In the previous blog, I shared questions to consider before you choose new window treatments. In this post, you’ll find a list of pros and cons for various soft treatments to further help you not just view the outside world, but make your inside world just as wonderful.

Soft Treatment Option 1 - Curtains:
Gathered fabric hung from a rod, often made of soft, lightweight material

Pros & Cons:

  • Affordable
  • Many color, pattern and style options
  • Easy to install
     
  • Offers little light or temperature control
  • Offers little privacy

Soft Treatment Option 2 - Drapes:
Pleated fabric, usually heavy, hung from a rod and often meant to be drawn open and closed

Pros & Cons:

  • Can offer strong light and temperature control (especially when lined)
  • Can make a window appear larger 
  • Good privacy
  • Can be a great way to bring color or pattern into your room and up onto your walls
  • Can be expensive, especially when made with heavier fabric and lined
  • Can be tricky to self-install, especially if you’re layering sheers underneath

Soft Treatment Option 3 - Scarves:
Long fabric that is draped over a rod at the top of the window and allowed to cascade down the sides of the window

Pros & Cons:

  • Works well with windows that have a great view—doesn’t cover or block the window, only softens and accentuates it
  • Affordable
  • Easy to make and install yourself
  • Works great with hard window treatments such as blinds or shades to add color and softness to these hard treatments

Soft Treatment Option 4 - Valances:
A fabric treatment hung from rod over top of window

Pros & Cons:

  • Affordable
  • Great add-on to other window treatments
  • Easy to make and install yourself
  • Good variety of styles to fit different room styles
  • Very little light or temperature control

Soft Treatment Option 5 - Fabric Shades:
Also known as Roman shades, these treatments are made from soft material and are constructed to be raised and lowered by using a cord like blinds; when raised, the fabric gathers up on itself

Pros & Cons:

  • Decent light control depending on type of fabric used
  • Good variety of colors and textures
  • Fairly affordable
  • Easy to install yourself 

 

 

 

So the next time you need (or just want) window treatments, you‘ll be armed with more knowledge and confidence. Soft treatments let you bring color and texture into your space and help tie your whole color and style scheme together. Happy shopping!

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