Popular Window Treatment Options & What to Consider

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Although the options for window treatments might seem overwhelming, some styles are tried and true, depending on what you need. 

Consider where the windows are in your house and if privacy is an issue. You’ll also want to keep in mind how much natural light you want or need in that room, as well as the aesthetics of the room’s design. Each room will most likely need its own unique window treatment specific to function and style. 

Here are several of the top window treatment options and what they work best for.

Semi Sheer Drapery

Semi sheer drapery is an excellent option for windows in a shared space that may also require a bit of privacy. This window treatment provides a sophisticated look while obscuring the view from outside of your window. 

The sheer fabric allows plenty of natural light in, perfect for kitchens or bedrooms. Choose the thickness of your fabric based on how much light you want. For example, the thinner the fabric, the more natural light will filter in.

Cellular Shades

Cellular shades, also known as top-down, bottom-up shades, are perfect for contemporary bedrooms and bathrooms. They offer extreme privacy when closed, and yet still allow lots of light to flood in. Depending on the function of your room and what you need, the option of opening from the top or bottom makes cellular shades one of the most versatile window treatments.

Roman Drop-Down Shades

Roman shades are window covers that lay flat against the window when all the way closed, and fold up into pleats toward the top when open. Roman shades provide a clean and tailored look to any room and can be customized with different colors and materials to blend seamlessly in with the rest of the home’s aesthetic.

Blackout Curtains

Blackout curtains are the perfect option for nurseries, bedrooms, or media rooms — anywhere that requires ultimate privacy or shade from harsh light. These curtains are either made of very dense fabric that light cannot penetrate, or this type of fabric can be sewn onto the back of your normal drapery fabric to turn your average curtains into blackout drapes. 

These heavy curtains can be customized with a variety of colors, and protect items and furniture from harmful sun damage.


Interior shutters are a great alternative to shades. This particular type of window treatment offers flexible lighting and privacy controls, and adds a unique and creative detail in any room of the house. Shutters can also insulate a room from cold, blustery weather, as well as keep rooms adequately shaded from the sun and heat. 

Stained Glass

Stained glass windows are not just for churches anymore. Stained window panes or faux stained glass vinyl covers allow for ultimate privacy while providing beautiful color and decoration to any room. Stained glass windows look beautiful in the foyer of a home next to the front door, as well as in small bathroom windows.

When choosing your window treatment, remember to take into consideration the room’s function and your preferred aesthetic. Feeling overwhelmed? Queen Anne Upholstery & Refinishing has been providing Seattle with outstanding custom-made drapes and curtains since 1936. 

For more information or to move forward with your custom window treatment project, request an estimate today!