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Window Treatments for Fall

Posted: Thursday, October 11th, 2012 | Filed under: Green shading, Greener living, sustainable living, thermal window treatments, window treatments
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Thermal Window Treatments

Thermal Window Treatments

Fall is a great time of the year to change your window treatments. Leaves are changing colors, weather becomes cooler and it’s very common for people to leave their windows open to enjoy the beautiful cool breeze.

Before you know it, fall turns into winter and winter turns into the holidays, so keep that in mind when thinking about changing your window treatments. If you’re always looking for ways to change the look and feel of your home, there are plenty of window shade options to choose from. Since fall weather is cool, you might want to start thinking about the winter months and thermal insulation to keep the heat in and the cold air out.

Fall is a great time to start winterizing your home. Start thoroughly investigating your windows to look for any basic repairs or air sealing that needs to be done. If you’ve noticed a draft coming through the windows, now is time to start thinking about fixing that. Seal leaks with caulk or foam and even using heat-shrinking plastic can help.

After winterizing your home, thinking about your window coverings. Winter window treatments are a great way to save on energy costs. By hanging window treatments such as thermal drapes or window quilts, you can save energy and even lower your heating bill. Because glass doesn’t slow the transfer of heat, the best option is insulated window treatments.

If you’re thinking about draperies or thermal window coverings, also consider motorized options or systems to install for easy opening and closing. Drapery systems can be installed in any home, on any window and the type of shades are up to you. There are tons of fabric choices, thermal and non-thermal to keep your home fresh!

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.

Questions to ask Before Deciding on Window Treatments

Posted: Thursday, October 6th, 2011 | Filed under: Green shading, modern window treatments, window treatments
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If you’ve decided on adding (or changing) window treatments in your home, but can’t decide on what you want, be sure to run through this list of questions. Each window is different and every room in your home serves a different purpose. There are plenty of window treatments, window shades and window coverings to choose from, so there’s no doubt you can find the best window treatments for your home.

1. Do you want light to enter the room? If so, how much?

Depending on which room your adding window treatments to, that will most likely determine how much light you want to enter. If your windows face the sun, you’re probably going to want the option of keeping the sun out or letting it in. Different window shades can provide different levels of light entering a room.

2. Do you want privacy in the room?

Of course, most homeowners will want privacy in their homes, especially if you’re in a highly populated area, like New York City, but not all rooms need the same amount of privacy. Window blinds and window shades will allow you to determine the amount of privacy your want to keep. These types of window treatments allow opening and closing based on your preference at a specific time.

3. What are the needs for each room in your house?

Each room in your home has a different feel and purpose. When deciding on whether window shades or window blinds will be better, consider the needs for the room. Are your window hard to reach? Do you want full privacy? Do you want to keep the room energy efficient? Do you want the cords to be hidden behind the window coverings?

4. What type of style are you looking for?

Once your determine the function of the window treatments, you can move on to the “fun” part, style. Adding your personality to your home will allow you to choose the right look based on your personal preference. Most window shades, window blinds and other window treatments are customizable.

Take your time when choosing window treatments for your home. Explore your options before deciding on the best treatments. Ask yourself these questions (and others) to help choose the best window treatments for you.

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.

Window Treatments for Office Building

Posted: Tuesday, September 6th, 2011 | Filed under: commercial window treatments, modern window treatments, window treatments
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The environment and lighting has a significant effect on workers in and office building. Dark spaces tend to dampen the moral of employees, where natural sunlight releases endorphins that improve emotion and mood. Natural light allows ideas to flow as opposed to dark rooms where the brain doesn’t flow ideas as well. You need to take into consideration the location of your windows in comparison to the sun throughout the day before you decide on what window treatments will work best for your office building. Some spaces have a lot of windows, some have little, you need to consider glare problems especially with computer screens. All spaces are different and therefore require different window shades.

Folding shades make great window treatment solutions for offices. They are the classic window covering for style and function. To keep your office neutral, consider Roman shades or honeycomb shades. There are many different types of fabric and colors to choose from. Folding shades allow employees to open and close their window shades when needed. These types of window treatments are designed to be energy efficient. In the summer, these shades provide a barrier between the sun and the office space and can keep out the scorching heat.

Solar shades may also be a great office window treatment solution. They are designed to control sunlight and heat penetrating the window. This type of window treatment cuts glare and filters light. Employees can retain privacy while still seeing outside. Solar shades are common in smaller office spaces, but can be spread throughout offices as well.

Both folding shades and solar shades give offices a sharp look while being practical in terms of function. Offices throughout New York City and New Jersey use a variety of window treatments, depending on the location, the type of business and so on and so forth. Window treatments can improve the look of your office space as well as the atmosphere.