By Linda Merrill, Networx

Window coverings serve a multitude of functions. They can be used for light and heat control or to provide privacy. They can make a house feel more inviting from the outside and add a level of protection on the inside. Decoratively, window coverings can add architectural interest to a space, or add softness, color and texture. Window coverings can be feminine or masculine, or a mix of both, and they can be made from fabric or wood. The sky's the limit when it comes to styles, shapes and colors.