Guide to Choosing Your New Window Treatments for A Historic Home

You have your brand-new replacement windows installed, and your home has never looked better. All that’s left to do is to pick out your new window treatments. Choosing window treatments seems simple enough until you start your research and realize how many things there are to consider when making your choice. Instead of getting overwhelmed and making an impulsive decision, let this guide to choosing window treatments help you choose something you’ll love.

What Should I Consider When Choosing Window Treatments?


One of the first things you’ll need to think about is how much light you want entering the room. Remember that you may end up needing different window treatments for different rooms, depending on how you use each room. If you prefer to sleep in total darkness, you may want to choose blackout curtains for your bedroom. Same goes for your home theater, office, or TV room where glare would be particularly annoying – blackout shades or curtains give you the options of blocking out almost all the light coming in from outside.

If you want to protect your rugs, carpet, and furniture from fading but still want to allow some natural light in, go with light filtering blinds instead, or choose blinds with operable slats that allow you to adjust how much light is entering through your windows depending on the time of day. Wood blinds often have operable slats and look elegant and timeless in any home. Mann Kidwell offers the highest quality wood blinds in Richmond and can customize them to suit your windows and your needs.

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You might be surprised how well a high-quality window treatment can insulate your home. Around 25% of your home’s heating and cooling costs can be traced back to energy loss via your windows. By investing in well-made window treatments, you can save money on energy costs each month – and those savings add up quick. While all window treatments will offer some insulation, heavy curtains, draperies, and shades will give you the most bang for your buck and will help keep your home at a comfortable temperature all year round.


Once you decide on your practical needs, you need to think about style. Do you want your window treatments to add a pop of color to an otherwise neutral room? Or do you want your window treatments to act as a neutral anchor to an otherwise bright color scheme? Whatever your style and personal tastes, you can find window treatments to match them perfectly. One important factor when buying window treatments is to make sure they coordinate with your window shape. Most standard rectangular windows will go well with any common window treatment, but for more unique shapes like circular, square, or diamond-shaped windows, you’re going to have to choose more carefully.

Mann Kidwell specializes in customizable window treatments and wood blinds in Richmond and can create a window treatment to match your home’s windows flawlessly. Having window treatments that match your home’s style and décor will make your entire home look elevated and beautiful.