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. …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Go Green With Window Treatments For Your Home or Office

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Do you know that you can maintain an aesthetically pleasing décor and still “go green” when designing or updating the window treatments in your workplace or home? Some have the misguided idea that incorporating Eco-friendly natural materials makes for a boring sameness. That simply is not so. Vendors today recognize that providing their clientele with environmentally sound options is a necessary business concept. Reducing Your Carbon Footprint Through Window Treatment Design In a recent blog article we published – Yes, Window Treatments Can Be Used For Weatherproofing – we explained how window treatments can add weatherproofing to a home. But, …

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. …

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 …