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Sunrooms and Greenhouses Sustainable and Fashionable

Posted: Friday, June 13th, 2014 | Filed under: Greener living, Greenhouse shades, sunroom shades
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IMG_1661When real estate housing and apartment décor trends are discussed there are very few features that everyone can usually agree on as being highly covetable (especially if you live in New York City).  However, there is one perk that is considered a coveted luxury no matter where you live:  a greenhouse space or sunroom.  On top of being a stunning décor choice, greenhouse rooms or sunrooms have the added bonus of potentially helping you save energy (with the proper window shading options) during both warm and cool months. Read more »

Window Treatments to Keep in the Heat

Posted: Wednesday, December 21st, 2011 | Filed under: Greener living, Shading systems, sustainable living
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Designer window treatments

Designer window treatments

Window treatments are more than just an accent to your home; they are great energy savers as well. Window treatments provide insulation during cold winter months and do just the opposite during summer months, repel the heat. There are many different window treatments to choose from, from folding shades to Roman shades to draperiesand beyond. Based on the types of benefits you’re looking for from your window treatments, you can start considering options for your window shades.

 

During cold weather, windows are the cause of heat loss. If you’re looking for window treatments to cover your windows during winter, there are a few different options. Roller shades offer homeowners a great solution to keeping the heat in their homes. Since roller shades offer a clean, minimal look, they are great compliments to any interior furnishings. Roller shades sit very close to the glass on windows, reducing convention currents, which doesn’t allow the heat to escape. Since roller shades are available in a wide variety of fabric options, you can meet both your design and function needs.

 

Any type of insulated window shades or blinds can help reduce heat loss in your home. Honeycomb shades are good insulators and offer a simple design element to your home. Since the honeycomb style window shades offer separation of warm and cold air, they keep the heat in and the cold out. Again, offered in a variety of fabrics and the choice single or double honeycomb configurations, you can customize your shades for both your style and function needs.

 

Draperies are also great energy savers for your home. The key to using drapery systems is to make sure gaps are closed at the top and on the sides of the window treatments. Let the draperies hang down to the floor (or window sill) “closing” the bottom gap as well. This will help keep the warmth in your home for winter, saving costs on heating bills.

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.