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Pros: Practical, affordable and fully customizable as to light preference.
Cons: Unless you really dress them up, these guys look sterile. Plus, the cheaper varieties are prone to chipping and breakage.
Pros: Easy to open and close, elongating for windows and cozier than other shade/blind options.
Cons: String mechanisms can break and get tangled easily. (No one likes a lopsided blind.)
Pros: They function as a picture frame for your windows--and give any room a classy and elegant flair.
Cons: Tough to clean, $$$, plus they’re a lot more work to fit and install than hanging up a simple curtain rod.
Pros: Super sweet to look at, and they let in tons of light.
Cons: They have pretty much zero actual functionality aside from cuteness.
Pros: Easy to install, tons of varieties to choose from and they lend a catalog-like polish.
Cons: All that fabric is a major dust trap--which means they need more frequent, often professional, cleanings.
Pros: They add a real softness, fullness and casual elegance to a room. Plus, they’re great for insulation and noise control.
Cons: Two words: cash money. Also, like ringed panels, these babies need full cleanings every few months.
Pros: Breezy, bright and generally more affordable than solid cloth.
Cons: Not so private, not so insulating, tricky to launder.
Pros: The cells trap heat, keeping things warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Essentially, they’re a super-practical option with a softer look than regular blinds.
Cons: Aside from dusting, they’re a bit tough to clean. They’re also not the prettiest option.
Pros: Cheap and low maintenance with a crisp, minimal aesthetic.
Cons: They’re not especially showstopping and need to be replaced more often than other blinds, due to their mechanisms wearing out.
Pros: Long life spans, great for the privacy-minded and very durable.
Cons: They can make a room feel dark and heavy, and their clunky volume isn’t awesome for small spaces.
Pros: Tons of light and the illusion of more space.
Cons: Good luck sleeping in past sunrise.
There’s a reason “great natural light” is such a selling point in, oh, every real estate listing ever. After all, light (and the windows that let it in) is really all that separates a happy home from a cave-lady dungeon.
But how best to dress your beloved windows? That’s where we come in.
Check out our list of classic window treatment options to see which is best for your fabulous space.
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