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Benefits of Custom Window Treatments

Posted: Thursday, October 28th, 2010 | Filed under: window blinds, window shading, window treatments
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Are you having a hard time finding the right window treatments for your home décor style? There are other options available from what you see online and from what you’re used to seeing in your local home décor stores. Custom window treatments may be what you need to satisfy the look you are trying to achieve. Custom window treatments are designed to fit your home’s décor style and they’re built to fit your windows exactly, no need to tug, tack, or pin to hide curtains that don’t fit properly.

There are many benefits to custom window treatments. Having the ability to personalize your home in a kind like no other is a great reason to choose custom window treatments. Custom window treatments provide functionality and protection from sun damage for your furniture and floors. Custom draperies are of better quality as well. Custom draperies come fully lined, making them heavier and fuller.

Custom window treatments

Custom window treatments

Custom window treatments are tailored to your needs unlike store-bought curtains. Store bought window treatments; blinds or drapes, are designed to please the majority, but your windows may not be like that of others. Your windows may be unusually large; it would be hard to find that size to match your specific home décor’s needs. Having window treatments custom made gives you more options; like color, textures, and size.

Not only will custom window treatments provide more options for your home but they also last longer. Custom window treatments are that of quality. When choosing custom window treatments they can be pricier, but through time you will save money because this window treatment is built to last and made with better materials then that of store bought types. You will find that you’ll be happier with the custom option that you chose; therefore, there is no need to change your drapes or shades every few years.

Window Treatments for Your Kitchen

Posted: Saturday, October 23rd, 2010 | Filed under: interior design, window blinds, window shading, window treatments
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Choosing the right window treatments could be difficult if you don’t know what your options are. How do you pick your kitchen’s window treatments? A few tips include, use lightweight window coverings that let the natural light indoors but that will still allow for privacy. Window treatments should match your kitchen’s décor, picking colors that accent the décor elements that you already include in your kitchen is ideal.

Kitchen window treatments

Kitchen window treatments

There are many options available in regards to kitchen window treatments. Cafe curtains add a comfortable flair to any kitchen. Café curtains let lots of light in. You can find this type of window treatments in themed sets or you can find sheer cafe curtains with embroidered designs like flowers. The classic kitchen blinds can work and they come in many materials such as faux wood, aluminum, vinyl blinds, and more. Blinds are an affordable option. Roller window shades are another economical kitchen window treatment. Roller window shades add style and functionality. These window treatments are easy to clean and have a large color selection. Another option includes pleated shades. Pleated shades let in the natural light and offer a great amount of privacy. Pleated shades come in a variety of colors and patterns as well. Roman shades are known for a clean look, and are also available in many colors and designs. A simple valance that matches your décor may be all that you need to add the flair you’re looking for.

The choice of styles in regards to window treatments for your kitchen is endless. Look at the many options available to you online or at your local hardware store. Look at the materials that best fit your home décor, look for textures that will add flair, and look for hardware to add the statement you’re looking for. Make sure the window treatments you choose for your kitchen have the functionality you need in your kitchen. Knowing t possibilities and looking at many available styles will aide you in picking the right window treatments for your home.

Window Treatments for Your Bathroom

Posted: Monday, October 18th, 2010 | Filed under: interior design, privacy window treatments, window treatments
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Bathrooms often have pretty small windows and often have little character in appearance. Many people don’t realize that there are many options for the basic bathroom window. You can turn an otherwise simple window into its own focal point with the correct window treatment. There are so many types of window treatments that can make all the difference in appearance and functionality for your bathroom. Roman shades, woven shades, drapery systems, silk drapes and other shades types; the list goes on and on in regards to your window treatment options.

Privacy window treatments

Privacy window treatments

Before you settle on what may look well in your bathroom keep in mind your needs. Do you need privacy in regards to where your bathroom is located? Does the sun bask on that side of your home as to where your bathroom is located? What size are your windows? What is below the windows in your bathroom? These questions will tell what size window treatments you need and what type of window treatments will best suite your bathroom. With all these questions to keep in mind, remember a bathroom window treatment should let light in but should also provide privacy.

Certain window treatments have added benefits to your bathroom’s needs. Roman shades with a subtle pattern can bring out the bathroom décor and can be very functional because of the ease of opening and closing a roman shade. A tasseled window treatment-can add country appeal and old world style and will let the sun in where the tassels open up. Woven window shades add an earthy feel allowing bathers to control the amount of light and privacy given and they give the bathroom a finished look. How about a romantic setting, long flowing drapery may be for you? As you can see there are many options for you to choose from, knowing the possibilities available will help you select the window treatments that are right for you.

What is a Blackout Window Treatment?

Posted: Monday, October 11th, 2010 | Filed under: blackout shades, window shading, window treatments
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When hearing the name blackout window treatments some people misunderstand what a true blackout window treatment is. Blackout window treatments aren’t just a set of curtains or blinds that appear to keep the sun out. Blackout window treatments are thick and heavy. They block out the light, outside noise, and insulate our homes from the heat and cold. You can find different forms of blackout window treatments like blackout cellular shades, blackout draperies, blackout roman shades, and blackout woven wood shades. All types of blackout window treatments still meet the common goal of keeping out the light, heat or coldness, and keeping out noise.

Blackout shading systems

Blackout shading systems

Blackout window treatments are energy efficient and cost effective. Blackout window treatments are geared to block out 99% of the weather’s elements helping you to use less utilities; heaters, air conditioners, and lighting. Using fewer utilities in our homes calls for a better environment and for lower cost on our utility bills, it always pays off when we’re being energy efficient.

To achieve great energy efficiency and cost effectiveness you must choose the correct blackout window treatments. These window treatments should be fitted tightly against the window casing in which you will be coupling your blackout window treatment with. If not fitted correct, the elements you are trying to protect your home from will still seep through. Whichever type of blackout window treatment you choose, make sure there is an obvious distinction of a blackout liner or make sure they’re made of blackout material. If the correct materials weren’t used in manufacturing the product you purchase, these desired results won’t be met and won’t work as planned.

Have you tried blackout window treatments? What did you think? Please share your thoughts on these window treatments below.

How to Darken a Room

Posted: Monday, October 4th, 2010 | Filed under: blackout shades, interior design, privacy window treatments
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Darkening a room can have many benefits and can be very simple to do. Some agree and some disagree to the need to darken a room. Some need a dark room during the daylight hours. Just think of those that work all night, working the graveyard shift, tossing and turning trying to sleep while the sun peers into the room drawing them to stay awake.

What about those summer nights that cause longer and brighter evenings, for some it’s hard to get their children to go to sleep in a timely matter with sunshine invading the indoors? The children want to play when the sun is out. Naptime for baby can be a difficult task if the room is bright from the sun peering into the windows. What about the sun beaming into your home theatre distracting your view because of the glare on your television? This is no way to entertain! The list goes on and on as to why one may need a dark room.

Privacy shades

Privacy shades

Some may argue there are huge disadvantages to darkening a room. The sun does aid us in cost and energy efficiency come the winter months. The sun entering our homes helps brighten the indoors keeping energy cost down because fewer lights are turned on and our heaters are used less. Agreed, but the simple task to complete at this point is to open your shades or curtains to reap the benefits needed from the sun come the winter months.

Sure most heavy drapes and/or shades will darken a room; however, there is a way to darken a room at its best. The best way to create a darker environment for your nursery, home theatre, or bedroom is simple. Installing blackout shades is by far a great choice to aide you in this goal. Blackout shades blocks at least 99% of visible light from entering the room your shades are installed in. How is that for a peaceful nap or a great time entertaining in your home theatre during the daytime?