Window treatments can be a big investment so getting the style, materials and quality you need can be a tricky formula.  First, you need to consider your home’s overall design scheme.  If you are traditional, your window treatments may be the crowning jewel of your room, adding drama and height.  If your tastes lean contemporary, you may be looking for a simple accent that blends into the overall scheme of your room.

Selecting the right materials for your room and lifestyle are an important factor.  Some of the latest trends include exposed wood grains in blinds.  Light woods like maple and birch and bamboo are being seen in finials and pulls.

Bamboo shades are big right now, too.  They come in variety of colors and some include very cool grassy woven accents.

Two additional factors to consider are the amount of privacy and shade you need.  There are a number of blinds and shades that let in diffused light while still providing you with privacy.