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Renovating Window Treatments

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Renovating Window Treatments

Motorized Window Treatments

Window treatments are an essential piece of any interior décor. If you’re renovating, one of the most important aspects you should be considering is your window treatments. Window treatments can be anything from Roman shades to honeycomb shades to motorized roller shades. Most window treatments can serve both the aesthetic function you’re looking for as well as solar control.

Depending on the window(s) you’re working with and the “feel” you’re going for, there are endless possibilities. If you’re looking for function as well as aesthetic, there are also a number of options:


Draperies come in so many fabrics, it’s easy to customize for your home. If you’re looking for blackout draperies, it’s possible to purchase draperies with a blackout liner. Most draperies offer a decorative look and can provide solar and heat control.

Folding Shades

Folding shades are both decorative and versatile. They are a classic window treatment option and can add a warm feeling to any décor. Some examples of folding shades include Roman shades and honeycomb shades (accordion-style pleated shades). Folding shades are no exception to the variety of fabric and pleat choices, so they can meet your style and function needs.

Roller Shades

Roller shades have become more popular in modern and contemporary style homes because of the sleek, clean and minimal look they bring. Roller shades control the sun and heat while minimizing the bulky hardware other window treatments include. Roller shades can be customized to include a blackout or privacy layer and can also be motorized. Manufacturers of roller shades have started to offer “green” fabrics as well, giving you the option of using LEED certified fabrics.

Again, it all comes down to the style and function you’re looking for. When renovating a home, consider window treatments to be just as important as your furniture. They are not only complementary but offer a great feel for any room.

Kid’s Room Window Treatment Ideas

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Kids Room Window Treatments

Kids Room Window Treatments

If you’ve just moved into a new home, are currently renovating or have a new family addition, there are many ways to decorate your kids’ room. Since safety is always the number one concern for children, it’s important to find a balance between safety and inspiration. You want to design and decorate a welcoming environment for infants and children.

Avoid any long window treatment designs, such as draperies. Anything dangling is a safety hazard and a child can become tangled in the fabric or even worse, pull on the fabric and risk pulling down all of the installed hardware. If possible, avoid long cords too. Anything that a child or infant can pull on isn’t good either. Also, don’t position cribs or beds close to the any cord that might be associated with your window treatments.

Instead, consider cordless or top down/bottom up roller shade options. These are just as effective for solar control, less the dangling cord feature. Many families have opted for motorized shades as well. These types of shades have motorized control features that operate the opening and closing of window shades with the touch of a button.

One other option to consider when choosing window treatments for your kid’s room is blackout shades. Blackout shades, light-tight shades and other dark fabrics can help block out the sunlight when you’re trying to lay down for bed, or even nap time. To keep the fun environment, consider painting the bedroom a yellow or blue so the blackout liners don’t darken the environment too much. Try to find a good mix between window treatments and paint colors so the room is still inviting and fun.