When I try to select a window fashion, where do I start?
First you'll want to think about functionality, then about style. Start by asking yourself questions like, what are my needs for privacy? What direction does my window face? Do I want a single- or dual-function window treatment? Single-function window fashions are constructed with a single layer of fabric (think of a traditional shade). With the exception of a widow fashion with sheer or semi-sheer opacity, you must adjust the window fashion up or down to see outside. Also, single-function window fashions come in light filtering or room darkening opacities. They will open and close, but they will not tilt. Dual-function window fashions have slats or louvers that tilt and turn for privacy and light control (think of a traditional blind). With the exception of a shutter, they can also be raised and lowered.
Additional questions to ask yourself: Do you want privacy during the day but natural light to stream in as well? Do you mind someone seeing your shadow only from the outside? Or do you need complete privacy during the day and night? Do you want a transparent sheer or a room-darkening opaque fabric? These are all important functional window fashion considerations. For help sorting through your options, stop by our Starter Guide section, where we provide brief presentations on these topics. Another great resource is the new Hunter Douglas Art of Window Dressing™ iPad App. Download the app to see your favorite products in your home by uploading your own room photos—or choose one ours to imagine the possibilities.