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Got Trendy Treatments?

Got Trendy Treatments? By Laura Horwitz
HIPhome Columnist
December 31, 1969

Not every window needs to be covered, but for those that do you should know that certain window treatments look better with certain types of windows. Here’s how they match up.
  • Corner Windows: Mount a track either on the ceiling, where it will be practically invisible, or select a decorative track just above the window frame. If you really want blinds, choose vertical blinds because horizontal blinds will snag in the corner.
  • Casement or Dormer Windows: Because these windows open either inward or outward, they present a bit of a design challenge. If the window opens into the room, vertical blinds work well or you can mount an outside track. If it opens outward, you have a greater selection of possible treatments.
  • Arched or Sloped Windows: A beautiful decoration in themselves, many people choose not to have a window treatment cover them. But, if you need a treatment, wood shutters look great and can even be designed to cover the arch.
  • Skylights: Yes, you can have a window treatment on a skylight with a curtain fixed onto a decorative pole or the frame itself, or with roller or vertical blinds. Don’t worry if you have a high ceiling. These treatments have their opening/closing mechanisms mounted at a height you can reach.

Current Trends in Window Treatments

In addition to matching the perfect window treatment to the window’s style, you should also know the latest popular trends.
  • Organic materials: Wood, bamboo, and natural woven shades
  • High-tech: Window treatments that open with a remote control or light switch
  • Going green: Using honeycomb shades that keep out the wind and cold, or selecting fabrics with anti-microbial, anti-fungal traits
Keeping your home modern and stylish can help add perceived value during resale, not to mention making it more enjoyable for you!


HGTV: Window Treatments Don’t Have to Be a Pane
HGTV: 10 Trends Coming to a Window Near You

About the Author
Laura Horwitz has worked as a freelance writer and researcher for five years in both London and the US. She had a monthly landscaping and tips column for the Sussex County magazine RH Review, and her articles have also appeared in Film Focus, 6 Degrees Film, and BizBash magazine.

*Before you apply any of the advice described on the Hip-home.com website, you should consider if the advice is safe and suitable for your individual home situation and consult experts as necessary to evaluate the suitability for your circumstances.
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