One of the fastest growing trends in today’s labor force is working from home. A recent study indicated that at least 30 million Americans work from home at least one day out of the week. A major benefit to working out of a home office is the convenience of not having an energy sapping commute to face every day. Partly in response to this trend, people are devoting more time and effort into decorating their home offices than they have in years past. But even if you work away from home, having an efficient and well-decorated home office is still desirable.
Below are some suggestions and design ideas for fashionable and efficient window treatment options for any home office.
Distraction and poor lighting can really affect productivity, so one of the key features of your home office should be the window treatments. Preventing glare is important as well. Blackout draperies that limit distracting views can be a viable option for some home offices.
The heavier the drapery, the more noise it can muffle. Consider layered options such as roman shades and drapes so you can choose to shut the world out when you need to concentrate, yet still allow sunlight to feather in when you need a little pick-me-up or some inspiration from a view.
Create the illusion of arched windows in your home office using a fabric valance to add a sophisticated touch. Make the window a focal point by using a dramatic contrasting color.
Blinds, Shades, and Shutters
Window shades are another good choice, especially if the office is a multi-purpose space. Cellular or roller shades allow homeowners to remain in control of the natural sunlight that they allow into the room. Horizontal wooden blinds or shutters can be tilted to allow in as much or as little light as necessary and can even block out some of winter’s chill. There is also the aesthetic value inherent in wooden window treatment accessories – they give an upscale lift to even small spaces, and can be customized to match any décor.
Honeycomb blinds have insulating value as well. Because they come with various operating systems, you can create a streamlined, uncluttered look with no need of dangling cords. They can even be motorized.
Roller shades are not the same as they were in past generations. The newer models come in graduated degrees of opacity, depending on the consumer’s need – sheer, semi-opaque, opaque and even room-darkening. The bottoms can be straight edge, scalloped or other designs. The tops can be concealed with fabric-wrapped valances in coordinated room colors to finish the look and conceal the rolled-up shade.
Shutters across the bottom half of windows are especially popular in coastal home offices. They effectively block out the glare while still flooding the room with top light. They can be opened or closed as privacy or mood dictates.
We can help you decide on the best window treatment options based on your needs and the space. Call us today to schedule your free shop-at-home consultation.
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