What are the Best Window Treatments for City Living?
Here are some key things to keep in mind when thinking about window treatments for city living.
When buying new window treatments, there are several factors to consider, such as aesthetic appeal, light control, and energy efficiency. And, depending on where you live (like, say the city), privacy could be another major determining factor when shopping for blinds, shades, or shutters. Here are some key things to keep in mind when thinking about window treatments for city living.
Your new window treatments should look good! Aesthetics is typically the No. 1 factor on most people’s lists. After all, you want your new window treatments to look good. But, while important, looks should not be the only factor you consider. “Windows are a great focal point in a room and blinds and shades should be both decorative and functional,” says Carolyn Forté, Home Appliances & Textiles Director in the Good Housekeeping Research Institute. “Thankfully, we’ve come a long way from the days of hiding them behind basic mini blinds. Now you can dress up a room in hundreds of ways without making a major investment.”
So, what style are you looking for? Blinds, shades, and shutters each provide their own unique benefits.
Your new window treatments should provide superior light control. Having adequate light control is important, and different rooms require different levels of light. Take the bedroom for example. Even the tiniest amount of light – a street lamp, or a neighboring home, apartment building, or business – can disrupt your normal sleep patterns. According to Jennifer Barrett, author of “Sleep Oasis,” you need “to sleep in near total darkness for optimum health.” Another room that requires total or near-total darkness is your media room. Even a little bit of glare can ruin your viewing experience.
The right window treatments can make all the difference.
Your new window treatments should cut energy costs. Energy efficient window treatments can have a much bigger impact on your home than you probably realize. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) estimates that windows account for 25-40 percent of your annual heating and cooling costs. During those particularly hot summers (like this one, for example), over half the heat in the average home comes in through the windows. This can cause the temperature to rise 15 to 20 degrees, forcing your air conditioner to work double-time to keep up with your demands. So it should come as no surprise that insulating window treatments can help keep your home nice and comfortable, while also reducing energy costs.
Your new window treatments should protect your privacy. When living in a densely-populated area, such as a city or crowded suburb, privacy can sometimes be hard to find. Because space is limited and homes are being built closer and closer together, it is often easy and, at times, unavoidable to catch a glimpse at the inside of your neighbor’s home. Fortunately, the right window treatments can make all the difference.
So, taking all of this into consideration, what are the best window treatments for city living?
Our Top Recommendations:
Roller Shades: These window treatments protect your privacy, reduce glare, and block UV rays, all while still allowing you to gaze out your window and take in the beauty of the great outdoors. The secret is the openness.
“The material is usually a vinyl mesh which is available in varying degrees of ‘opven-ness,’” explains interior designer Mike Strutt. “The more open they are, the more light they let in, and the more you can see through (both in and out).” For example, our 5% Roller Shades block 95% of visible light, providing the light you want and the view you love.
Honeycomb Shades: Another great option for city living is Honeycomb Shades. Premium quality honeycomb shades from Next Day Blinds illuminate your home with filtered sunlight, while providing privacy and exceptional energy efficiency. Best of all, these shades are available with a duo fold option. This allows more privacy by giving users a choice of opening window shades from the bottom up (the traditional method), or from the top down (permitting light to enter without giving up any privacy).