Window treatments can be functional, fashionable

Published On: Feb 06 2013 01:36:56 PM EST   Updated On: Feb 21 2013 11:23:04 AM EST

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.

Hard Window Treatments

On a functional level, shutters, shades and blinds provide privacy, sun and wind control.

Soft Window Treatments

Soft window treatments can be exquisitely beautiful and yet they should also be functional.

Even the most basic window treatments can cause quite a dent in the budget due simply to the fact that most rooms have multiple windows. So, whether one is going all out or working with a more modest plan, it's always best to take into consideration the functional aspects as well as the decorative aspects of any kind of window treatment. A quality window treatment can even be considered an investment in "green" living if they reduce the energy (and costs) used to heat and cool year round.