Window Treatment Ideas, (How to choose the best one!)

Window treatment are so immediately visible in a room that updating them is a great way to transform your space. But knowing how to choose the best window treatment can be a little daunting. Especially since they are an investment in your home you will likely live with through several changes of furnishings.

A common mistake is to start by choosing the style first, but then you run the risk of falling in love with something that doesn’t meet your needs. So it’s better to decide which type of product (or combination of), will give you the privacy and sunlight control you want. Then look at the styles that offer that.

This overview is designed to show you what the different types have to offer so you can explore your best options for functionality and style.

SHADES
Shades are made of materials on a continuous roll and fit into a window and stack neatly at the top or bottom depending on the style. Shades are drawn up and down by cords or rolled up with a spring device. You can choose different levels of opacity for light preference. The three most popular styles are:

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CELLULAR SHADES: These are a great solution for bathrooms because of the privacy they can give with the top-down/bottom-up feature. You can see out and let daylight in while still being able to move around the room in privacy. An added bonus is their honeycomb design has a thermal effect of keeping cold out and heat in.

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WOVEN WOODS SHADES: Unlined styles give filtered light during the day when closed but are not completely private at night. Lined styles gives less light during the day but are more private a night. They are one of the few treatments that have a self valance feature. They work equally well on standard doors and windows for a matched effect.

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ROMAN SHADES:  When lowered they give light control, privacy and even some temperature control when lined with  insulating fabric. When raised they give the look of a decorative fabric valance which few window treatment do.

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BLINDS: Are made of slats or vanes that drop down as it is lowered or can be pulled across a window. The slats stay closed tightly for privacy and light control, but can also be adjusted to let light in. They are suited for room darkening but not a blackout effect.

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DRAPERIES: Are fabric panels to the floor. They can be stationary and not close, or be drawn over the window. First floor bedrooms especially need both daylight and privacy and there are such beautiful solutions for that. Even when the drapery like the above is closed for privacy during the day it still lets light in. This style window treatment has two options for installing the track, either on the wall or the ceiling..

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BLACKOUT CURTAINS: The most common need for these are east-facing bedrooms, nurseries and media rooms. A blackout lining can be added to any drapery fabric and will darken the room. But for more of a blackout effect, install floor-to-ceiling drapes with blackout lining that extend 18 inches past each side of the window.

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SHUTTERS: These allow you to control privacy and direct sunlight when over the window. If you have enough wall space to swing them open you can also have them off the window completely.  If they are opened by folding back within the window they will extend out from the frame and window sill the depth of the shutter panel.  They will give complete privacy when closed but will not block all the light.

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LAYERED TREATMENT: Cellular shades combine well with stationery fabric side panels in master bedrooms, and living and dining rooms. Disappearing almost completly during the day because of their narrow stack at the top when pulled up and then closing at night to give privacy. In this bedroom a Roman shade is paired with draperies for a different look that lets the stack of the shade form a valance.

In media or TV rooms blackout shades are usually a must. By adding drapery panels you will be doubly sure the room is “movie theater dark”. Combined window treatments, because of the added fabric, will also give you better acoustics.

Now that you are armed with this information on the capabilities of the different treatment options, it will be much easier to choose the best window treatment for your home!

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13 Downsizing Designer Tips, (How to love your next home as much as your last!)

These 13 downsizing designer tips will let you love your next home as much as your last. So if you’re an empty-nesters, or semi or newly retired you don’t have to give up the quality and designer touches you’re used to in order to downsize into a simpler home! 

AND none of these tips require major renovations like moving walls. But instead they are all designed to transform your home by updating and upgrading the finishes and fixtures like paint, flooring, window treatment and light fixtures.

Even your kitchen and bathrooms can be transformed this way by painting, re-facing or replacing cabinets, and replacing countertop, tile, sinks, etc, while keeping the layout.

Downsizing done right will give you the designer looks you love, and without the mess, cost and time of a major renovation.

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#1 PAINT UPDATE
– Keep the Walls Light
Light walls (neutral or pastels) will automatically make your rooms feel bigger.

