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Traditional Window Treatment Ideas

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Whether you’re looking for traditional window treatments or modern window treatments, three things you need to decide are how much light you would like to let in, your aesthetic preferences and the window measurements. Some windows are hard to find measurements for, which may lead you to seek advice and help from shading professionals, but that’s what you need to figure out.

Traditional Window Treatments

Traditional Window Treatments

Traditional window treatments can be anything from Venetian blinds to drapery systems to honeycomb shades and valences. There are endless options, but these three tend to be popular choices.

First, decide on how much light you want to block. Venetian blinds are a great way to block light. You can open and close depending on the time of day. The downside to this type of window treatment is that they do not insulate heat well. SO, although they may be a good solution for your design needs, consider the lack of energy efficiency they provide before purchasing.

Drapery systems are a great option for any home. Motorizes drapery systems are even better. Once you master the vertical operational system to control sunlight and heat, this window treatment can provide a great aesthetic and design solution. Since draperies can be anything from a sheer fabric to a blackout type shades, you can design your system for your needs. Motorized shading solutions are easy to use and can help control sunlight and unwanted heat if your system can be set up on a timer!

When searching for traditional window treatments, you may face some challenges for awkwardly shaped and sized windows, but don’t give up too quickly. Many manufacturers give you the option of custom window treatments. There are professionals that will recommend the best shading solution for your window, depending on its size or shape. There are always answers!

Traditional window treatments come in more than just the examples we’ve provided. There are folding shades, Roman shades, blackout shades and many more options, but be sure to ask yourself how much light you want to come through, the size of the window and what kind of look you’re really seeking, then start shopping around.

What’s the Difference Between Blinds and Shades?

Posted: Monday, April 16th, 2012 | Filed under: Shading systems, window blinds, window shading, window treatments
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Blinds and Shades

Blinds and Shades

Blinds and shades are quite different, but there is often times confusion between the two. Window blinds typically have slats or vanes (vertical blinds), sometimes referred to as louvers. Blinds can be horizontal or vertical and rotate back and forth (or up and down) to control light. Operating a blind is simple, tilting the slats or vanes will control the light and privacy.

Window shades are different from blinds because they are made with one continuous piece of material or fabric. Window shades are rolled up and down or folded up (folding shades). They come in a variety of fabric and style options, ranging from Roman shades, roller shades and even solar shades.

Both blinds and shades offer shading solutions for windows in your home or office space. There are a few things to consider though when trying to choose between the two. If you’re searching for modern window treatments that will give you privacy, window blinds are a good option. It’s simple to adjust the slates or vanes to allow in natural light which blocking people from seeing in. Window shades also provide privacy, but have to be fully down, blocking the natural light. So, although you’re blocking people from seeing in, you’re also blocking out the natural light. If you choose a thinner fabric, window shades can still allow partial light to enter and keep your privacy.

Another factor to consider when choosing window shades or blinds is the insulation. Choosing a window treatment with an energy efficiency value will help lower energy costs. Window shades have better insulation, hands down. Cellular shades, Roman shades and solar shades all offer great insulation.

Aesthetically, both options offer shading solutions, but you have to consider privacy, energy efficiency and even style when choosing between shades and blinds.

Should I Install Skylight Blinds?

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Skylight Blinds

Skylight Blinds

Skylight blinds are an easy way to control light and heat entering your home or office. Although skylights are a great way to allow natural light in, sometimes the heat and glare may become bothersome. Installing skylight blinds on your windows can help give you control of when to open and close your window blinds.

Skylight blinds and shades are made by a variety of manufacturers including Lutron, Mechoshade, Hunter Douglas and many more. With the range of options you have, skylight blinds can be customized for your irregular or traditional sized windows.

If you’re in New York City or other busy cities with constant light entering your home, consider room darkening or even blackout shades for your skylights. With the variety of fabric choices and window treatment options (folding shades, cellular shades, etc.), you can build your own.

Installing skylight blinds can be tricky, especially if you’re considering blackout shades, so hiring a professional may be in your best interest. Depending on the style or type of skylight blinds, you need to install them accurately for them to work in the ways you need.

Skylight blinds are also offered in motorized options, giving you the ability to open and close your window blinds with ease and as quick as 1, 2, 3. Motorized skylight blinds also eliminate any dangling cords or strings that may be distracting or hanging in the middle of the room. Motorized shades are always a simple solution, but might not be as cost effective as manual. Depending on your budget, both options provide great shading control for skylight blinds and shades.

Insulating Shades for Energy Efficiency

Posted: Wednesday, December 28th, 2011 | Filed under: sustainable living, window shading, window treatments
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Energy Efficient window treatmentsInsulation is an important factor for any window treatments, to help keep in the heat during winter and to help keep out the heat during summer. These types of functions can save tons of money in energy bills.

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Modern architecture and window treatments

Posted: Wednesday, September 8th, 2010 | Filed under: window blinds, window shading, window treatments
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Many newer homes and buildings are designed like that off of a science fiction movie, very modern and very much a look like no other. You will find in modern architecture many odd shaped windows that are very high and are a beautiful site alone. Some windows in modern homes and buildings are art in itself.

It can be a difficult and expensive task in finding window treatments for these beautiful gigantic or oddly shaped windows. In this day in age you will find large rooms with nothing but skylights or that of what you’d expect in a sunroom. In regards to these options it is best to seek a professional in guiding you to the right options for skylight and sunroom shades.

Then you have less complex window types in modern homes and in the workplace of modern buildings but you may be in the position of having oddly shaped windows, large windows, or in the position of being surrounded by many windows throughout. In this case, there are many roller shade, folded shade, and drapery options that will create a gallery of sophistication or an appearance of a modern art palace. Just finding the right look for your needs takes time.

Modern architecture can call more time needed and expenses used when adding window treatments. Just as a wondrous skylight or a room filled with many windows creates a look that is of clean quality, your window treatment can help that room look beautiful even while the windows are covered up. Take your time doing your research and speaking to professionals when you are adding new window treatments to that of a home or building with modern design because you want to make an informed decision and you want your new window treatments installed properly. Not doing so can cost you more in the end due to negligence or due to an unsatisfactory design.