Building & Renovating

Which Window Treatment Is Your Best Match?

Take this quiz and find the best way to dress your windows

Photography: Dairy Darilag (Main Photo)

Every home or workspace requires a window, and whether your concern is to pull in as much natural light as possible, to keep everything private, or to shade your room from some super harsh rays, it’s important to know exactly how you want to dress up your fenestration.

With a ton of options out in the market, window dressing can be confusing. Keep things simple by taking this quick quiz and find out what will work best for you.

1. What's your morning routine?

A. Hit the snooze button once, then get up and get ready for work.

B. Wake up, check the phone before prepping for a morning run.

C. Pulling a robe on and grabbing the morning paper to pair with a cup of coffee.

D. Lie in, breakfast in bed, and a long, hot bath.

E. Light some incense and roll out the yoga mat.

2. How much time do you spend in your space?

A. Mornings and evenings.

B. Barely any time—I live in my office.

C. I commit to at least spending weekends there.

D. As much time as possible.

E. Afternoons to evenings.

3. What's your social life like?

A. I’m a social butterfly. Parties make a regular appearance on my schedule.

B. Social life = work life.

C. I enjoy spending time with family.

D. I have a very small, close-knit group.

E. I join a lot of classes and workshops, and make many acquaintances there.

4. How do you work out?

A. I take a couple of classes at the gym every now and then.

B. I aspire to train like a triathlete.

C. I like to go dancing (out on the scene and in my room—it doesn’t matter).

D. I shop.

E. I love quiet, calming exercises like yoga and pilates.

5. How do you take your caffeine?

A. I have a standard coffee maker at home, nothing fancy.

B. Shot of espresso on the go.

C. I love my French press.

D. In a hot cup of decadent, rich cocoa.

E. Green tea all the way.

Check your results:

Mostly As: Classic Curtains

You’re a stickler for tradition and love the look of light textile and fabric framing your home or workspace windows. Beyond fabric options, consider your rod and hook choices as well.

Mostly Bs: Functional Blinds

You’re a no-nonsense home decorator and prefer the easy to clean, functional look of blinds. Bring some warmth into your room by opting for more fabric-based Roman blinds, or stick to a truly work-oriented vibe by choosing vertical slats instead.

Mostly Cs: Vintage Louvers

Your style sense is always peppered with nostalgia. Whether you love the shabby chic look of a country home, or prefer some 70s style wooden slats, louvers can give you optimum light during the day and maximum privacy at night.

Mostly Ds: Heavy Drapes

You have a penchant for anything decadent and luxe, and full, heavy drapery can instantly usher your room into five-star levels of lavishness. Remember scale when using drapes—they work best in larger rooms and spaces.

Mostly Es: Clean Shoji

Minimalist and modern design appeals to you, and you’ve always had a soft spot for Japanese sensibilities. These translucent sliding panels help soften ambient light but don’t necessarily keep noise pollution at bay.

Additional Photos: Michael Angelo Chua (1 and 2) | Dairy Darilag | Pexels | Miguel Nacianceno

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