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Ideas for Window Treatments and Accessories

posted by Jennifer Erisman on June 15, 2021 in Pittsburgh

Windows are a beautiful feature on your home. Choosing a trusted, innovative window that is perfect for you is important, but you may also want to add accessories that emphasize your style. Window accessories might add some flair or blend with the rest of the room. Accessories could be any number of different window treatments, grilles or other fun options.

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Window Treatments

Curtains. Curtains are a popular option when it comes to windows and privacy. There are so many different types of curtains with different patterns and colors to fit your style and the look you want for your room. They also come in varying lengths. Curtains are sold in two panels for each side of your window and are mounted on a curtain rod or curtain rings at the top of your window. You can also add tiebacks to your curtains for an added accessory to pull them back when not in use.

Drapery. Drapes are similar to curtains, but they are made with heavier fabric. They can be lined or pleated and can be hung on a traverse rod with string or a rod pull so they can be opened and closed easily. There are also a variety of choices for drapes, including black-out options to block out any light from coming in. Drapes tend to be a more formal option that are commonly seen in living rooms, bedrooms and dining rooms.

Sheers. Sheers are a lightweight curtain made from sheer fabric, hence its name. This material is delicate and adds a bit of charm to your windows. They make the room feel airy and open. Sheers do not, however, provide any privacy or block out any light. They are mostly popular in cottage, coastal and country-style homes.

Shades. A shade is a length of fabric or similar material that is cut to the width of the window and attached to a rod or frame that allows the shade to be lifted up and down with a pulley or roller system. There is an endless range of styles, colors and patterns that you can choose from to work with your decorating style. The most basic type of shade is the roller. Other types include Roman, pleated sola, bamboo, cellular (translucent) and motorized.

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Blinds. Blinds are made from hard materials like wood, metal and vinyl. They are hung horizontally on smaller windows and vertically on doors and large windows. They have slats or louvers that can be tilted open or closed by cords that are running through the length of the blinds. Blinds can be lifted to add more light in or lowered to add privacy and block out light. Pella offers blinds between-the-glass, for a low-maintenance and easy-to-use solution. 

Valances. Valances are commonly used with drapes, curtains, shades and blinds to conceal the mounting hardware. There are many different styles including pleated, arched, straight or shaped. They are mounted on poles or rods on the top of the window. Valances can add a dramatic effect to your window or add that extra touch of color and style.

Swags and Cascades. Swags and cascades are forms of valances that cover another window treatment to provide a layer of privacy and a light blockage. They can add a touch of drama and elegance. Swags are draped over a horizontal rod in folds. They can add contrasting colors or patterns to the existing window treatment. Cascades are lengths of fabric that either drape down the sides of the window in a zigzag of fabric or puddle across the top of the window. They are usually placed underneath or over swags, curtains or shades.

Cornices. Cornices are typically made from wood or similar hard materials. They are shaped like a box and are fitted over the top of the window frame to hide the mounting hardware for other window treatments. The wood material used can be left natural or can be painted, covered with fabric, padded for extra texture, or covered with wallpaper. Cornices are a formal option for window treatments and can be made to fit an assortment of styles.

Shutters. Shutters are generally made from painted or natural wood but can also be made from faux wood. This window treatment is fitted within the window frame and is usually on the exterior of your home. They have hinges that allow them to swing open or closed as well as small louvers that can open and shut with a lever to filter in light. Shutters are seen on traditional and older-style homes.

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Window Grilles

Grilles are another style option to add to your windows. They provide a design interest and can offer a historic or modern look. We have a variety of patterns and options available for our grilles. You can get between-the-glass or removable room-side grilles that make cleaning your windows easy.

We also offer patterns of square, ogee and putty grille profiles. These grilles can be put on and your windows will still maintain their energy efficiency.

Our wood windows also have options for Simulated-Divided-Light and Integrated Light Technology grilles. The Simulated-Divided-Light grilles on dual-pane windows are on the outside glass only, while triple-pane products have the grilles between the glass are on the interior. Our Integrated Light Technology grilles gives off the look of individual panes of glass. The non-glare foam spacers in between the grilles cast a realistic shadow to create the most authentic look of true-divided-light windows.

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Other Fun Window Accessory Options

Cat Hammock. Got cats? They love windows, bathing in the sun, and watching the birds and squirrels outside, so getting a cat perch is a great accessory for your windows. You can easily get one that works for you and your cat online and mount it onto your window for them to enjoy.

Show Off Your Kids’ Work. Your kids probably give you tons of arts and crafts that they do, so show them off! Sun catchers are a great craft to put in your windows. They come in different designs and sizes so that kids and adults can enjoy painting them. Then when it’s all done and colorful, you can hang them on your windows with a suction cup and watch the light shine through.

None. Let your windows speak for themselves, no need for any window treatments and accessories! You may just want to go without any window treatments or accessories so that you can let the craftsmanship of our windows shine. Window accessories can also sometimes disrupt the natural sunlight coming in. With our large glass picture windows and sleek frames, you may want to let all the light in as possible.

Window treatments and accessories are there to help accent and enhance your style and your windows. At Pella, we provide you with a variety of options for windows with lots of features including grilles. We set you up with trusted, innovative windows that are perfect for your style and needs, the next steps for your accessories are up to your creative side!

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