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How to Clean Your Window Treatments

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visionaire_pageNow that you have invested in the perfect window coverings for your home, you want to preserve them so that they retain their fresh, crisp look.  While drapery is often best left to professional cleaners, styles such as roman shades and other residential shades benefit from attention during regular cleaning routines.  Becoming familiar with the best ways to clean your window coverings can help you to avoid grayed fabrics, prevent stain damage, and keep them free of dust and allergens for years to come. Read more »

Choosing Modern Kitchen Window Coverings

Posted: Thursday, March 5th, 2015 | Filed under: window blinds, window shading, window treatments
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P1050261(1)The kitchen is the heart of the home, made all the more beautiful with the addition of modern kitchen window coverings to let in streams of light, add color and texture to the space, and function well with eh activities taking place within the modern kitchen. Read more »

Home Design Trends: The Man Cave

Posted: Thursday, October 3rd, 2013 | Filed under: blackout shades, drapery systems, interior design
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Bathroom Shades

Nobody is really able to pinpoint the exact moment that the “man cave” became a feat of interior design, but it has officially happened.  Previously, a “man cave” was your typical basement or extra garage space, or any place where the man of the house could place a favorite chair and hope to spend a few moments alone in peace and quiet.  But somewhere along the last few years, the man cave has taken on mythic stature and as its popularity continues to grow (social network HOUZZ sites over 11,000 man cave projects photos shared by members), so does the competitive nature of “man cave” owners who now know how much more than a spot in the basement, their special space can be. Read more »

Child Safety: Window Treatments

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Blind Cord Safety

Blind Cords

Window shades or blinds don’t often come to mind right away as a child hazard, but they definitely can be. Cords, especially can dangle low and can be easy to reach for children. Not only can they pull on it hard enough to remove the entire mechanism, but they can tangle themselves very easily. Many cords also have a gripping piece at the end that is small enough where a child can swallow it. There are many ways to keep your child safe and to update your window treatments for your child’s safety. Read more »

What’s the Difference Between Blinds and Shades?

Posted: Monday, April 16th, 2012 | Filed under: Shading systems, window blinds, window shading, window treatments
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Blinds and Shades

Blinds and Shades

Blinds and shades are quite different, but there is often times confusion between the two. Window blinds typically have slats or vanes (vertical blinds), sometimes referred to as louvers. Blinds can be horizontal or vertical and rotate back and forth (or up and down) to control light. Operating a blind is simple, tilting the slats or vanes will control the light and privacy.

Window shades are different from blinds because they are made with one continuous piece of material or fabric. Window shades are rolled up and down or folded up (folding shades). They come in a variety of fabric and style options, ranging from Roman shades, roller shades and even solar shades.

Both blinds and shades offer shading solutions for windows in your home or office space. There are a few things to consider though when trying to choose between the two. If you’re searching for modern window treatments that will give you privacy, window blinds are a good option. It’s simple to adjust the slates or vanes to allow in natural light which blocking people from seeing in. Window shades also provide privacy, but have to be fully down, blocking the natural light. So, although you’re blocking people from seeing in, you’re also blocking out the natural light. If you choose a thinner fabric, window shades can still allow partial light to enter and keep your privacy.

Another factor to consider when choosing window shades or blinds is the insulation. Choosing a window treatment with an energy efficiency value will help lower energy costs. Window shades have better insulation, hands down. Cellular shades, Roman shades and solar shades all offer great insulation.

Aesthetically, both options offer shading solutions, but you have to consider privacy, energy efficiency and even style when choosing between shades and blinds.