Window coverings are a key element in creating inspiring interiors for your home. Window coverings also span a huge variety of styles and types?ranging from highly ornate and decorative, to minimalist and strictly functional. Choosing the right window coverings for your home can become a straightforward and enjoyable process, once you have a bit of basic knowledge and support from a window coverings professional. When you work with us here at Peninsula, we walk you through a four-step process to ensure you choose the best window coverings for your home.
Step 1: Technical Needs
This first step in selecting your window coverings is to assess the technical needs of the window itself. We consider window size, casement depth, whether the mounting is on the inside or outside of the window casements, the style of window (ex: French doors, sliding patio doors, crank windows), among other factors. The technical specifications of your windows help establish the types of window coverings that will work best for your home.
Step 2: Functional Needs
The second step in selecting your window coverings is to assess the functional needs for your window treatments. What do you need the window covering to do for you? Some functional needs include: add privacy, control glare, provide blackout shading, control temperature, add aesthetic interest, and block UV rays or excess sunlight. It is typical that a single window covering addresses multiple functional needs, and these needs often vary from room to room within a house.
Step 3: Integrating with Room Aesthetics
The third step in selecting your window coverings is to tie the window treatments into the larger aesthetics of the room. At times, our clients need us to minimize the aesthetic impact of the window covering (or hide the treatment altogether) while other rooms benefit from a window covering that is a highly decorative focal point in the room. As window covering specialists and interior designers, we guide our clients to ensure their window coverings suit the room?s architecture and interior design, so your window coverings look great in your space.
Step 4: Project Planning and Budget
Once we understand the technical, functional, and aesthetic needs of the project, we can select the appropriate products to fit the project and create a budget for the project. There is a huge range of pricing for window coverings, and the correct choice is rarely made by price alone. Making the right choices for your home comes from working with a window covering professional to match your needs to the right products at the right price.
So how do you start a window covering project? You?ll need some basic information about your project. Take some rough estimates of the size of your windows (dimensions within a few inches is fine) and note some general ideas of styles you are interested in (it?s okay is you don?t know!). Steer clear of mail order, shop-by-phone, or internet buying options? the best place to find quality window coverings is in a design studio. You can meet a design professional that can begin to partner with you for your project. A well-appointed showroom like ours here at Peninsula will have up-to-date, full-scale displays, which are helpful tools that assist you in choosing the perfect window treatments for your home.