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A Guide to Selecting Window Treatments for Your Living Room

December 7, 2021

Because the way you dress up your windows matters!

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Window treatments in a living room play an important role in filtering sunlight, increasing privacy, and transforming a space by serving as the finishing touch that ties a room together. However, not all window treatments are created equal, as they all vary in function and style.

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If you don’t know where to start, fret not! We've compiled a list of 7 popular window treatment ideas found in Malaysian homes ranging from curtains to shades, drapes, and blinds. They all come in a variety of functions, materials, and styles so you can decide which window treatments would be best suited for your living room.


1. Sheer curtains: for an open, airy feel, minus the glare

If you prefer natural light to flood your living room, sheer curtains are an excellent choice. They're made of a lightweight, semi-transparent fabric that softens light as it enters the room while still allowing visibility outwards.

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The sheer curtains lend this modern design living space an open, airy feel. Meanwhile, the floor-to-ceiling window display draws the eye up, creating the illusion of a higher ceiling.

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2. Blackout drapes: for ultimate privacy and keeping your room cool

Blackout drapes are an excellent choice for living rooms that are mainly used for lounging or relaxing. They are made of a thick fabric that can completely block out all outside light. They also insulate your living room from heat, saving you money on electricity to keep your room cool during the day. Blackout drapes can also prevent prying eyes from peering in, giving you complete privacy while lounging in your living room at any time of the day.

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The blackout curtains in this minimalist living room provide a relaxing environment for the homeowners, especially during the day. The neutral tone of the fabric is echoed by the wooden furniture found throughout the room.

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3. Venetian blinds: add patterns and textures to your room

Venetian blinds are a popular alternative to fabric window treatments. They are made of a variety of materials including metal, wood, bamboo and vinyl. Venetian blinds have slats that can be tilted with a mechanism so you can adjust the amount of light or alter the direction of light entering the room. It also has a pulled cord that allows you to completely retract the blinds. This way, you can adjust the amount of privacy and light you get in your living room.

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As Venetian blinds have horizontal blinds, dust settles very easily on them. However, this isn’t a big deal as long as you dust them regularly.

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When blended with the white wall, the Venetian blind found in this living room creates a seamless visual flow, creating a space that appears spacious, bright, and airy.

4. Roller blinds: for a minimalist look

A roller shade is a simple window treatment with little aesthetic value that is ideal for those who want to achieve a minimalist look in their living room. These shades are made of lightweight materials such as fabric and vinyl and do not have slats or vanes. Roller shades are typically opened with a cord mechanism that allows the user to easily adjust the height of the covered area.

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Roller shades are a popular choice for living rooms because they help to prevent heat and bright sunlight from entering while also providing privacy. Aside from that, they are easier to clean as it only comes in a single sheet.

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The neutral-toned roller shades found in this living room demonstrate how the simple, timeless design can work with a wide range of aesthetics. In a sea of muted neutrals, the effect is chic and crisp, but not fussy.

5. Roman shades: for an opulent charm

Roman shades are a good option if you want something a little more opulent to dress up your living room windows. They are usually made of thick fabric that provides a high level of privacy and blocks the sun from entering your living room. To let in light, you need to raise the shade, using either a cord, roller, or lifting mechanism and it usually folds up in even pleats when raised, creating a layered look.

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The Roman blinds in this modern living room add a nice visual symmetry as well as creating a clean, neat look without making the space feel too formal.

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6. Zebra blinds: for multi-purpose light control

Zebra blinds can perform the same functions and provide the same benefits as other blinds, but with a slightly different look. They are made of two layers of alternating translucent and horizontal blackout stripes that allow you to instantly turn a sun-filled room into a semi-dark, partially-dark or completely-dark environment. You can control the amount of light that enters your living room with a pull-bar cord that allows you to pull the zebra blind up or down; the fabric loop also scrolls up and down over a tube.

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Aside from functionality, the zebra blinds' striped design adds a decorative touch to this living space.

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7. Shutters: for increased security and privacy

Shutters are an excellent way to add a luxurious and decorative touch to a living room. Compared to Venetian blinds, shutters are permanently fixed, precisely fitted window coverings that are attached directly to the window frame. They are also made of thicker, sturdier materials compared to Venetian blinds, most commonly wood.

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While both Venetian blinds and shutters have horizontal slats that can be tilted to control light using a rod, shutters can be completely opened and swing away from the window horizontally or slid, much like a door to provide an unobstructed view of the outside. When closed, shutters do not completely block out light, but they do provide complete privacy and can enhance your home's security.

This living room has a warm and welcoming feel thanks to crisp white wooden shutters that filter sunlight without completely darkening the space. The shutters' sleek design also contributes to the living room's uncluttered appearance.

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