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Best Window Treatment for Bathrooms

Posted: Wednesday, April 19th, 2017 | Filed under: Bathroom Privacy, Bathroom Window Treatments, Interior Decorating, natural light
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Bathroom Window TreatmentsYour bathroom is one of your most used spaces, as you freshen up and pamper yourself daily. You should never neglect your bathroom; this important space demands its own signature style. Whether you enjoy the breeze from a cracked window or prefer natural lighting, choosing the right window treatments will make your bathroom more appealing. Window treatments for bathrooms need to meet three requirements: privacy, durability, and light control. Bathrooms are a high moisture and heavy traffic area, so choosing mildew-resistant fabrics is essential. No matter which style you choose, the creative designs and material choices are endless.
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How to Make a Small Apartment Feel Bigger

Posted: Wednesday, March 9th, 2016 | Filed under: interior design, natural light, nyc apartment, Solar Shades
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Apartment Window Shades
One of the most common questions asked by New York apartment residents is how to make a small space feel bigger.  The choice of color scheme and furnishings that are part of your interior design concept can make a small space feel either claustrophobic or spacious.  Window treatments and lighting are other design elements that make a big impact in a tiny apartment.
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Do Blackout Shades Work?

Posted: Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012 | Filed under: blackout shades, room darkening window treatments, window treatments
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Room Darkening Shades

Room Darkening Shades

Blackout shades are designed specifically to keep light out of a room. There are varieties of fabric and styles to choose from, but most of them perform the same. Most people who are looking to block natural light or want to install window shades for privacy concerns use blackout shades, or some type of privacy shade.

Depending on your want or need (completely eliminating light, block UV rays or both), you can choose which type of blackout shade is right for you. Blackout shades are thicker than your traditional window shades and some require a blackout liner. Roman shades, cellular or honeycomb shades are often made with blockout material and can perform as blackout shades. Other window shades such as woven wood shades require a blackout liner. Each material is different and will have different effects depending on how it’s treated.

Blackout shades also serve as solar control and can help save energy and reduce your heating and cooling costs. Since sunlight passes through windows, by having blackout shades installed during the winter, you can keep in the heat (and keep the heat out during the summer). During both seasons, blackout shades can serve as insulators.

Since blackout shades are pretty standard, you can customize the color and fabric. They offer a sleek look to your window, but if you want to decorate your window even more, consider adding draperies or a valence. All in all, blackout shades are effective. If you’re looking for a good night’s sleep on Madison Avenue with all the commotion, blackout shades can surely help you achieve that. If you’re looking for a dark living room to watch your favorite movie, consider installed blackout shades.