A Guide to Buying Window Treatments

Designer Roman Shades

Designer Roman Shades

At Window Products in Connecticut, we know that choosing the right window treatments can be a stressful challenge. With a new array of styles and options, along with different choices in lifting systems, each year brings more variety and selection, which can seem overwhelming. So here’s a guide to help you get started—and remember, our trained consultants are always available to help.

To Start

The first thing you need to do is determine why you’re covering your windows. Once you understand your room requirements, you’ll be in a better spot to make decisions.

Know Where Your Light Comes From

Knowing which direction your windows face is also very important, though it is frequently overlooked. North light is cold and clear, so you should consider energy-efficient solutions. South light is warm and strong all year around, so consider light-diffusing solutions to protect your furnishings. East light from the sunrise is bright and warm so think about solutions that will protect from UV rays. West light is the hot and bright afternoon light, so look at light-diffusing and light-control solutions.

Understand the Level Privacy You Need

Be sure to look at your home from the outside—and don’t forget to check both day and night views. Consider how your blinds or shades will look from the inside out and also from the outside in.

Consider Window Shapes and Styles

Applause® Honeycomb Shades

Applause® Honeycomb Shades

These days, there are so many different types of windows, from arches and angles to skylights and circular windows. Even what most of us consider being “standard” rectangular windows can vary from house to house. Understand your windows’ shapes and what they might require.


If you have children, pets, or elderly family members living with you, think about the sorts of safety and convenience features you might like with your treatments. There are many operating options available today that eliminate dangling cords and keep your home safe. You can choose from retractable cords, cordless or wanded options, or remote control/motorized systems (which are also good for hard-to-reach windows).

Energy Efficiency and UV Protection

All window treatments provide an extra layer of insulation between your home and the outside air, but some do it much more effectively than others. Choosing the right window treatment can save money on your utility bill and can protect your carpets and upholstery from fading.

Buying Window Treatments in Fairfield CT

At Window Products, we’ve been serving Connecticut since 1994 with two showrooms – one in Branford and one in Southbury. We offer the full line of Hunter Douglas window fashions, a nice selection of screen shades, and a wide variety of awnings and shades. Our personalized service, quality products, and professional installation services ensure you’ll find the perfect window treatment or awning for your home or business. Contact us for more details.