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Window Treatments for French Colonial Homes

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Window Treatments for French ColonialsWhen French colonists settled in the Louisiana Territory in the early 1700s, they were influenced by the building techniques of the Caribbean and West Indies.  The homes style that they created is now known as French Colonial architecture.  Common features include wide porches, French doors, and raised living quarters.  The unique characteristics of the style influence homeowners’ choice of window coverings.
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Blackout Shades Versus Room Darkening Shades

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Blackout ShadesWhether you are seeking to improve the quality of your sleep or planning window coverings for a room with a special function such a media room, blackout or darkening shades may be the best choice for your windows.  While they both can help with decreasing the amount of sunlight that enters your space, there are differences between them.
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Window Covering Trends for Bathrooms and Indoor Spas

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Bathroom Spa WindowsWhile the weather is no longer ideal for outdoor spa usage, many homeowners will be relaxing in the comfort of their luxury bathroom spa or simply treating themselves to well-deserved soak in a designer tub.  Bathrooms require a high level of privacy and also come with their own unique challenges due to their floorplans as well as the shape and size of their windows. Read more »

Window Shades for Solar Control

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Solar Control

Solar Control

Not all window shades are designing for solar control, many are simply for décor. If you’re in the market for new window treatments, it’s important to thoroughly identify your needs for window shades. If you’re simply trying to add some color to your room, in addition to the honeycomb shades already on your window, you may not necessarily need solar control. In other cases, if you don’t already have window treatments on your windows, purchasing window shades that don’t protect against the harsh sun, you can fight against your air conditioning.

Many different window shade manufacturers offer solar control options. One of the best options for solar control is a drapery system. Since most draperies are thick and can protect your interior against harmful light or heat, they are a great option to consider in any room of your house.

Drapery systems allow you to adjust your curtains horizontally along with the sun’s movement. You can open and close your draperies throughout the day to allow light in at certain times, and keep it out when the sun is at it’s strongest in mid afternoon.

To ease the process even more, you should consider motorized systems for your draperies. There are a variety of different motorized shades solutions that can be customized for any home. Motorized systems are very easy to use and can be set up on a timer! So, instead of manually opening and closing your draperies all day every day, set up your motorized system to do it automatically for you.

Draperies are a great option for solar control, especially because fabric and color choices are almost endless. You can even opt to add a blackout fabric liner in your curtains to fully block the light. This is a great option for bedrooms, media rooms and other living spaces in your home.

Aside from draperies, there are solar rolling shades that offer a clean, simple look to your home. There are honeycomb or Roman shades, all of which can be customized for your style and need. Most options are also available in a motorized system, so keep in mind the simplicity, compared to manually operated window shades.

What Are Privacy Shades?

Posted: Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012 | Filed under: Blockout shades, natural light, privacy window treatments, Roller Shades, Roman shades
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Privacy Shades

Privacy Shades

One version of roller shades that have become quite common, especially in the New York City area are privacy shades. Privacy shades allow you to control the view from outside in. Not only can privacy shades be installed as window treatments, but also they can serve as a divider in your home.

Privacy shades are installed as a solution to shield others from seeing into your space, not necessarily for solar protection. Although there are other roller shades that provide solar protection and privacy, such as room darkening shades or blackout shades. Depending on the opacity of the fabric and material of the shade you have privacy and light control options. Obviously, the darker the fabric color, the less chance people will see throughout your shades.

Privacy shades can be installed in commercial or residential spaces. Many offices have conference rooms or executive offices that are in need of privacy at times. Privacy shades are a great solution and make great window treatments for the home or office. If you customized your roller shade fabric to include a privacy shades fabric, you can achieve both privacy and sun control!

If you’re looking for a complete blackout or room darkening shade, consider a different solar solution. Blackout fabric is often found in different roller shades and can block up to 99% of visible light from entering a room. Some fabrics can also block noise as well, which is a common request amongst New York City residents.

The most common privacy shades are used to block outside viewers from seeing in, a simple “wall” in between. If you’re more interested in blocking the light from entering your home or keeping the sun and heat out, consider blockout or room darkening shades. Both are solutions for light and solar control and provide great window treatment options to match your existing décor!