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. …

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. …

Window Treatments for Commercial Applications

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The window treatment needs of a business client are different from those of a homeowner. Most commercial businesses strive to achieve a professional appearance that appeals to their clientele without necessarily being a focal point of the office itself. Below are several important considerations when choosing window treatments for your office. Commercial Style Most office settings look best with a solid color or understated pattern used in their window treatments. A layered look with muted sheers underneath heavier fabric draperies that can be opened and closed with minimal effort is a popular choice in most professional settings. Choosing a motorized …

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. …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Drapery Hardware: The Finishing Touch for Your Window Treatments

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No window treatment project is finished until the hardware and accent pieces have been aesthetically integrated into the design. In the past, hardware took a back seat to the window treatment materials, but this is no longer the case. Today’s drapery hardware is made up of an interesting array of materials – iron, brass, copper, glass, acrylic, wood, etc. Choosing the best selections to highlight the finished product requires a professional eye to make sure that the combination works on both functional and stylistic levels. Below are some important factors to consider when choosing your hardware. Form Follows Function Whatever …

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 …