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Window Shopping

As a homeowner in the Poconos, I am always looking for ways to brighten up my home and increase energy efficeincy. When it comes to window treatments, the options might seem endless, but the decision process doesn’t have to be overwhelming. HGTV recommends that you focus on the four main options: blinds, shutters, shades and curtains.

During the winter months, window treatments can affect the temperature in your home. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, pairing close-fitting drapes with a cornice can reduce airflow around windows by up to 25 percent. If you mount your shades or blinds inside your window casting, you’ll also be able to minimize drafts, and be ensured a cozy, warm winter.

Keep in mind that color and pattern are key when deciding what window treatment to use. Lighter colors will make a smaller room appear larger, while darker colors tend to shrink a room. Mix it up by playing with different textured shades such as rattan or bamboo.

Shades and curtains made from lighter fabrics allow more light to filter into the room. But depending on your taste, a heavier fabric can look more elegant, while a longer drapery will look more formal. To ensure you have enough fabric for overlapping, buy an amount of fabric two to four times the width of the window.

The cost for window treatments varies almost as much as the options themselves. You could spend anywhere from $16 for a light, sheer shade, to $400 for wood shutters. with such a range, you are sure to find something that fits your budget.

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