What’s the Best Window Treatment for the Living Room?
You want your window treatments to make a statement, but you also need to consider things like light control, energy efficiency, privacy, UV control, and durability.
The living room is the heart and soul of a home. According to interior designer Terence Conran, the living room “should be a place where we feel totally at ease – temple of the soul.” After all, it is the room where you go to relax and read a good book or watch your favorite television show. The living room is where you entertain guests. It is the room in which your child took their first steps. The living room is quite literally the room in which life happens. So, when it comes to interior design, you not only have to consider aesthetic appeal, but also functionality. The perfect example of this balance is your window treatments – blinds, shades or shutters. You want your window treatments to make a statement, but you also need to consider things like light control, energy efficiency, privacy, UV control, and durability.
Wood Blinds: Exceptional Light Control & Aesthetic Appeal
“In my view, no space without natural light is worthy of human occupation,” says interior designer John Saladino.
Each and every window treatment – from curtains to blinds – offers light control to an extent. In the instance of curtains, this light control is very basic. Curtains cover your windows or they don’t. They are opened or they are closed. Period. Blinds and shades, meanwhile, offer more control.
Wood blinds remain one of the most popular choices for living rooms because of their traditional look, aesthetic appeal, and light control. According to writer Jimmy Sturo of Ezine Articles, wood blinds “add a feeling of warmth and coziness to the atmosphere in the room” and “give a natural look to the room with a graceful charm.”
“They are equally at home in traditional paneled or rustic-style homes and more modern spaces,” adds Leslie Plummer Clagett of This Old House.
Here at Next Day Blinds, we custom craft each and every wood blind in our very own 100,000 square foot state-of-the-art factory, located right here in Jessup, Maryland, using 100% Premium Basswood and furniture grade finishes.
Solar Shades: Block UV Rays & Protect Your View
“I know a few recurrent motifs: for instance, to look out of the window, to see the sun going through it or filtered by a veranda, to live in high or low rooms, wide or narrow doors, corners to shelter in without having to look outside, to possess a terrace to grow plants on, to go long or short distances – places that don’t tell you what they are or places where you just look,” writes interior designer Ettore Sottsass in A Critical Biography. “I try to design [rooms] so that the people living in them can be aware of these different moments.”
Solar shades reduce glare and block harmful UV rays, all while still allowing you and your guests to gaze out your windows and take in the beauty of the surrounding area. The secret is the openness. “The material is usually a vinyl mesh which is available in varying degrees of ‘open-ness,’” explains interior designer Mike Strutt. “The more open they are, the more light they let in, and the more you can see through (both in and out).” For example, our Next Day Blinds 5% solar shades block 95% of visible light while still allowing you and your guests to enjoy the view outside.
Honeycomb Shades: Unsurpassed Energy Efficient & Privacy
“If you’d like to combine privacy and energy efficiency, honeycomb shades are a good choice,” writes HouseLogic blogger Alyson McNutt English.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, windows account for 25-40% of our annual heating and cooling costs. Honeycomb shades, however, can raise the R-value of a window by several points, increasing energy efficiency to help keep your home at a comfortable temperature. These window treatments “act as insulation, protecting your home from cold and heat with their energy-saving honeycomb design,” says interior designer Lisa Scheff. While a typical window has an R-value of 0.9 to 3.0, honeycomb shades themselves have an R-value ranging from 3.45 to 5.00 depending on style. And because of their Top Down/Bottom Up design, also known as Duofold, honeycomb shades also provide exceptional privacy and light control.
“They can roll down from the top to let in sun, while providing privacy at the bottom,” says Elizabeth Aaron, president of Elizabeth Aaron Interior Design.
So, what are the BEST window treatments for the living room? Well, there is no right answer. At the end of the day, the decision is yours and yours alone. As Billy Baldwin once said, “Be faithful to your own taste because nothing you really like is ever out of style.” Of course, if you still need some help, Next Day Blinds is gladly here to lend a hand.