds like it’s going to look great! I would probably not do any since it’s a door. You might find that they get in the way.

      January 2, 2021 at 3:42 pm
      • Reply Mary

        Thank you so much for your quick reply and help!

        January 2, 2021 at 3:44 pm
  • Reply Lorraine M Bryant

    I LOVE these shade you used and have searched the home depot website to figure out which ones they are and at a loss. Would love to know the brand and color if you don’t mind. Love all that you share!

    March 4, 2021 at 2:56 pm
    • Reply Lorraine M Bryant

      Would the wooden shades you used happen to be the Home Decorators Cut-to-Size Natural Cordless Light-Filtering UV Protection Bamboo Shades that can be cut to 35 in. W x 48 in. L? Just want to make sure I am ordering the correct ones. We have pure white walls and a black and white theme home too with the same Sea Smoke wood floors!

      March 4, 2021 at 3:19 pm

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