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6 Tips and Tricks for Choosing the Perfect Window Treatments


Forget paint color — window treatments should be number one on your list of things to consider when designing a room! But with so many styles, colors, and textures to choose from, finding the window treatments that work for your needs and space is often easier said than done.

But lucky for you, that’s why we’re here! We pledge to help everyone find the perfect window covering solution, customized to your preferences and your budget.

If you’re starting your window treatment search, consider these few things before signing on the dotted line.

1. Think Minimalistically

We enjoy an elaborately draped satin curtain as much as the next person, but minimalism tends to suit more homes and styles. But don’t confuse minimalistic for boring — layering fabrics, incorporating patterns and texture into the design, and adding side panels are great ways to subtly turn up the drama.

2. Don’t Be Afraid of Texture

People tend to shy away from texture, and we honestly don’t know why! Wood, vinyl, and PolyCORE shutters give off an elegant look, are easy to clean, and are practically indestructible — talk about a win, win, win!

3. Think Practically

We love that window treatments have the power to transform the look of a room, but it’s important to remember that they also serve a very important function in your home. If your living room or kitchen is south-facing, consider fabrics that will block light and heat.

4. Mix and Match Bold Lines with Fun Curves

Kitchens, especially, tend to be flooded with straight lines. When that’s the case, it’s great to break up architectural lines with patterned and textured products.

5. Understand the Importance of Length (or Lack Thereof)

Typically, designers will hang curtains about 6-inches higher than the window frame. If you’re looking to create even more drama or make your room appear larger than it is, you can add a few inches to that number.

  • Traditional: If you’re going for a traditional look, add a few extra inches to the bottom of your drapes. This will allow them to “puddle” on the floor.
  • Modern: If you want a more contemporary look, you’re going to have to break out the tape measure. For a more crisp look, have your fabric hemmed so that it lays just above the floor (called ‘trouser style).

6. Remember: They’ll Have to Be Cleaned from Time to Time

While you certainly won’t be cleaning your curtains every day, it’s important to remember that they will need freshening up every once in a while. If you chose a hard material, like wood or PolyCORE, you’re in luck! Cleaning harder materials like these can be done with the swift swipe of a microfiber cloth.

If your tastes lie more on the fabric side, this is when it’s important to consider whether you want to have your curtains dry cleaned every time they need to be washed or if you’d rather throw them in your machine at home.

While both options have their pros and cons, it’s important to remember that if your fabrics say “dry clean only,” they are dry clean only! You can easily ruin dry clean only fabrics by throwing them in a washing machine. But, you can spread out the dry cleanings with a vacuum and attachment!

Finding the Window Treatment for You

Now that you know a bit more about window treatments in general, it’s time to take a look at which type will best suit your home and needs.

Wood Blinds

Oak, ash, cherry, Brazilian cherry, basswood — the number of wood blinds we offer is far from limited!

Why They’re Right For You

  • They’re available in a wide variety of stains and paint grades.
  • They compliment many decorative styles and homes.
  • They’re easy to operate. They’re easy to clean and maintain.

Faux Wood Blinds

Want the beauty of wood blinds with the durability of vinyl? Look no further than faux wood blinds!

Why They’re Right For You

  • Faux wood blinds typically look just like the real thing, but at nearly half the cost.
  • They’re incredibly low maintenance.
  • They’re ideal for places like kitchens and bathrooms where high amounts of moisture can warp real wood.

Drapes and Curtains

Want to bring a warm, soft element to your room? With a seemingly endless number of customization options, including styles, colors, and patterns, drapes and curtains will forever be timeless.

Why They’re Right For You

  • They’re easy to change seasonally.
  • Drapes are available on nearly every budget.
  • They come in a variety of textures, materials, and colors.


Want the fluidity of curtains but with more light control? Shades just may be the perfect choice for you!

Why They’re Right For You

  • They’re not just for rectangular windows. Shades can fit unique openings, like French doors, arches, and circular windows.
  • They can be motorized — a feature that allows them to be safer and easier to use.
  • Screen shades are ideal for warmer rooms that receive a lot of sunlight.

Tips and Tricks — Honorable Mentions

We’re not done yet! Below are just a few more things to take into consideration before swiping your credit card.

  • Typically, if you have patterned furniture or a loud bedding, you should opt for solid treatments (and vice versa).
  • Ensure your curtains don’t look too wide or narrow by making them 2 to 2 ½ times the width of the window.
  • A good rule of thumb is to extend the rod three to six inches beyond the frame of each side of a window.
  • If you’re going with curtains, ask for tie backs! Not only do they allow you to elegantly draw your curtains back and create a new shape, but they also help bring in light and warmth.

Ready to get started? Schedule a FREE design consultation with the experts at Gotcha Covered, today!

Photo of female employeeAbout the Author: Brooke Carr, Gotcha Covered

Brooke joined the Gotcha Covered family in 2018 as the Social Media Coordinator. She works closely with our corporate teams and our Gotcha Covered franchisees to develop insightful and helpful content for our brand.

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