New window shades or blinds are one of the biggest and most influential investments you can make in changing the look of your home. Windows take up huge wall space in many rooms, larger than any other single piece of art or anything else that hangs on the walls. This means a dated window treatment can drag down an entire room’s decor, simply because there’s so much of it. Windows also draw attention with sunlight and outdoor views, so window treatments are always going to be first in the line of sight. Ambitious house makeovers don’t always come with unlimited budgets. Most of us need to keep a close eye on the numbers. But, that doesn’t mean it’s impossible to make great changes or establish a brand new décor to refresh your home.

A great window treatment can become the focal point of your décor, with a beautiful color, fabric, texture, or pattern to serve as a starting point for the rest of your design. Alternatively, you can choose neutral colors for your windows to serve as a refined backdrop for other eye-catching accessories, which you can change out quickly and easily for future updates or seasonal changes. No matter which route you choose or what size your budget, has great options for your home makeover. Here are some of the choices available at price points to meet every budget.

Under $50 Per Window

For functionality on a tight budget, mini blinds are a great choice, especially for covering larger or multiple windows. High-quality mini blinds can be made from vinyl or aluminum, with slats ranging between half inch and two inches. Mini blinds are available in a wide range of color choices to match the décor of any room.

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Custom Blinds

Custom blinds are priced according to size, so a wider range of options are available at lower prices for smaller windows. If you need a blind to cover a small or narrow window, such as those above kitchen sinks or in a bathroom, you may be able to use faux wood blinds. Blinds made of faux wood are available in a wide selection of colors to match your furniture or other colors in the room. Faux wood blinds are especially useful for kitchen or bathrooms windows because they are more moisture resistant than real wood.

Under $100 Per Window

For somewhat larger budgets, more options are available for a range of window sizes. Wood blinds, available in a wide variety of finishes from stained to painted to high end finishes and exotic woods, offer more options than faux wood blinds, and are available for under $100 per window for smaller windows.

Pleated shades and roller shades provide window coverage with a many fabric choices and colors, including both solid color shades, prints, stripes and textured fabrics. Different weights of fabric are also available, from sheer shades to blackout shades. Other shade options include cordless shades, which are great for homes with small children or pets, and also top down/bottom up shades, which can be opened at either the top or the bottom of the window for better light control and privacy.

Another great option at this budget for window treatments are cellular shades, also MochaCellular500called honeycomb shades. These special shades are made with either one or two layers of open cells that span the width of the shade (or height, in the case of vertical cellular shades). The open cells trap air to help insulate the window for better energy efficiency. Cellular shades are a great value because you can recoup some of the expense over time by saving on heating and cooling costs in your home.

Under $200 Per Window

Many more options become available at this price point, including fashionable and functional options like Roman shades. These shades offer the efficiency of a shade with the look of a stylish drapery. Like other types of shades, they can be made in a range of lighter to heavier fabrics depending on how much light filtering is needed. For a unique look using natural materials, Roman shades can be made with woven materials such as bamboo, reeds, or grasses. Light filtering and blackout lining can be added for privacy.

Large windows can be covered with either double or single layer cellular shades, offering an even greater degree of insulation, and potentially higher savings on energy costs. Vertical cellular shades are also available to cover large windows, sliding glass patio doors, and French doors, as well as vertical blinds and panel-track blinds. For those with a higher budget, motorized shades provide greater flexibility in controlling the shades for hard-to-reach windows.

No matter the room or windows you need to cover, there are custom window treatments available to fit your budget. Altmeyer’s BedBathHome offers custom-sized window treatments for every type of window and every room in your home. Visit any location for information about some of the most common brands, like Kirsch, Graber, Hunter Douglas & more!