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. …

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 …

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 …

Top Reasons for Hiring a Custom Window Treatment Design Professional

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It can be tempting for homeowners to consider tackling a DIY window treatment project on their own to save a few dollars instead of engaging the services of a professional window treatment designer. But being penny wise and pound foolish isn’t likely to yield the most favorable results. Below are a the top reasons why it’s best to outsource this project to a qualified designer. Professional Window Treatment Designers Know the Ropes It’s not as easy as it appears to achieve the perfect aesthetic and functional balance given the myriad of fabric choices, design and style selections, and color options. …

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 …

Yes, Window Treatments Can Be Used for Weatherproofing

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Drafty, ill-fitting windows can cause a home’s central heating system to work overtime in the winter and the air conditioning to seep out in the summertime. Older homes are especially prone to heating and cooling losses that can rack up sky-high energy bills. In order to maximize your energy savings, you will need to caulk and weatherstrip around windows to reduce air leakage or infiltration. But, utilizing the right window treatments can not only add beauty and improve the aesthetics of your rooms; they can also help to reduce energy consumption when used as weatherproofing. Layering Window Treatments for Weatherproofing …

Go Green With Window Treatments For Your Home or Office

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Do you know that you can maintain an aesthetically pleasing décor and still “go green” when designing or updating the window treatments in your workplace or home? Some have the misguided idea that incorporating Eco-friendly natural materials makes for a boring sameness. That simply is not so. Vendors today recognize that providing their clientele with environmentally sound options is a necessary business concept. Reducing Your Carbon Footprint Through Window Treatment Design In a recent blog article we published – Yes, Window Treatments Can Be Used For Weatherproofing – we explained how window treatments can add weatherproofing to a home. But, …

Home Theater and Media Room Design Ideas

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Home entertainment has come a long way from the days the family sat huddled around a television and VCR watching rented movies. Today’s home theaters and media rooms incorporate special lighting, room-darkening curtains and acoustical wall coverings that enhance the surround sound for a true cinematic experience. Reclining chairs and cozy couches assure that the comforts of home are included. Today’s upscale homeowners often plan for a specially dedicated home theater or media room to be included in the blueprints of their new homes. However, older homes can have rooms specially re-purposed as home theaters with some modifications and refurbishments. …