Treat your beautiful windows right! Photo Credit: srbyug
Floor-to-ceiling windows invite the outdoors in and enhance your views, but if those windows are facing west you could be a victim of high energy bills and faded furniture.
There are options for covering your windows that filter out the sun’s glare but still allow natural light to enter the room, without sacrificing the view. If you aren’t concerned with views and are looking for options that will reduce radiant heat or add privacy, you’ll find plenty of ideas here.
Cellular shades are the most popular window treatment, followed by Roman shades. Honeycomb shades, single cell, double cell, and triple cell are all part of the cellular family. These shades take up the least amount of window area, leaving your views almost obstruction free. Cellular shades act as great insulators – the air gets trapped inside the combs and keeps the cold out in the winter and heat out in the summer.
These are an ideal option for fully taking advantage of your views because the slats are drawn up into a tight stack. Wood and faux wood blinds add a bit of cottage coziness while retaining a rich, clean appearance. They’re affordable and practical.
There’s something Feng Shui or Zen about woven wood shades. They add warmth, texture, character, and an overall peaceful ambiance. The woven wood family includes eco-friendly bamboo, rattan, jute, grass, and reeds. There are numerous colors, textures, and designs available; they’re affordable, and they come with options that block light.
A classic look with unlimited options, Roman shades can be made with varying levels of light control, including total privacy room darkening options. The sky is the limit with regard to fabric choices, colors, and textures as you can create your own custom shades to match your décor.
Plantation blinds, a.k.a. plantation shutters or wood shutters, offer a traditional, timeless look that creates long-term value and increased appreciation of your home. They’re great insulators and come in wood, composite (faux wood), and vinyl. Choose louvers in various widths and various frame options with single or multiple panel configurations.
Floor-to-ceiling plantation blinds create grand visual impact. If you’re having a difficult time visualizing floor to ceiling plantation blinds, click on this link and look at the 2nd to last picture: http://www.danmer.com/medgal/photogalleries.asp
A great window covering that offers crisp pleats and an affordable price. Available in a broad spectrum of colors, styles, and privacy and light control options.
Good old fashion drapery has always remained a popular choice in window dressings. You can doll up your windows by adding valances for a formal look or use earth tones over chic decorator rods and holdbacks to create a more classic look. If you have wood blinds you can add drapery to soften the look. Get your drapes lined for added insulation.
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