By Linda Merrill, Networx

The term "window treatment" is often used interchangeably with "curtains" or "drapes." However, window treatments are not only soft fabric coverings for windows, but they are also hard fixtures such as shutters, blinds and shades. As lovely as they can be, the best window treatments should serve a functional purpose as well. Window treatments provide protection from the heat and glare of the sun, cold drafts and the prying eyes of neighbors.