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. …

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 …

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 many 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 adequate option for a college …

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 …

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. …

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 …

Window Treatment Solutions for Specialty Window Shapes

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In the past few years, home designs have moved away from traditional rectangular windows. The trend now is more dramatic, sweeping views from tall, floor-to-ceiling and even two-storied windows and irregularly shaped portals. While these window styles have a definite unique and modern appeal, they also present some challenges when it comes to designing window treatments for them. It is important to define what the purpose of the window treatment will be in order to select the best fit. A decorative treatment will be approached differently from one intended for privacy. Once these issues have been settled, you can review …

Design Ideas for Home Office Window Treatment

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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 …