Unless you’re one of those cool folks in Australia who have built their home or business below ground, chances are you have windows to contend with. Windows are great for letting in natural light, but they also expose your property to onlookers or potential burglars and can account for up to a 25% loss of heat in the winter due to drafts. If you’re one of the 28 million Americans looking into updating or purchasing new window treatments for your property, we broke down some popular choices below to help best meet your needs:
Curtains are probably your cheapest option as well as the most flexible choice in terms of installment and style. We particularly are a fan of blackout curtains or blackout shades if you own a business, as they can really send the “CLOSED” (dare we say “Abandoned”) message in the off hours and discourage potential thieves. Blackout curtains are also a great way to cater to that late sleeper in your household, and their usually thick fabric ensures heat retention in the winter.
Not that blackout curtains and window blinds are mutually exclusive. Although not as varied in their style and colors as curtains, blinds are a great choice for businesses looking for a sleak, minimalist effect. Furthermore, closed reflective blinds can reduce heat in a room up to 45%, making blinds a great choice for homes and businesses that want to save on air conditioning.
Shutters in our opinion read like a quainter, bulkier version of blinds. They look best in wood and almost always manage to give off the cozy home effect, which can be great for a small business like a brunch place, soap store, etc. We also adore shutters for a home kitchen, as they’re retro, nostalgic, and really serve to frame that pie you no doubt have cooling on the sill. (Remember, that’s a cliche image because everyone likes pie!)
When you’ve chosen your window treatments, be sure to comment below with snap shots. We’re always eager to see the effect our advice has on the home and business owner!