Location of a window should be considered when choosing right treatment

Jun 9 2011

The location of a window will influence what type of shades or other covering to use.
The location of a window will influence what type of shades or other covering to use.
Location, location, location may be the mantra of realtors, but it also should influence what type of window treatments that homeowners choose in their room designs.

That's because the location of a window may determine how much light will enter a room, whether more privacy is needed or if street noise and allergens must be blocked.

For instance, windows with a northern or eastern exposure generate less light, but south- and west-facing windows will allow in the most light. In the southern hemisphere, the opposite is true.

For windows facing a street, homeowners may consider using a heavy fabric for custom drapery or noise reduction shades, particularly in bedrooms where noise may disturb a night's sleep, according to IdeasForHomeDecorating.com.

Likewise, those who live in a dusty or high pollution areas should stay away from light color fabrics for their windows because they will show dirt more easily, the website warns.

Privacy issues are another concern that can be solved with the correct selection of window treatments, which can provide privacy when it's needed and allow an outside view at other times.
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