Window Treatments. Friday , September 28th , 2018 - 23:36:52 PM
Let's begin with the basic question, "what do you want to do?" Sounds easy enough. Do you want to block sunlight altogether? Do you have a window that just gets morning sunlight, which is softer than afternoon light and therefore needs just a little bit of control? Or do you have windows that get a maximum amount of sunlight throughout the day and therefore need the most light control options available? Another function of window treatments is privacy. If your windows are on the first floor and at a level where anyone outside could peer in, you might like to have the option to block their view at times. Other windows are at a height where no one could look inside and therefore you might not have any privacy considerations at all. Perhaps you have a window (or windows) where there is no need for light control or privacy. Should you do anything at all there? You will also want to consider the energy-efficiency of window treatments, such as those that will block the heat from the sun, or allow more sunlight in to warm up a chilly room.
Window Blinds and Shades. Blinds and shades are very clean, contemporary window treatments that are distinctly different from drapes or curtains. Blinds are fabricated from an impressive range of materials from bamboo, jute, or paper to various woods like mahogany, pine, or oak. Vertical blinds are often the go-to-choice for large windows, but custom blind makers can treat any size window with horizontal blinds as well. Another treatment similar to blinds are known as panel tracks, which are usually made from fabric and are attached to tracks so they glide easily along your large window. They feature clean edges and modern design and as such panel tracks are becoming a popular window treatment.
The first known types of window treatments are drapes and curtains. There are the two panel curtains that actually hang from the sides of the windows. Such window curtains are designed to filter out the direct sunlight from the sun during the raw and open summer months as well as retain heat when it is cold in winter. They therefore serve a dual purpose whilst beautifying the home as well. In addition to these you also get the window drapes that are very convenient if you have a radiator under the window sill. The best drapes are the ones that are made from cotton. This material does not lead to room heat congestion, and on top of this they are easy to wash and keep clean. Besides these there has been a resurgence of a half-way curtain that covers only the lower half of a window.
Once you know what you need, take the time to select several color samples that appeal to you. Look at a variety of magazines or books on window treatments to get a good feel for what styles you like best. If you gravitate towards the unusual and complex fabric window treatments, seek out a credible interior decorator in your area. Ask them if they are willing to help with window treatments alone, as opposed to someone who only works on whole rooms or a whole house. Many interior decorators have software that can help them design a window treatment just for you, and they have the resources to purchase the fabric, have the window treatments custom-made, and professionally installed. It isn't as expensive as it sounds, it takes all the guesswork out of it for you, and if anything goes wrong you have someone who is responsible to fix the problem, which can relieve you of a lot of headaches. And remember, any funds you spend having your home tastefully decorated is an investment not only in the value of your home, but also in yourself. Coming home to a place that reflects your personality and is in harmony with your inner being is infinitely rewarding. If your tastes are simpler or your budget dictates that you go it alone, then at least you will have armed yourself with the knowledge of what you need and like before you're bombarded in the stores with all the choices. This will help you bypass all the things that don't fit your requirements without a second glance and save you considerable time. If you're still uncertain, ask about the stores return policy just to make sure you can take anything back that doesn't look right once you get it home.
Minimal. The best minimalist window treatment is no treatment at all! Unfortunately, not all of us live in an area where we feel comfortable bearing it all and we must provide some sort of boundaries to prevent our home lives from being public peek-shows. This can be done by utilizing untraditional materials such as colored glass, recycled plastics, or luxury textiles. Colorful panes can interact with the light, or a solid block of sheer fabric can produce a very understated window effect.
In today's tough economy, more and more people are struggling just to be able to provide the very basic necessities for their families and cannot afford the luxury of purchasing home furnishings or window treatments and other decorative items for their homes. So, what do you do with those bare windows or those outdated and unflattering window coverings that you've been displaying for the past several years? Believe it or not, affordable coverings are within reach, even in today's economy. Here are a couple of tips on how to avoid spending too much money on window treatments.
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