How to Safely Clean Your Window Treatments

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Once you’ve designed and installed the perfect window treatments in your home or business, you may be wondering how best to clean them. Dust and allergens can accumulate, so it’s important to establish the right cleaning method and do it routinely. Below are some tips on ways to clean the most widely used types of window treatments. Curtains and Draperies Generally, if you keep dust off of your drapes, curtains, and valances, you should never have to clean them. Use the vacuum’s upholstery attachment set on low suction to gently lift dust off of the fabric panels. Remember that the …

Benefits and Advantages of Roller Shades

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The décor and style of a room are significantly affected by the window treatments. Roller shades are an aesthetically attractive way to accentuate the decorating tone of living rooms, bedrooms, kitchens and other rooms throughout your home. They have a timeless, classic appeal that can be updated and modernized with a few design touches. Simple, Elegant, and Practical Roller shades streamline the look of any window treatment and offer a clean, uncluttered look that is a perfect fit for modern luxury homes. Both understated and sophisticated, their design can be expanded upon with other window treatment accoutrements or left in …

Using Window Treatments to Highlight Rooms When Staging Your Home for Sale

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Appearances and first impressions mean everything when you are selling your home. The idea is obviously to emphasize the strong selling points and to minimize any possible flaws. One must-have is to make sure that every room in the house has lots of natural light. Some lighting aspects can’t be easily altered, but one strategy that all homeowners should consider is to enhance their current window treatments or add new ones, to make the lighting appear as flattering to the home as possible in order to attract potential buyers. Take a critical look at your present window treatments. See them …

Plantation Shutters . . . Furniture for Your Windows

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Plantation shutters are an elegant design addition to any home and add to both the home’s aesthetic and financial value. These perennially popular additions to upscale homes of any style have slats that are fitted onto a frame inside of the window. Interior shutters are an attractive, long-term design investment for any finely furnished home. The insulation potential of interior shutters during harsh winters contributes significantly to energy savings on heating bills, offsetting the initial expenditure in just a few years. An often overlooked benefit of installing shutters in your home is that according to the IRS, the installation is …

Making the Right Color and Fabric Choices for Your Curtains

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When choosing the colors, fabrics & trim for curtains and window treatments, there are certain factors to keep in mind. Color is very important, as it can be used subtly to tie the room together in a unifying color scheme or as a contrast, making the window a bright and dramatic focal point. Before choosing colors, it is important to decide what type of ambiance you want for the room. You also want to take into consideration the number of windows, their sizes and spatial relationship to one another on the walls of the room. Color Choices are Important A …

Why Choose Custom Window Treatments Over Ready-Made?

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When making decorating decisions about your home, at some point you will be making choices regarding your window treatments. The first decision is whether to go for ready-made or to invest in custom designed treatments that will meet all of your aesthetic needs. There are a number of factors to consider when making this choice. Pricing It is no secret that ready-made window treatments will be less expensive than custom made selections created by a design professional. But as with most things in life, you truly get what you pay for. So while selecting store brand window treatments is an …

The Ultimate Guide to Window Treatments, Part III: Applications and Trends

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This post is the third segment of our 3-part series, The Ultimate Guide to Window Treatments, and it covers the trends and applications of custom window treatments. To pull the look of your window treatments all together, it’s important to choose just the right rods, rings and finials. Any drapery hardware that you select must bear the full weight of your fabrics, so never skimp on this selection. Lighter, airy fabrics can flow down from thinner rods, while heavier draperies with insulating qualities will need something more substantial. Window Treatment Challenges Some homes have beautiful architectural features that can present …

The Ultimate Guide to Window Treatments, Part II: Styles and Designs

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In Part I of the Ultimate Guide to Window Treatments, we discussed the two basic types of window fashions, Hard Treatments and Soft Treatments. This article covers the different styles and design options for your window treatments. There are many factors that can impact your design decisions, including the architectural design of your home, your décor style and the room’s purpose. Let’s examine the many possibilities for draperies first. Drapery Designs Most agree that draperies add a luxurious touch to any room. They are most appropriate in formal settings, like living and dining rooms, but are often used in bedrooms …

The Ultimate Guide to Window Treatments, Part I

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Some consumers are daunted by the array of window treatments available to choose the finishing touches for their home décor. It’s easy to be confused by some of the terms used in the industry. This article, the first in a series of three articles, is the Ultimate Guide to Window Treatments. Below are some simple definitions to help you understand and identify the different window treatment terms and options. All window treatments fall into two basic categories: hard or soft. Hard window treatments are those made from non-fabric materials, while soft window treatments are those made or assembled from fabric. …

New Springtime Window Treatments Can Brighten Your Interiors…and Your Attitude

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For many on the East Coast, this has been a relentless winter. But, Spring is just around the corner, so let your window dressings reflect the light and breezy changes in the weather and your moods. It’s amazing how updating the window treatments in your home can brighten it with a new and inviting appearance that will energize you and your family and put the bounce back into your step. Window Treatment Transitions with Colors, Fabrics and Hardware Swapping out the heavier fabrics that protected your home from winter’s wrath is one way to transition to sunnier days. Lighter weight …