Window treatments finish a room, which is why we always urge our clients to “dress those naked windows.”
However, the wrong window treatment or and outdated design can leave a room feeling dark, heavy and out of date. Updating your window treatments can make a world of difference in a room. Consider these ideas when planning your window treatments to keep your home feeling fresh and bright.
1) Think minimal. The idea of a drapery is to soften the woodwork, but not to block all the light.
2) Mount it high. Make your windows feel larger, and let in as much light as possible by mounting your drapery and valances significantly above the top casing while still covering the casing with the bottom on the treatment. Its an optical illusion.
3)Consider your hard treatment carefully. You want to let light in while maintaining privacy. Don’t choose something so heavy that it blocks all of your natural light. We love Hunter Douglas Silhouettes because they filter the light and provide sheer privacy while open, but close to provide privacy for any room.
4) Pick a current color or pattern, but think about how long you will keep these treatments. If you are spending a lot of money on custom window treatments, choose colors and patterns that will age well. You don’t want to look at your windows in 10 years and think, “That’s so 2013,” the way we see pink bathrooms and say, “that’s so 1980!!!” If you plan to change your treatments in a few years, then its the place to go crazy with the hot colors and patterns like grey, turquoise and yellow!
5) Consider some curves. The point of the treatment is to soften the window casings, so try to avoid more hard lines.
Often accessories and art work are the hardest and most time consuming part of creating a coherent look in a room. This guest bedroom has a gold and chocolate color scheme. The bedding is fabulous, and we wanted the art to be as well.
While the scale of the picture makes it took small, we needed to cover quite a bit of wall in this room. We love our guests, of course, but the guest room is not where we wanted to invest in expensive artwork. SOLUTION: canvases covered in a great fabric.
The photograph doesn’t do this fabric justice. It has too much dimension for my iPhone to catch. This could be DIY project, or you could pay an upholsterer to build the size and shape canvases that you want. We prefer the latter because they will be uniform and the fabric will be taught. What do you think?
The trend for 2013 is bright colors and crisp geometric patterns. Bedding is fun place to play with these trends because it is easy to switch up from season to season.
Not ready to commit to a new duvet? We have the answer for that.
Choose a neutral duvet and add a pop of color in your accent pillows. This season, think lime, turquoise, coral or mint to bring a fresh spring vibe into your home.
Creating symmetry where architecturally there is none.
A lack of symmetry in design – It’s a dilemma: A sliding glass door on one side of your focal point and a window on the other. Symmetry does not exist in the room, and so the focal point feels out of place.
SOLUTION! Treat the window the same way you treat the slider. Notice how we stacked the treatment to opposite sides on each to create balance.
These Hunter Douglas Luminettes shades are pretty, filter sunlight and provide privacy, but unlike a traditional vertical slider window treatment, they work well over a window too. You could finish this look off with matching drapery.
You don’t want to spend money heating the outdoors. Keep your heat in and the cold out with Hunter Douglas window products!
Without energy-efficient window treatments, as much as 50% of a home’s heating and cooling energy can be lost through its windows. All Hunter Douglas window fashions provide window insulation, offering your home increased protection against heat loss during the winter, as well as minimizing the sun’s heat or “solar heat” during the summer. More specifically, here’s how Hunter Douglas products help conserve energy at the window in these three significant ways:
Insulation: Our window fashions reduce heat flow (both heat loss and heat gain) through the windows.
Solar Heat Control: Our window fashions help tocontrol solar heat (heat generated from the sun) by allowing it into your home in the winter and minimizing the amount that comes in during the summer.
Daylighting: Our window fashions enhance daylighting (the use ofnatural light) by diffusing
and dispersing sunlight deep into a room, reducing your need for electrical lighting.
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