Maybe I should amend the title to reading window coverings with "my" style
Problem is I don't know that "my style" has an official name ,but one window treatment that I can point to and say" that is totally my style " would be real wood plantation shutters ,done in a classic dark stain .
So what can we deduce from that , that I prefer classic ,elegant and refined with a simpleness about it , no overly ornate moldings no floral embellishments, something rather masculine in presence, oh and something the cat can't swing from.
I don't like drapes with their often numerous layers all trapping dust, decorative swags and lace furbelow s, cafe curtains and valances, layer upon layer of sheers, although all are very decorative there's just too much work involved with drapes. They have to be color coordinated every time you redecorate, they have to be taken down and washed or left in place and steam cleaned by contractors .They do not diffuse light very well in that they have to be either open or closed where as plantation shutters provide not only light control, privacy, ventilation, heat and sound insulation, and a sense of timeless dignified charm, and contribute a decorative element to any room to which they are added.
Even among other shutters and blinds the plantation shutter reigns supreme. Originally plantation shutters were all made from real hard wood panels and were hung on the outside of the window rather than the inside as is the more common practice today. They were used to keep out the elements particularly hurricane damage if that was an issue in your area. It was largely only the wealthy cotton plantation owners homes that these type of shutters were hung as it was only they who were in the financial position to commission a craftsman to fabricate and hang the shutters hence there name today "plantation Shutters"
These days plantation shutters are not just for the rich and famous nor these days are they only made from expensive hard woods, such as Alder, Poplar and Cedar of course you can still find them manufactured from these hard woods but today you are just as likely find them constructed from soft woods such as pine lime or basswood or even faux wood (composite wood).Add also to that list vinyl ,the shutter traditionalist will always prefer a real wood plantation shutter over a vinyl ones ,but vinyl shutters have their uses too as they are not as vulnerable to damp conditions as real wood nor drying out in extreme heat conditions or fading with the sun . But then again neither are real wood plantation shutters if appropriate care is taken a real wood shutter needs the same kind of care that you would bestow on any other piece of fine wooden furniture in your home.