A house without window treatments is like a perfect outfit without accessories. One reason flooring retailers offer window décor is because they know the ideal time to dress up those windows is when you’re doing those floors. To help get you started, here are the “top five” window treatment designs.


Begin by asking yourself if you want the eye to be drawn first to your windows or the floors. Do you want your window treatments for privacy or to keep out the cold? Do you want formal or informal? Don’t forget the little extras, light-filtering or room-darkening shades and breakaway cords safe for children and pets.


Verticals. Blinds made of vertical slats rather than horizontal, in metal, vinyl wood or fabric. Available in numerous colors. If yourflooring is more muted with less intense tones, avoid white, which canmake a flooring look dirty or less crisp. Little window patterns tend not to compete with large pattered rugs or wood flooring, but do tryto stay with colors you`re using on the floor. For a custom look, retailers can add fabric, say for a summery look to coordinate with aseasonal rug or the furniture fabric.


Cellular (or honeycomb). Fabric or simulated fabric is seamed togetherin horizontal cellular pleats with spaces in between to trap warm airin the summer and cool air in the winter while still letting in light.These are more informal. They can fade into the background but stilldress up the window. Use them to bring color from the floor up the wall giving flow to the room. Choose a rug’s background color if you don’t want to focus on the windows or the more dramatic colors if you do.


Matchstick. Irregular horizontal strips, often of cane or bamboo which roll up to close. These are more informal and look good with your bamboo or natural fiber floors. They are offered in standard sizes and can be cut in the store. They can look bulky when closed.


Roman. Fabric shades which fold into broad horizontal pleats when pulled up and hang flat when open. Retailers have fabrics you can choose from to coordinate with your décor; you can provide your ownfabric for a very custom look. With this look, you may want to blendinto the background, and the look is stunning with tile and stone floors and inviting in soft pastels.


Shutters. Available in real or faux woods, vinyl or metal and incolors. They provide lots of privacy and add an interesting touch to your window. They can look good with wood floors if they don’t compete. Check out shutter colors, shapes and styles and see if you prefer coordinated or contrasting shutters. Ask yourself if you want the eye to go to your window or the floors. Add drapes for a touch of color to blend in with your flooring and draw the eye from the floor up theside of the window.