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How to Choose the Right Window Treatments for Your Home

Window TreatmentsPurchasing new window treatments is the perfect opportunity to provide your décor with a finishing touch, tying your favorite over-stuffed chair together with the eye-catching rug you found online. But if you’re like most homeowners, you probably feel a little overwhelmed and unsure of where to begin. After all, you have so many options when it comes to window coverings—how can you possibly decide which blinds, curtains, or shades will work best in your home?

We’ve all faced the daunting task of choosing new window treatments. But at Galaxy Draperies, we believe that this experience should be exciting, not stressful. That’s why we’ve pooled our knowledge—gained from decades of experience—to create this handy guide. Want to know how to choose the perfect window coverings for your home? Read on:

Choose Window Treatments That Suit Your Style

Window coverings may not be the first thing you think of when it comes to home décor, but they do play an important role in setting the tone of a room. That’s because window treatments offer a sense of completeness to a living area and can help a room present a unified appearance.

So, one of the first things to think about when purchasing your window coverings is how they’ll fit with your décor. Some window treatments, like blinds or cellular shades, have incredible versatility—they’ll work just as well in a trendy loft as they would in a traditional boudoir. Others lend themselves more naturally to specific styles of décor, which is why you see more heavy drapes and ornate valances in homes embodying Hollywood Glamor.

Control the Light

Of course, the primary purpose of window treatments is to keep you comfortable indoors. This means you need your window coverings to control the light, allowing you to enjoy a flood of warm sunshine during the day as well as sleep late in pitch darkness on the weekends. When choosing window treatments, think about the level of coverage you need:

  • Sheer – Made from sheer or semi-sheer fabric, these shades don’t block the light so much as they diffuse it. Harsh golden sunshine becomes a soft, natural glow that fills your living area without overwhelming it. Sheer shades may not offer much in the way of privacy, but they do give homeowners the best of both worlds when installed alongside more robust window coverings.
  • Blackout – At the opposite end of the spectrum, you have blackout window treatments. Carefully designed to eliminate all light leakage, blackout window coverings are great for bedrooms and home movie theaters. They’re also quite adaptable in regard to style—you can find blackout drapes, roller shades, pleated shades, cellular shades, and Roman shades.
  • Mixed – The vast majority window treatments allow you to enjoy a mixture of light and darkness. You can draw shades back from a window or allow them to cover it. Twist the vanes or slats on your blinds to direct varying levels of natural light or open them entirely. The choice is up to you.

Consider the functionality of your room when choosing window coverings for their light control capabilities. You might also think about whether you’re installing these window treatments on east- or west-facing windows, which get full sun exposure and might benefit from more robust protection.

Enjoy Your Privacy

In TV sitcoms, everyone laughs when the nosy neighbor character pops up behind the window. In reality, though, no one likes a peeping Tom. That’s why you want window coverings capable of offering you privacy. This is especially true in places like bedrooms or bathrooms—or in rooms with windows that look directly into your neighbor’s house.

Just because you crave privacy, however, doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice the light. In fact, some cellular or pleated shades allow you to pull the window treatment down from the top of your window frame. This allows you to enjoy natural light while still keeping prying eyes from seeing what happens in your home.

If you’re still having trouble choosing the right window treatments, why not let the professionals at Galaxy Draperies help? Contact us today to schedule your consultation and learn more about the window coverings we install for homeowners in Los Angeles.

What People Say About Us
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Leslee A
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"From scheduling our appointment to meeting with our designer, Bernadette, and the installer, Alfredo, we were met with professionalism and comforted in knowing we were dealing with people who knew what they were doing. Arrival times were well within the two-hour window. Bernadette shared her knowledge and expertise to help us choose the window treatments that best fit our needs and budget. We are so pleased with the final result and look forward to covering the rest of the window in our home."

Mike M
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"My wife and I recently moved and were in the market for new shades for our bathroom , living room and kitchen . We didn't really have a set vision so it was unbelievable when our designer Karen went through all the possibilities and showed us what would work well with the setup . Karen was not only very professional , she was personable and super knowledgeable about the products. I wish I could have her design the rest of our house ! Great product , great designer, great experience!"

Victoria S
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"I would like to say that Galaxy Draperies was the best choice we've made. We recently purchased a new home and wanted to thank Bernadette for the amazing service she provided. I was referred to her by my sister, which also happened to purchase through you guys. Not only did Bernadette make me feel comfortable but it felt like I was working with family."

Kathy S
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"Ordered Roman Shades for five windows. Designer who came to our home was nice and professional, Roman Shades arrived on time, the installation was handled by their installer who called and asked if he could come by earlier than our appointment, which was great. He was friendly, professional and did a great job! Highly recommend this company."

Amy R
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"I had a great experience with Galaxy. The designer presented me with several options and was very helpful in designing my window treatments. The installers were very professional, courteous, and careful! I will definitely use them in the future!"

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