A Complete Guide to Window Treatments

One of the best ways to bring an added touch of style (and functionality) to any space is by using window treatments to full advantage. Whether it’s improving privacy, controlling light, or giving a room a much-needed makeover, they’re an essential part of any home’s décor. In keeping with this, we’ve decided to write you a quick and easy guide to give you a little bit of inspiration. So, if you’ve got a few minutes, give it a quick read.

What are Window Treatments?

The term “window treatments” refers to any type of covering or decoration applied to windows. Suitably named, right? There are plenty of options to choose from, from curtains to blinds to plantation shutters.

By choosing the right window treatment for your space, you can control the amount of light entering the room, improve your privacy, and even save money on your energy bills. Plus, you might even be able to increase the asking price of your home.

White shutters on patio doors in blue kitchen


If you’re after quick and easy window treatment ideas, blinds are a tried and trusted option. Here’s our two cents on the matter.


Blinds are a versatile and functional option. Available in various styles and materials like wood, PVC, aluminium, and fabric, they offer a range of choices to match different interior styles. They’re also quite affordable and can be a quick, temporary solution. Plus, you can go for temporary blinds if you need something for the short term.


However, blinds may not be the most durable option and often need replacing. Cleaning them can be cumbersome, as dust and dirt easily accumulate on the slats. They also lack the elegant and timeless look of shutters and don’t provide the same level of insulation, which can impact your home’s energy efficiency.

Overall, blinds will do the job, but they won’t offer the same durability, ease of maintenance, or wow factor that you’ll get with shutters.

White cafe style window shutters behind seating area


For something a bit softer and, dare we say it, old-fashioned, curtains are a solid choice.


Curtains are a classic, offering a most refined look compared to blinds. Available in a wide range of fabrics, colours, and patterns, they can help create a cosy space in the home. They provide good light control and offer some thermal insulation too.


Curtains can be bulky, and they require regular maintenance. This means taking them down, washing and ironing to keep them looking fresh. Plus, they’re not exactly as durable as shutters. And because of their patterns and colours, they run the risk of looking outdated when it comes time to redecorate.

Curtains will do a job, but why settle for second best when there’s simply no need?

The Benefits of Shutters

If you’re looking to combine timeless beauty with unrivalled functionality, plantation shutters are the last word. An excellent choice for anybody wanting to add a touch of class and sophistication, the benefits of shutters are about so much more than looks.

Here at Purely Shutters, our shutters are made using only the finest materials. That way, we can guarantee that they’ll last our customers for years to come. They’re also excellent for light management, with their movable slats giving you control that other window dressings simply can’t touch. This also makes them excellent insulators, keeping you warm in the winter and cool in summer.

Café style shutters in a bay window behind a sofa.

Plantation shutters are also a semi-permanent fixture. Given the proper care and attention, they could last for years, or even decades! It’s precisely this that means they could even increase the asking price of your home.

And if you’re worried about not having enough options, fear not, because there are various types of plantation shutters for you to choose from. Plus, our guide on how to dress window shutters will have them looking their best in no time.

Still Have Questions?

If you have any questions or need some extra inspiration for your windows, we’d love to help. Book your free home survey today. We’ll send a Shutter Specialist to your home to go through all your questions and give you a full quotation, completely free of charge. Get in touch today and start your window transformation today.

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