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There are many reasons to compliment your room with a quality set of window treatments. When properly selected and installed, they can improve its style, lower your energy costs and enhance privacy. However, it’s important to do a little planning after carefully considering the room in question.

Your home’s flooring sets the foundation for its style, and your room’s window treatments add a bold compliment. Matching them properly can be both a fun and involved process. And, it’s about more than just style: how much natural light vs. privacy should your window treatments allow? Here, we’ll take a quick look at properly matching these two important components of your home’s style.

Similar Tones For High Contrast

The colors of flooring and window treatments don’t necessarily have to match, but you can use similar tones for contrast. For example, if your floors have a nice dark hardwood look, you can choose dark brown or black window treatments in a room with white or brightly-colored walls.

By creating this contrast, you can boldly highlight the remaining elements of your room’s decor. You can also add subtle shifts in color as long as they match other elements (such as a painting of the outdoors in the same room as a few plants).

Matching Colors

You can also achieve a uniform style by using the same or similar colors. Smaller decor elements can offer a bolder statement to your room’s style. Just be sure to define elements of your room (such as the sitting area) with a contrasting color, such as laying a dark rug in a You can still add a unique touch by using patterned flooring or including patterns along your walls.

Proper Window Treatment Sizing

The size of your window treatments is important for both style and practicality. It takes a little precision, as they shouldn’t be too bold or subtle – and, of course, they need to cover the entire window pane. A good rule of thumb is to measure the length of your windows, then choose a treatment option that’s at least twice that width. As for length, they should be short enough to skim the wall or window sill. If they are much longer, your style will be impacted, and if they’re shorter, they won’t be able to block light (or protect your privacy) as well.

As for thickness, this is really an issue of your desired privacy. Thicker fabrics offer more privacy and block more light. Thin fabrics allow more natural light when needed, but offer less insulation and privacy. A common setup is to have thicker fabrics on the outside with thin window treatments underneath, offering the freedom to choose between privacy and natural light as desired.

Learn More

There are many styles, fabrics and treatment lines to choose from. For expert advice, visit Chelan’s leading flooring and window treatment experts at Lake Interiors today!