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The Guide To Window Treatments For Your Living Room In Chicago, IL

April 22, 2016

The living room is where you put your decorating skills to the test. And elegant windows are an opportunity to find a stunning window treatment to accent your furniture and emphasize the window’s shape.

You’ll want to consider the shape of your windows since many living rooms have beautiful arched or specialty shaped windows. Another thing to consider is how you want to frame the view outside, how much light comes through them, and how much privacy you desire. Your living room window treatments should let you control privacy and light so that your guests get the feeling that they’re welcome.

Your living room window treatment options in Chicago include:

Living Room Shutters In Chicago

White plantation shutters in living room with dark wood floors 

In contrast to draperies, blinds, and shades, living room shutters match your triangular, octagonal, arched, circular windows - even your french doors. They’re custom made to the exact dimensions of your windows. All the angles, curves, and corners are intact. And your guests will take note of your eye for architecture - and appreciate your concern for their privacy.

For a formal living room, choose window treatments that are more sophisticated. Plantation shutters are easily recognizable by their broad horizontal louvers enclosed in a frame. Whether you choose a deep stain for Ovation® wood, weathered reclaimed wood, or a traditional white paint for Polywood®, the custom window treatment will match your living room’s decorating style.

If your living room will be used to entertain, how easy it is to operate the window treatment has as much weight as its beauty. You can move the shutter louvers with a tilt rod to get as much light as you want. And you can open the panels all the way to operate the window.

Living room shutters help keep you and your guests comfortably warm all through the evening. Just close the shutters completely for temperature control. And with Polywood shutters for living room shutters, you’re also taking advantage of the resulting energy savings.

Barn Doors For Living Room Windows

Sliding barn door shutters framing view of patio 

Sliding barn doors as window treatments play off of the living room’s rich color palette. Choose an espresso stain or midnight black paint to balance light colored furniture and white walls. For living rooms with dark colored walls or eclectic furniture patterns, a barn door with a fruitwood stain or snow white paint might work best.

Enjoy the scenery when you move the barn door panels on a track. With the panels on the sides of the living room window, they frame the view and become standalone works of art.

Shades For Living Room Windows

Living room with fireplace and tan Roman shades 

Shades are a great option when you want your living room window coverings to showcase specific colors or multiple colors. Roman shades, the most popular type of shades in Chicago, have patterns and fabrics ranging from contemporary to classic. And they add charm to even the tallest of living room windows.

But some shades may not be effective at blocking light. Check with a window treatment expert about a specific shade’s room darkening efficiency.

Looking For More Window Treatment Inspiration For Your Living Room In Chicago?

Find your inspiration in this idea gallery showcasing images of window treatments for living rooms and other rooms in your home. You can look through examples of our work from around Chicago and see for yourself what might look better in your living room. And if you’re ready to talk with a window treatment professional about your living room - or any other room, give us a call at 847-250-6544 or fill out the form below!