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Window Treatment Ideas – Choosing the Right Window Treatment

window treatment ideasI want you to think about some new window treatment ideas and why you put window treatments on your windows.  Your answer will be different in every room. In rooms such as the bedroom or bathroom, we need privacy. In the kitchen, we may need something to diffuse the bright sun that pours through into your eyes while washing the dishes. In the living room, we may need sound absorption or insulation. In the dining room, we may simply want something decorative to add to the ambiance of the space.

Choosing the right window treatment for your space involves analyzing the reasons behind why you are choosing to cover the windows, and you may have more than one need in each space. Generally, we have a functional need as well as an aesthetic desire which is why the days of mini blinds are behind us! We offer functional shades that are also beautiful.

So, let’s talk about the functions of window treatments and considerations to make when choosing the right product.

030_ScheffDesigns-8-5-20141.) Beauty and aesthetic: We all want to enjoy how our home looks. For this reason, we think carefully about paint colors, the sofa that we choose and the pillows that we put on that sofa.  The window treatments are no different. From hard treatments such as blinds, shades and shutters, to soft drapery treatments, window treatments are a great place to add color and pattern to your space.  Soft fabric treatments soften the window casings and finish a room. Which treatments we like the look of is an important consideration in selecting the right product for our space.

window treatment ideas Vignette Modern Roman Shade2.) Light control:  No one wants a glare on the big screen TV during the game or when you are creating a home theater environment. Do you work 3rd shift, and need to sleep during the day? You probably need a blackout shade with drapery to prevent any light from getting through.  Does the sun stream into your home office hitting you right in the eyes? A blind or shade with the right level of opacity will allow you to enjoy the day light without suffering from the glare.

silhouette_ultraglide_bedroom_33.) Privacy:  Having neighbors is a wonderful part of suburban living, but unless you you live on acres and acres of land or have woods between you and those next door, you need window treatments for privacy.  During the day, those outside of your house can’t really see in, but at night, if you turn a light on, your home becomes a fishbowl.  In my house, unless I close my shades at night, anyone driving down the street can see exactly what I’m watching on TV as well as how many people are in the living room.  In the living room, that’s an annoyance, but we certainly don’t want everyone driving down the street to see what’s happening in our bedrooms or bathrooms.  A top-down bottom-up lifting system can allow you to have privacy in your bathroom, while still letting in sunlight. These are important considerations based on the function on the room and proximity of the window to the road or neighbors.

window treatment ideas closed side view honeycomb shade4.) Sound absorption.  Do you have kids and pets?   If you have large rooms with high ceilings, or just large rooms, the echos of sounds from kids and pets, or just from your own shoes when you’re walking across a hardware floor can be annoying.  The solution to this problem is to use fabric; rugs, fabric upholstered furniture and lined draperies on your windows. These will cut down the sound, and warm up the room, literally and visually.  Do you live on a busy road with lots of traffic? Insulating your windows with a high quality window treatment will help diffuse that sound entering your home make you room quieter and more relaxing.

5Heat Camera Duette Architella photo.) Insulation and Energy Efficiency: Speaking of insulation, some window treatments are excellent at keeping the cold out and the heat in. A honeycomb shade for example will provide you top-of-the-line home insulation helping you cut down on your home heating and cooling costs.  I find that the rooms in my home where I have honeycomb are by far the warmest in the winter months, even when we are fighting the negative degrees that January and February can bring.  Hunter Douglas Duette Architella Honeycomb shades have a honeycomb within a honeycomb.  They are known for their superior energy efficiency, so much so that the Federal Government offered up to a $500 tax energy credit on the purchase of these in 2013.

Silhouette Window Shading6.) Sun Protection: We’ve talked about light control, but let’s also consider protecting your furniture and rugs from the sun, not just your eyes.  If you’ve made an investment in furnishings you want them to look new for some time, but the sun has a bleaching effect over time.  Even a sheer window treatment like a Silhouette, helps to protect your furniture from fading over time.

Time to update the window treatments for your home?

Call us today to book your FREE 1-hour in-home consultation.  We will bring the samples and fabrics to you so that you can choose the right product for your space right in the room the treatments will live in.   Book Now!!!


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My experience with this firm was great. I had Lisa come and show me ensigns for the valances and shades. We decided to do valances for three windows and she suggested it all should look the same with the same material. I have had many comments on how lovely they look and the design. The shades re wonderful and helps us with privacy.

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