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Window Treatment Ideas

Posted: Wednesday, September 28th, 2011 | Filed under: interior design, modern window treatments, window blinds, window shading, window treatments
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Dressing windows with window coverings can be a huge decision in decorating or remodeling your home. From roller shades to draperies, there are perfect window treatment combinations for every home. Window treatments can serve as a primary decorating piece while also serving as a practical decision. Window shades, blinds, draperies or even a combination of these can be a very functional solution to blocking sunlight and providing privacy for your home.

There’s more to picking and choosing when it comes to window treatments. Homeowners should evaluate their functional needs first. What rooms are you working with? What do your windows face? How important is privacy? When does the sun hit this side or the house? Once you evaluate the function you want your window coverings to serve, you can move on to the window architecture. Is your window oddly shaped? Do you want to add space? Is there an arch? How is your window constructed and what features do you need to take into consideration? Now onto the fun part…

To determine the type of window treatments you should be looking for, decide on the style of the room first: traditional or contemporary? This will help you start in the right area. For contemporary styles, think about window blinds. Traditional styles may include draperies or roller shades, but with the appropriate accenting you can mix and match.

The color is also an important design option you want to play around with. Depending on which type of window covering or window treatment you choose, colors can add to make a better look and feel. If your room is neutral, you may want to add a bold color to add a “pop” to your room. You can also stick with the neutral feel also.

Make sure your window treatments add balance to your room. Sometimes less is more if you already have a busy room. Roller shades add a simplistic look while patterned draperies add a texture to the room. Depending on your style, any window treatment can be customized for you home.

Planning Window Treatments While Building a Home

Posted: Tuesday, September 20th, 2011 | Filed under: modern window treatments, privacy window treatments, window shading, window treatments
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With construction, whether it’s home remodeling or building a new home, it’s important to plan ahead for window treatments. Taking time to identify the types of window treatments and window coverings for your home, before the construction is complete will result in a more cost-effective and practical outcome. Since window treatment selection can be difficult due the variety of options, the benefits of deciding on the type of window covering during construction are endless.

When building a home or remodeling, selecting the type of windows should be followed by selecting types of window treatments. Style, shapes, size and location of the window will all determine the type of window coverings necessary for a particular room. Arched and angled windows will allow the warm sun to enter during the winter months, but how will you keep the heat out during summer? If your customized window faces the sun in the morning, should you consider privacy shades? What type of window coverings will agree with your style and serve as a practical window shade? All these questions should be addressed during construction.

Many home owners in the New York City area have chosen to incorporate motorized shades into their home. The best time to install these window shades is during construction when electric plans and construction can be thought out together. Motorized shades allow for quick, one touch window solutions. The size of your windows as well as the placement of windows is important during installation. Motorized shades, like most other options can be customized for your windows.

Different Window Treatments for Your Home

Posted: Saturday, September 17th, 2011 | Filed under: interior design, Shading systems, window blinds, window shading, window treatments
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You cannot only enhance the look of your home with window treatments, but with the many options available you can add privacy, block/retain the heat and increase the value of your home. With endless options of different types of window coverings and window shades, you can add some personal taste with a touch of style to your home. Some of the popular choices in window treatments today are below:

Window blinds: If considering window blinds for your home, there is a huge variety available. Being one of the most popular options as well as most inexpensive, window blinds can enhance your space. Horizontal blinds are most commonly used for standard sized windows, while vinyl blinds, paper blinds and slat blinds can be customized.

Draperies: For window treatments in New York City and surrounding areas, draperies may be the preferred solar control option. Drapery systems that include both horizontal and vertical are most effective. Maximize the effectiveness of sunlight control and heat with draperies while adding a bit of style to your room.

Shades: Window shades are another option for window treatments in your home. Coming in many different options: folding shades, roller shades, Roman shades and more, you can customize your window coverings to your liking. Folding shades, motorized or not, can meet your shading control needs. Choose to create a bottom-up option or traditional. Roman shades are a type of folding shades that stack up in evenly size panels when the shade is lifted, another option depending on your taste. Roller shades provide many options as well, from fabrics to systems to styles. While providing a minimal look, roller shades control sun, heat and glare while minimizing the bulk.

There are also other options to choose from when deciding on window treatments. Keep in mind the rest of the space and keep the overall look consistent. From window coverings to draperies to window shades, explore your options and choose what works best for you and your home.

Window Treatments and New Construction

Posted: Tuesday, September 13th, 2011 | Filed under: Green shading, interior design, window shading, window treatments
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Considering window treatments during the construction process of your home can be very beneficial. Planning and budgeting for window treatments before the building phase is becoming an important part of residential construction. With the variety of window treatment options, from roller shades to folding shades to solar shades and more, homeowners can choose their preference ahead of time.

Motorized shades have become a popular choice for homeowners, integrating lighting, audio visual, home automations and even home theater systems. Controlling your window shades with the touch of a button is a desirable feature for your motorized shades. Installing motorized window shades during construction can help cut costs in comparison to adding the option after construction. Residents on Park Avenue, Madison Avenue and throughout New York City have experienced such options during their construction phases. Being able to provide the electrician with wiring plans will ensure your desired outcome.

Planning out the interior of your home with architects and home designers can result in the best outcome. Window treatments can be chosen based on the type of windows you’re covering, the furniture in the room or many other reasons. Working with your construction crew to accommodate for specific window coverings can also help. Larger windows may require extra framing to accommodate the extra weight of the large window shade chosen for it. The wood block should be a certain thickness based on the window treatments you choose.

Window treatments and window shades require some thinking and planning. If you’re working on new construction, it’s very helpful to plan your window treatments as well as the rest of the building work. The time and construction to accommodate certain window coverings can be incredibly valuable for your home and your wallet!

How to Make Your Office Green

Posted: Friday, September 9th, 2011 | Filed under: commercial window treatments, Green shading, Greener living, interior design
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Window treatments can enhance your office space as well as provide sun and heat control. Aside from style and function, window treatments can be “green.” There are a few ways to keep your office energy efficient through your window treatments. Many window treatment manufacturers are now offering eco-friendly products, which is a start, but there are other ways in addition to the actual product to help make your office more environment-friendly.

Window treatments are a great way to keep your office space energy efficient. All window treatments provide some sort of insulation, helping to keep out the heat in the summer or maintain it in the winter months. There are specific products that are made for preventing heat loss or gain, such as honeycomb window shades, which have been found to be one of the most energy efficient window treatments on the market right now. Honeycomb shades are a type of folding shade that when installed closely to the glass window with the sides of the shade close to the wall, can reduce heat loss by up to 50%! These are a great way to save energy in your office (and reduce your heating bill).

Many window treatments are made from natural materials (cotton, silk or hemp). Most natural materials are re-used or recycled and much better for the environment. Roman shades are a great example of window coverings that offer shades from raw materials and non-chemical fabrics. You can design your Roman shades from a great selection of fabrics and materials.

Another “green” option to think about when choosing office window treatments is the type of materials your window coverings are made out of. Most window treatments are made from natural materials and don’t affect the air quality if your office space, but there are exceptions. Plastic window shades often contain polyvinyl chloride (PVC) which releases carcinogenic dioxin into the area, decreasing the air quality. Many times, this can affect respiratory problems and inhibit hormonal systems in the body.

There are always things to consider when choosing the best office window treatments for your business. “Green” options are a great way to help the environment, keep the quality of your air positive and reduce your heating bill! Business across the country and many in NYC have chosen green window treatments for their office. There are many styles to choose from and most manufacturers now offer environment-friendly products.