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The Best Shades for Living Room Windows

Living Room Window Treatments: What Works Best?

As the name suggests, the living room is where we live our lives. And when you're choosing living room window treatments, it helps to think about your lifestyle. Is the living room where you go to read? Watch TV? How much do you like to entertain? Do you host formal dinner parties or casual game nights with friends? Is light control or energy efficiency a concern? Whatever your particular need, you'll find many living room blinds and shades that are as fashionable as they are functional.

From selecting materials and colors to expert measurement and installation, our window treatment specialists can help you create the perfect window treatments for your home. Find a specialist near you to get started today.

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Cellular Shades: Superior Energy Efficiency and Style

If energy efficiency is a top priority, cellular shades, like Duette® Honeycomb Shades, are an ideal living room window treatment. The cellular design of Duette shades adds a layer of insulation at the window, so you can reduce energy consumption and stay comfortable all year long. You can also opt for the Duette Architella® honeycomb-within-a-honeycomb construction if you want extra insulation.

The great thing about Duette shades is that they come in so many pleat sizes, colors, patterns, textures and opacities that they'll work with any living room décor. You can even combine two fabrics on the same shade for more light control.

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A Modern Twist on a Classic Roman Shade

For a soft, elegant look in your living room, Roman shades are a modern and clean-lined alternative to traditional full-length draperies. Plus, they're an excellent way to add visual interest if your living room has a lot of whites and neutrals. Vignette® Modern Roman Shades, for instance, feature luxurious colors and textures in a wide range of styles and fold sizes.

Want more light control from your living room shades? Try choosing a product that pairs a light-filtering shade with a room-darkening back panel. And since fabrics are available by the yard, you can create decorative matching pillows or other accents for upholstered furniture. An added bonus—Vignette shades have no exposed rear cords for enhanced child safety and a clean look from the outside.

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Designer Screen Shades and UV Protection

Even on cloudy days, UV rays can fade and damage your artwork, fabrics and carpet. They can also dry out and bleach your hardwood floors and wood furniture, breaking down the paint or stain finishes and joint sealants. To protect your living room furnishings, solar shades, such as Designer Screen Shades, offer excellent UV protection and come in hundreds of gorgeous fabrics as well as opacities ranging from sheer to opaque and from 14% to 0% openness.

You don't have to stick to solar shades for UV protection though. Virtually all Hunter Douglas shades, blinds and shutters filter at least 75% of the sun's rays when installed over double-glazed glass windows.

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Modern Window Coverings for Large Windows

Do you have huge windows to cover? If so, some of the best window treatments for large living room windows have a vertical design, lending a more contemporary feel to the treatment and to your room. Luminette® Privacy Sheers are perfect for large living room windows and even living room patio doors. Soft fabric vanes combined with vertical sheer panels give you the drama of drapes, but with a modern touch.

Looking for something sleeker? Designed for an expansive set of windows, the clean lines of Skyline® Gliding Window Panels definitely make a statement. Choose from an extensive collection of fashion-forward colors, patterns and textures.

Drapery Ideas for Living Room Windows

You don’t have to limit yourself to one kind of window treatment for your living room. Drapery can add layers of texture when combined with blinds or shades, while also adding a finished look to the space (and preventing light gaps at the sides of your windows).

Try mixing patterns, colors and materials to create a visually interesting focal point. (If you want to mix two prints, though, make sure one is more delicate than the other. Two busy prints could be overkill.) For a streamlined, cohesive look, pair shades and drapery that complement each other. Minimalism more your taste? Use close-to-matching colors for your drapery and shades.

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Shutters: Durable and Timeless

Like premium furniture for your living room, shutters offer the timeless beauty of rich hardwood. Plus, they look just as gorgeous from the outside of your home as they do from the inside. They're also very durable and provide great sound absorption.

You can find options ranging from real wood and hybrid shutters to shutters like Palm Beach™ Polysatin™ Shutters that have the look of finely painted shutters but are guaranteed never to warp, crack, fade, chip, peel or discolor, even when exposed to extreme heat or humidity. Something to think about if you live in a hot climate.

Other Living Room Shade Ideas

Looking for even more options? Woven wood shades, crafted from natural materials including reeds, grasses and bamboo, bring a touch of the outdoors, in. Or, consider top treatments, such as cornices. Wooden or fabric covered, these decorative elements add a finished accent to your living room shades or blinds while concealing window treatment hardware. They also help block unwanted light around the top of your window treatment and draw the eye upward, making your room seem more spacious.

From selecting materials and colors to expert measurement and installation, our window treatment specialists can help you create the perfect window treatments for your home. Find a specialist near you to get started today.