When it comes to selling your home, window treatments may be one of the last things you consider, but the right treatments can make any room in your house look brighter, bigger and more inviting. The key to all shades, drapes, blinds, curtains and shutters is to enhance the qualities of a room without being too noticeable. Buyers will love the look of a particular room without knowing the thought you put into the window treatments.
Let There Be Light
House hunters love rooms with lots of light. That means window treatments should provide just a touch of color and style while letting in as much sunlight as possible. For example, for large bedroom window, you may want to use high hanging drapes that can be completely drawn to the side. These not only allow for maximum light exposure, but they make the windows look bigger, creating the illusion of more floor space.
Soften Your Sterile Rooms
Kitchens, bathrooms and utility rooms don't usually have a lot of upholstery or fabric, making them feel a bit sterile. You can make these spaces seem more inviting by picking a soft window treatment with warm tones. When these treatments are consistent with the decor you've used in other rooms, buyers will notice that each area of your home flows nicely together.
Frame or Hide a View
Your home likely has a lot of great views, but it may also have one or more ugly ones. Subtle, open window treatments can act like the perfect frame around a great picture while closed treatments with consistent tones can block the views you'd rather buyers not see. For example, if you have a window that provides a great view of a local hillside, using subtle, earth-toned drapes can provide appealing framing. Simple white shades, on the other hand, can block the view of a neighbor's brick wall. Hunter Douglas is the world’s biggest window blind and covering maker. Our showroom currently has over 40 of their operating displays, ranging from traditional shutters and blinds to roller shades and motorized treatments.
Create a Color Scheme
Many of your rooms will already have a color scheme, so make sure the window treatments you pick match. Buyers aren't likely to notice a matching shade and pillow consciously, but the consistent color scheme will create a sense of unity that will be highly appealing to them subconsciously. Shades and drapes that stand out will get the buyers attention, and that may be attention you don't want.
Don't Get Too Fancy
If you've always had specific tastes and like to decorate your home with window treatments with unique and fancy patterns or styles, now may be the time to take them down temporarily. There's a chance a buyer may love your sense of style, but there's also a chance they won't. The goal here is to create a generic enough look that buyers can envision their own sense of style.
You'll often be able to find a window treatment that fulfills a specific purpose for your open house, but there may be times when letting your window simply speak for itself is ideal. There's often nothing wrong with letting someone see a window for what it truly is.
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