Why You Should Be Inspired to Design Your Living Room with Window Coverings
When decorating a living room, most people focus on furniture and accents first. In reality, the first thing to address should be your window coverings. The covers you choose will not only drastically affect the look of your living room, but they’ll play a huge part in the room’s functionality as well. It’s easy to initially get caught up in looks, but it’s more important to focus on your needs while being in that space. Luckily, the right window coverings will have both of these qualifications covered! What do you want and NEED in a living room window covering?
Ask yourself these questions:
- What are your needs for privacy?
- What are your needs for efficiency? Keeping the cold air in or out.
- What style do you want your living room to reflect?
- Is functionality or aesthetic more important to you?
- What are your needs to block light or let light in?
- What is your overall budget and what amount are you allocating towards window treatments?
Time for the Living Room Design Inspo: Addressing your Needs for Living Room Design with Window Coverings
Blackout shades are your best option for maximum light blockage. Do you want privacy? You’ve got it with these. Planning on spending a lot of time in front of the screen? A blackout option is great for media watching and preventing sun glare. Whether you’re using your living room as a study place, nap zone, or a way to disappear from the world for a little bit, you’ll be happily isolated with this choice – when you want to be.
You should always keep longevity in mind when shopping for custom window coverings. You want to make sure you choose coverings that offer the most bang for your buck. By purchasing energy-efficiency coverings, you get to save money and the environment. (Yay!)
Here are the window covering options that save the most energy:
- Cellular Shades
Cellular shades take the cake for the most energy-efficient coverings on the market. Their design features a series of cell pockets that trap and regulate the air around your windows. What does that mean? You’ll crank the AC less in the summer and can hold back on punching the thermostat in the winter.
- Plantation Shutters
Plantation shutters are another pick that we love. Out of all the kinds of blinds, they fit the tightest against the window seal and are made of the thickest material. What’s the cool part about that? It means better insulation, which is literally pretty cool. Plus, they look rustic in a chic way and aren’t seen as often. With these, your living room will look unique and cute.
- Solar Shades
Solar shades are making their mark in the window coverings market. Part of the roller shade family- these types of shades block against UV rays, insulate, and reduce glare. Their opaque look will give you both the bright view and the privacy you desire.
When it comes to window coverings that provide privacy, we say yes to plantation shutters and hell-yes to blackout shades. But… have you thought about draperies? Ya know, the right kind of drapery that will keep you invisible to the rest of the world? 😏
Another pro tip – they’re a great way to upgrade your decor and show off your style.
Win, win in our book.
Embrace A Deeper Style For Your Interiors
Harmony is the key to successful interior design. Not everything has to (nor should) match, but you’ve wasted time and money if your decor doesn’t mesh well. This is how we like to look at it: When choosing window coverings, you’re choosing a friend for the rest of your decor. Who are they going to play with the best?
- Accent Pillows
Accent pillows are such an easy way to make a room pop. They’re fairly inexpensive and can add a nice element of color, pattern, and texture to a room. Complement them to your window coverings to pull your living room look together. With this smart combo, you’ll instantly brighten the aesthetic.
- Sheer Shades
Do you want your living room to look gorgeous? Duh, of course, you do – and we’re here to help. Silhouette Window Shadings are an option that is made up of S-shaped vanes floating between two sheer fabrics. They give off an incredibly soft and dreamy appearance that in turn gives off a softer and more filtered light. With these, you can enjoy a full view of what’s around you without others getting a full view of you.
Living Room Design with Window Coverings? It Just Makes Sense
When designing a space, every focal point needs to be taken into account. If you care about everything in your living room BUT it’s window coverings, then what’s the point? Windows often take up a good amount of real estate in a home, so it only makes sense that they should be looking just as dressed as the rest of your home.
We get it- dressing windows is intimidating. Refer to the experts at Windows Dressed Up. C’mon, we literally play dress up for a living! 😉
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