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Three Popular Window Treatments for Country Style Homes

Apr 05, 2016 by Don Watkins Category: Window Treatments 0 comments

Certain elements define country style living – warm and laid-back comfort, lace and frills, distressed white wood finishes, natural materials and more. If you want a home that possesses a sense of connection to the past but still revels in the present, then a country style theme is right for you. And one of the easiest ways to channel a country style vibe into your home is through your windows.

Yes, that’s right. Windows—they are not mere openings that allow the passage of light and air into your home. They can also be turned into vital focal points that add personality and character to your home through the use of window treatments.

Here are 3 different types of window treatments you can choose to give your property a fresh look and retain that country style feel.

Attractive Awnings

Country style homes usually feature outdoor areas that are great for family gatherings or even just a simple retreat where you can relax on lazy Sunday mornings. This type of home also features big glass windows and sliding glass doors that give you a view of your outdoor area from inside. Having huge windows and glass doors can be tricky and expensive when you want to ensure your house stays cool during the day. For one, your air conditioning system is working doubly hard and will lead to high energy costs, increasing your carbon footprint in the process. Not a very environment-friendly way to blocking the heat, isn’t it?

Awnings are window solutions that have proven to add more than just aesthetic appeal. Retractable awnings are highly customisable, so you don’t have to worry about them looking out of place with your chosen home motif, while providing the protection you need from the hot sun or the torrential rains. Now, there’s no need to stay within the confines of your home when it’s raining and it’s more than okay to stay outdoors even when the sun is unforgiving.

Standout Shutters

According to All About You, shutters are the traditional option for country style homes. Your favourite nook by the window can look extra charming with shutters, giving it the homey feel you are searching for. They are easy to customise as well, giving you more options for your home. Exterior plantation shutters are usually installed for decorative purposes; interior ones are for functionality and practicality.

As mentioned, versatility is one of the main functions of plantation shutters. Whether it’s summer or winter, you can count on them to keep you cool and warm. During summer, for instance, you can adjust the louvres and open them wider to let the breeze in. But you can also choose to close them during the warmest times of the day, just enough to keep the sun out and still enjoy the summer air.

Don’t know how to choose the perfect style for your needs? Freshome.com relates, “The first and most important aspect of picking shutters and blinds is to ensure that the degree of protection is just as much as we need/wish. In other words, take a look at how much control you actually have when it comes to keeping out the sun and the snow.”

Romantic Roman Blinds

In terms of design, Roman blinds are one of the most versatile window treatments you can choose for your country style home. A huge variety of fabrics and designs to choose from means that you can easily match them to your theme, including accessories and furniture. A post on Better Homes and Gardens encapsulates Roman blinds perfectly: They’re great for any type of window and are better for windows that are above kitchen sinks, bathrooms or window seats.

Need a sheer covering for your living room windows? Maybe you’re looking for thicker fabric that can provide the privacy you need for bedrooms. Not a problem. Roman blinds are high customisable. Whether you’re going for the contemporary shabby-chic style or leaning towards classic motifs, they can provide the traditional look many country style homes are known for. Since they’re made of practically any type of fabric you want, you can be sure that these classic window treatments can meet your needs.

According to All About You, “Blinds can also be combined with curtains for a more formal effect or to exclude the light behind thin fabrics such as voile.”

Do you have more window treatment decorating ideas for country style homes? Feel free to add to our list.

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