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Choosing Window Treatments for a Brooklyn Apartment

Brooklyn is the fastest growing borough in New York City, and it’s not hard to see why. It offers much of the same culture and amenities of living in Manhattan, but the smaller neighborhoods and brownstone-lined streets provide a retreat from the “Big city” lifestyle.

One of our favorite parts of Brooklyn, however, is the variety of architecture to be found there. From cutting-edge new construction in Williamsburg, to old DUMBO lofts, and quaint Brooklyn Heights brownstones, there’s something for every style. With that style diversity, of course, comes a need for a variety of different window treatment styles.

Here, we’ve put together a list of the best window treatment options for your Brooklyn apartment, based on style.

  1. The Brooklyn Heights Brownstone. Traditional brownstones (and limestones, and many brick row-houses) are characterized by wide, high-ceilinged main floor parlor areas, which were historically the formal receiving area of the home. Though 19th-century formality is no longer necessary, the windows in a room with traditional architecture and soaring ceilings will look best in full-length drapery. If your style is classic, opt for heavy velvets in rich solid colors, or lined linen panels in neutral shades of cream or gray. If you’re look is more contemporary, try printed panels in bold scale–geometrics, stripes of all sizes, and oversized chinoiserie prints and toiles are all beautiful options.
  2. The DUMBO Loft Apartment. In keeping with the rough-hewn, industrial look of a loft space, window treatments should be no frills and minimalist. Curtains or drapery would look out of place here, so instead choose styles like roller or pleated shades in neutral tones. Many loft spaces, especially those in converted warehouses, also have very high ceilings. If that’s the case with your space, consider installing motorized shades, which can be controlled from the ground with the simple touch of a remote.
  3. The Williamsburg New Construction. Sleek, shiny new construction often has a modern feel that’s complemented by contemporary window treatments. Luckily, there are plenty of options that fall within that category. Try wooden blinds in the same finish as the floor, or light filtering honeycomb shades for rooms that get a lot of direct sunlight. Roman shades offer clean lines than mimic modern architecture, but feel warmer than blinds or shades.

For more ideas on achieving the perfect window treatments for your Brooklyn apartment, schedule a free in-home consultation with one of The Shades Co.’s design and installation experts today!


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