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 …

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 …

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 …

Window Treatments for a Baby’s Nursery Room

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Part of the joyful anticipation of waiting for the birth of your baby is the excitement of planning the decorating of the nursery. Whether or not you know the gender of your child prior to delivery, there are some factors to consider when choosing the window treatments for the nursery room. Safety First No matter how beautiful they may appear, if your window treatments contain safety hazards, they are not for use in your baby’s nursery. Billowy, floor-length curtains look lovely and may be safe for the first few months, but will become a liability once your little one begins …

Benefits and Advantages of Roller Shades

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The décor and style of a room are significantly affected by the window treatments. Roller shades are an aesthetically attractive way to accentuate the decorating tone of living rooms, bedrooms, kitchens and other rooms throughout your home. They have a timeless, classic appeal that can be updated and modernized with a few design touches. Simple, Elegant, and Practical Roller shades streamline the look of any window treatment and offer a clean, uncluttered look that is a perfect fit for modern luxury homes. Both understated and sophisticated, their design can be expanded upon with other window treatment accoutrements or left in …

Window Treatment Options for Glass Sliding Doors

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Sliding glass doors, also known as patio doors, are a popular feature found in many homes today. They open up your living space, bringing in the sunlight and natural beauty of the outdoors while providing easy access to decks and backyards. But finding the best window treatments for sliding glass doors that meet your needs for privacy and efficiency – and that will fit your decorating style – can be a challenge. Here are some important points to consider when choosing window treatment options for glass sliding doors. • These doors are usually in high-traffic areas, and extra consideration is …

Design Ideas for Home Office Window Treatments

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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 …

Using Window Treatments to Highlight Rooms When Staging Your Home for Sale

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Appearances and first impressions mean everything when you are selling your home. The idea is obviously to emphasize the strong selling points and to minimize any possible flaws. One must-have is to make sure that every room in the house has lots of natural light. Some lighting aspects can’t be easily altered, but one strategy that all homeowners should consider is to enhance their current window treatments or add new ones, to make the lighting appear as flattering to the home as possible in order to attract potential buyers. Take a critical look at your present window treatments. See them …

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 …

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 …