– Paint the Same Color Throughout
Have one fabulous wall color flows from room to room without a color change to break up the spaces and making them look smaller. (The above is a gorgeous neutral that just keeps flowing from small space to small space all the while making them all look larger!)

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#2 FLOORING UPDATE
– Similar Flooring Throughout
Flooring that is the same, or similar in color will make your floor space seem larger by not breaking it up with color changes. (This small kitchen looks so much bigger because visually there’s so much “borrowed” flooring from adjoining areas.)

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#3 WINDOW TREATMENT UPDATE
– Keep It Similar to the Wall Color
Window treatment that is similar to the wall color will make the wall look bigger by not breaking it up with a color change. (I also like how this treatment goes almost to the corner so it doesn’t break up the wall space into part drapery part wall. )

– Hang Them High 
If you want your ceilings to feel higher hang your draperies at the top of the wall like this room.

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#4 LIGHT FIXTURE UPDATE
–  An Instant Improvement
Light fixtures are so noticeable that updating them will add an immediate designer touch to your spaces. (One reason they have become such a popular design element for any room.)

– Adequate Lighting
When your spaces are well-lite, they will not only look bigger but they will feel cheerier.

– Add Dimmer Switches & 3-Way Bulbs
The multiple light levels dimmer switches and 3-Way lamps will give your spaces means you can vary the mood as well as the light for different activities. Dimming for watching TV and conversation or brighter for reading and hobbies.

BONUS:
HOW TO DECORATE SPACES TO LOOK BIGGER!
Maximize your space to make it seem bigger than it is just by decorating!

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#5 COLOR SCHEME
Use a light neutral and/or pastel color scheme for the major surfaces (walls, ceiling, flooring) and for the large furniture or cabinets and vanities.  You can then accent with:

COLOR:         Accessories. art work, plant and flowers.
TEXTURES:   Fluffy towels, woven baskets in bathrooms. In other rooms consider faux fur pillows or rugs, nubby woven ottomans, velvet fabrics or tall sticks in a floor vase.
FINISHES:    Matte or shiny metals, and mirrors, glass, various wood finishes, and glazed or unglazed pottery.

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#6 GALLERY WALLS
Group your art or framed pieces together. They will not only look better but they won’t break-up the wall space by being scattered around the room.

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#7 MIRRORS
Even though we know a mirror create the illusion of space, it still works! (In modern spaces I like over-sized, decorative mirrors with narrow frames, so there’s lots of mirror with little frame to distract from the illusion.)

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#8 FURNITURE WITH LEGS
The more floor space you can see the bigger your room will look so “Leggy” furniture is perfect for this effect.

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#9 SAME COLORED WOOD FURNISHINGS
You can decorate with different kinds of wood furnishings but if you make them all the same color they won’t break up the room with color changes. (Plus you’ll get a more “pulled together” looking space.)

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#10 USE PAIRS
Use pairs wherever you can: lamps, chairs, art, side tables, bedside tables. Your room will feel bigger with coordinated pieces. (The two sets of paired chairs above balance a space with a number of individual pieces.)

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Keep your area rugs small because the more the floor space you see the bigger your room will look. And make them similar in color to the flooring so they won’t break up the flooring with a color change. (It may be small but this rug adds so much to this bedroom… texture, comfort and luxury!)

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#12 COVERED STORAGE
Use furnishings that will also give you covered storage any opportunity you get:  Bedside tables, side tables, entry and dining consoles. (I especially like this one as it gives lots of storage but has legs so we see more floor space!)

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#13 AVOID CLUTTER & FILLERS
The less little things you see in your spaces the more open, airy and bigger your rooms will feel. Likewise, any non-essential “chotchkes” that aren’t your best pieces (that you would use or enjoy the most) are better edited out. (I like this room because the best pieces all stand out: dining room furnishings, chandelier and art work; without a lot of small things vying for the attention.)

Keep these 13 “downsizing designer tips” in mind and you’ll have the home everyone loves… including you!  Read More