Updated: Dec 2, 2018
Windows are an architectural feature so it's natural that how we dress them is an important consideration not only for the interior styling, but for how the home looks on the outside.
HOW TO PICK THE RIGHT WINDOW TREATMENTS
I usually begin at the front of the home and try to achieve a cohesive look, no matter the styling. I work my way through, room by room, considering function and orientation. In living areas, daylight is important, but so is privacy. For bedrooms, you want to block out light as well as have privacy. In bathrooms, privacy is always key.
Shutters, such as plantation, create that holiday feel and come in a range of finishes and materials. You can match the colour to the interior walls or go for a timber look, however I usually suggest choosing clean white – it's timeless and goes well with everything.
Holland, or roller, blinds are both space and cost effective. They come in a range of textiles, including blockout (great for bedrooms), sheer (so you can look out, but at night others can't see in) and light filtering (to allow light through but no direct vision, giving you a bright room as well as privacy).
Curtains create a soft, flowing effect, add texture and pattern, and block out daylight and cold. They are perfect for home theatre rooms as they absorb sound, and can add a sense of drama to your living areas and bedrooms.
Shutters are fantastic to clean but not the most affordable option, so if your budget is tight, perhaps do the front facade only. Opting for a wide-blade shutter will allow maximum daylight in, as well as look visually less cluttered. Blinds are modern and clean, quite cost effective and take up little space. Don't forget to consider the backing colour of the blinds so they look good from outside, too. For odd-shaped windows, hang curtains above or overrun the sides of the window, to make them look higher and wider. You can always mix and match window treatments throughout the house, however it's best to use the same window treatment on all the windows in the same room. Remember: choosing too many different colours and styles can make your home look busy and confusing from the outside.