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 …

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 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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

New Springtime Window Treatments Can Brighten Your Interiors…and Your Attitude

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For many on the East Coast, this has been a relentless winter. But, Spring is just around the corner, so let your window dressings reflect the light and breezy changes in the weather and your moods. It’s amazing how updating the window treatments in your home can brighten it with a new and inviting appearance that will energize you and your family and put the bounce back into your step. Window Treatment Transitions with Colors, Fabrics and Hardware Swapping out the heavier fabrics that protected your home from winter’s wrath is one way to transition to sunnier days. Lighter weight …

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 …

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 …