Window Treatments: Practical Works of Art

Rugs are the perfect design accessory for a room. They’re stylish, functional, and serve as the definitive decorative piece for any space. But rugs aren’t the only practical yet elegant home accessory on the market—window treatments are a great way to add your personal touch to any room. Just because shutters, blinds, shades, and drapery hardware are pretty standard functions on windows doesn’t mean they can’t be works of art. You can turn sensible window treatments into beautiful decorations by choosing classy, tasteful pieces that complete the design of the room.

SHUTTERS: For shutters, choose a classic look that will match with any room’s décor. Deep, rich wood materials, such as cedar or solid mahogany, evoke feelings of sophistication and refinement. While shutters can effectively block the amount of sunlight that comes through, if you’re looking for a window treatment with more light control, then blinds are your best bet.

BLINDS: Blinds offer maximum sunlight control because you can customize just how much natural light pours in by raising, lowering, or swiveling the slats. Whether constructed from wood, faux wood, metal, or other materials, blinds can be fine-tuned to let in the exact amount of sunlight you want, whether it’s a lot or a little.

SHADES: Shades are a fun—and easy—way to dress up any room. For a living room, Roman shades (also known as fabric shades) are a good choice because they can be customized to look formal yet still modern. An endless amount of decorative options, from classic pleats to cascade designs, guarantee that you will be able to select a shade offering that will go with the living room décor. Another hot design style for shades is the layered look, especially ones that are lined.

Drapery shades offer a chic, polished appearance while the lined layers keep warm air in during the winter and out during the summertime. Lined layers not only look fabulous, but also save energy — what could be better? Another popular style is solar shades, which are window coverings that absorb heat and block out UV rays. These environmentally-friendly shades can protect brightly colored furniture from fading due to high sun exposure. However, if you just want to block the sun and not the window’s view, solar shades are sheer enough for you to see through but strong enough to keep out harsh light. To choose the right solar shade for your home, it’s important to consider how much privacy you need and how much direct sunlight the room gets, which will help you decide on the exact filter percentage you need for the shades.

HARDWARE: Lastly, like a cherry on top of the sundae, drapery hardware can add just the finishing touch you need to complete a room’s look. These days, rods and finials come in so many gorgeous decorative designs that you will have no trouble finding hardware to match your room. Whether you choose classic, contemporary, or eclectic, the fine detail of drapery hardware will add some subtle style to your space. A popular trend right now is simple hardware, or pieces that look clean and understated, adding sophistication without any chunkiness. Unique steel finishes like chrome, brass, polished nickel, and antique bronze are excellent choices if you want a modern look for your hardware.

From the couch to the coffee table to the area rug, there are so many design decorations today that you can pretty much customize your home to appear exactly the way you want it. Whatever interior décor you choose, window treatments are the final accessories that can really tie a room’s look together.

Carpet Installation: Choosing the Right Method

One of the most common techniques is stretch-in installation, which typically includes the installation of both the carpet and a cushioning pad. Stretch-in installation has its advantages, such as providing room insulation, enhancing underfoot comfort, and reducing noise. This method also makes the carpet less expensive to remove and easy to match patterns or repair. If you are considering exposing the surface underneath, such as hardwood flooring, at some point in the future, we recommend using the stretch-in procedure.

A great advantage of this type of installation is that it can cover virtually any floor, even those unsuitable for other carpet installation methods, such as glue-down installation. However, stretch-in installations should be avoided on ramps and inclines, if the humidity level of the room is high, if the carpeting is being used in an office that has fixed but moveable partitions and work stations, or if the carpet has backing designed for glue down installations.

The glue-down approach, another popular method of carpet installation, is illustrated in direct glue-down or double glue-down installations. The direct glue-down technique has many perks, such as making re-stretching unnecessary, providing easier access to under floor electrical, computer, and telephone lines, and usually being less expensive.

The double glue-down method, in which the carpet and cushion are glued separately, provides the stability of direct glue-down carpet but with cushioning, and enhances appearance retention, foot comfort, and overall performance. Both glue-down installation procedures are suitable for wheeled, rolling traffic or ramp areas and are perfect for carpet bordering and inlaying, since a wide variety of designs for both are available and the process is simplified.

With varied types of carpet installation service, it’s easy to get the ideal carpet for your home. Not only do we offer fine custom designed and wall-to-wall carpeting, but our services also include expert carpet installation by a skilled, experienced installer.