This post completes a three-part series. First, I shared questions to consider before you choose new window treatments, then I shared the pros and cons of five soft window treatments. In this post, you’ll find a list of pros and cons for five hard treatments to further help you improve the view inside your home and the way you frame your outside view.  

Hard Window Treatment Option 1 - Shutters:
Panels of wood, laminate or hard plastic slats, often featuring louvered construction to allow for varying amounts of sunlight and ventilation

Pros & Cons:

  • Offers strong light control and decent temperature control 
  • Long-lasting solution
  • Color choices are limited 
  • Can be expensive, typically custom-made to fit properly
  • Usually requires profession installation 

Hard Window Treatment Option 2 - Blinds:
Made with horizontal or vertical slats of varying widths

Pros & Cons:

  • Provides good light control and some temperature control
  • Easy to clean
  • Affordable and easy to install 
  • Custom cut (width) in-store
  • Limited color choices unless you go custom 

Hard Window Treatment Option 3 - Roller Shades:
Made of fabric, vinyl or fine screen on a roller that moves the shade up and down within the window

Pros & Cons:

  • Good light and temperature control (mounted inside window)
  •  Good privacy
  • Affordable
  • Quite a few styles and colors available 
  • Requires accurate measuring prior to purchase to ensure proper fit
  • Can be tricky to install but a reasonable DIY for most people 

Hard Window Treatment Option 4 - Cellular or Honeycomb Shades: Special material with a unique cellular design constructed in a single, double, or triple arrangement

Pros & Cons:

  • Trapped air between each cell creates a layer of insulation, which offers good temperature control
  • Offers a variety of light control options
  • Can be expensive
  • Can be tricky to install but a reasonable DIY for most people
  • Limited color and style choices unless you go custom (more $$)

Hard Window Treatment Option 5 - Cornices:
Installed over your window, usually wood or wood covered with fabric and often used with other treatments to help cover up other treatment hardware

Pros & Cons:

  • Can make a strong visual statement in your space— great for windows with a view
  • Lots of fabric, color, and style options
  • Fairly easy and affordable to make custom cornices yourself
  • No light or temperature control

 

I hope this window treatment series has left you feeling confident and ready to refine the beauty of your home. Nothing makes me happier than thinking you and your loved ones snuggled on the couch feeling serene as you gaze through your new lenses to the world.  

Final Tip: Remember that most of these treatments can be used in combination with each other, so be creative as you consider your options, and be sure of your choices before you have material cut or submit custom orders. 

Now, what will you do next to love where you live?

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