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Windows let in natural sunlight, keep out nosy neighbours and create instant style in any room. Yet we often forget to pay as much attention to window treatments as we would to any other decorative or functional element. Use this handy guide to make a statement with the windows in every room of your home.

Kitchen: Probably the most popular room in your home, this ought to be a welcoming environment with durable materials that’ll stand up to frequent cleaning from spills and cooking messes, so look for these qualities in a window treatment as well. Create a space for cozy conversations and comfortable meals with a window seat. Get the look for less with a freestanding bench, or try your hand at an online DIY version.

Bedroom: Between sleeping and relaxing, this is the room where you spend the most time in — at home, or anywhere else. Ensure the window treatments meet your privacy and light control needs. If you work the nightshift or find it difficult to get a good night’s rest, opt for room darkening shades that’ll let you sleep in even when the sun’s up.

Living room: Window treatments for your living or family room are definitely not one size fits all — you’ll want to customize them to fit the form and function of the space. If your window doubles as a patio door, vertical shades are your best bet for easy access. Choose lighter colours and flatter fashions for smaller rooms, create depth with layers or build a window cornice for extra elegance. Hang window treatments from the ceiling instead of where the window begins to make the room look larger.

Bathroom: Don’t forget one of the spaces guests are sure to visit. Use it as an opportunity to incorporate one a hot trend — bathrooms that feel like living spaces. Pick a high-quality, durable window treatment that can withstand the steam from hot showers and offers both privacy and light control.

Kid’s room: Child safety should be a priority for window treatments everywhere, but in no room is it more important than their own. From cordless and motorized operating systems, retractable lift cords, cord tensioners and wand controls, there are a ton of options for child’s bedrooms. Invest in a quality window treatment in a neutral tone that’ll grow up with them, and incorporate kid-friendly details with accessories.

Source: newscanada