3 Tips for Choosing Window Treatments

Like rugs and accessories, window treatments are an important design element. They can add subtle hints of color to a room, create privacy, and frame an already beautiful view. Here are some fresh ideas:

1.     Choose the Material

Depending on the look you want, you can choose different materials for your blinds and shades: wood, metal, and plastic, to name a few. Wood and organic materials create a more traditional and natural ambiance, while metal can modernize your space.

For curtains, the fabric can make or break a room. Designers often opt for simplicity of design but elegance of fabric. If you’re leaning toward a luxurious style, for instance, imagine beaded tassels and lavish embellishments on every element of the window. If your tastes are simpler, cotton is a perfect go-to fabric that is sure to please.

2.     Pick the Right Hardware For Curtains

With the trend toward “green” environments, naturally made hardware is making its return. Bamboo, wood and natural materials are now replacing sparkly and man-made hardware because people are opting for sustainable products. Handcrafted hardware can be the perfect complement to beautiful fabric and room accessories. If wood hardware isn’t for you, metal drapery hardware can look equally stunning when paired with compatible colors.

3.     Optimize Natural Light 

Bamboo shades are great for letting in dispersed light and maintaining privacy.  Soft, lightweight fabrics that do not completely block out natural light are are also a fine choice for curtains and can be fun to mix up with different patterns. Whites with delicate patterns, yellows, and light blues are always welcome in rooms that may need a little extra brightness.

Now you can create beautiful window treatments with more confidence!

Winter Window Treatments to Keep You Warm

We are all familiar with harsh New England winters. As the cold rolls in and we take out extra blankets, it’s important to remember ways to keep heat in our homes–rather than continuously turning up the thermostat. Do you want to eliminate drafts and insulate your home creatively? Why not start with your window treatments? They will ultimately save energy and money.

Draperies can reduce heat loss by up to 10%. Hang them as close to the window as possible, allow them to fall onto the windowsill or the floor, and close them whenever it’s overcast. For maximum results consider hanging two draperies together, which will allow the room-side drapery to maintain the temperature of the interior space.

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Shades, which are offered in a variety of styles, including fabric, solar, and wood, can be one of the simplest window treatments for saving energy. For greater efficiency, hang shades as close to the glass as possible, make sure the sides of the shade are close to the wall, and lower them after dark. You may want to consider deeply colored shades, which will attract more sunlight and therefore help warm your home. Another great option is Roman shades, which feature several layers of material and sealed edges, making them a great air barrier.  

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Blinds are a good option if you have a sunny room filled with light. The gaps within the blinds allow sunlight to enter, while the material of the blinds makes it more difficult for heat to escape. You can even have your blinds specially treated to absorb maximum amounts of natural light.

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The best part about window treatments is that they prevent heat loss in a trendy way. Draperies, shades, and blinds can all be incorporated seamlessly into your décor, adding even more personality to your home!