• Advantage of Natural Shades

    Many window treatments utilize synthetics or metals but there is something to be said about natural shades.  The impact these shades have within a room is unlike any other.  The following are just some things to keep in mind when considering natural shades like those made from wood or grass:

    Feel

    Since wood, reed, and grass shades come from natural materials, they warm up a room and can alter the feel of the entire home.  This is particularly true if there are other natural elements in the room.

    Materials

    Natural shades come in a vast array of materials.  For instance, woven wood shades can be found in various color woods or even bamboo.  You might even find natural yarns created into shades.

    Colors

    Just because it is a natural shade doesn’t mean you are limited by colors.  Natural materials come in a variety of colors that accentuate and enhance a home’s decor.

    Trims

    Natural shades don’t have to be plain or “vanilla”.  You can get them with various edge trims that change the personality of the look. Soft and flowy to crisp and geometric.

    Variety of Shapes

    If you have a variety of window sizes and shapes, do not be afraid of natural shades.  They can custom made to fit your needs.

    Automated or Not

    Similar to shape, the desire for automated window coverings shouldn’t dissuade you from using natural shades.  They are able to be installed with a diverse number of operational mechanisms.

    Lining

    Similar to draperies, your shades may also have either regular or blackout lining so that you may have energy efficiency and all the benefits of linings.

    As humans, we often try to find synthetic or human made solutions. However, we often forget that nature has already provided us with many of the solutions we seek.  Natural shades are a perfect example of the benefits of using what we have.  If you have questions about natural shades, talk to the experts at Armand’s Drapery.

  • Hanging your Draperies

    For months, we’ve spoken about the beauty and impact of draperies.  However, without a means to hang the drapes, all we have is fabric.  So how do we transform a piece of fabric to draperies?  Does it matter the method?  The short answers are yes the method matters and there are several ways in hanging your draperies.

    Where to start in Choosing the Best Way in Hanging your Draperies

    In the modern age, draperies do not have to be stationary objects.  Mechanisms exist to allow for draperies and their lining to automatically open and close.  Thus, ask yourself, do you want to have stationary drapes or movable ones.  If you prefer stationary draperies, which are mainly for decoration, then a short rod would suffice. However, if you are going have them move, then you should consider a track that either functions via wireless technology or embedded wiring.

    The Size of the Drapery Rod Matters

    When determine the size of the drapery rod, look at the room and fabric.  What is the size of the room?  How heave is the fabric?  If the room is small, you don’t want a rod that overwhelms a room.  Also, the weight of the fabric will also impact the size of the rod that is needed.  For instance, a rod that is merely 1 inch in diameter can only support more delicate fabrics.  Therefore, keep the above in mind when determining the rod size.

    Styling

    Keeping the home and room looking clean and balanced is impacted by each aspect of the room.  The styling of the rod could clash or alter the entire feel of the area.  If the room is filled with silver and you put gold rods, it could cause the room to look chaotic.  Alternatively, should you have an intricate rod head when the rest of the room in minimalistic then your room could feel confused.  Keep in mind the style you are seeking when choosing how to hang your draperies.

    Avoid Mass Market Items

    If you get custom draperies, do not cheapen out and get ready made rods.  These are not built to handle the weight and quality of custom draperies.  They are prone to bending, sagging, and potentially breaking.

    The bottom line is that the way in handing your draperies impacts your room just as much the fabric itself.  Take the time to educate yourself and choose the right drapery rod for your home.  If you have questions, reach out to the experts at Armand’s Draperies.

     

  • Curtain Ideas

    The months of August through October tend to be some of the hottest months in the Bay Area.  Your curtains and drapes could provide a relief from the temperatures and provide a different look to help you showcase a new look for your home this summer and fall.  Here are some ideas to try with your window treatments:

    Color

    Your parents may have told you when you were younger to not where a black shirt when it was hot.  The same is true with your home fabrics.  Darker colors absorb heat while lighter colors make the room cooler and more radiant.  Over the hot months, you could look towards alternative window coverings that are lighter in color.

    This doesn’t mean you should switch to white or other “boring” colors.  There are many pastel colors that are light and beautiful.  Do not be afraid to step out of your comfort zone to make your room beautiful, bold, and colorful.

    Lining

    We spoke earlier in the month about the importance of lining for protection for UV ray damage.  However, curtain linings also have the added benefit of keeping a home cool.  Linings provide a benefit in the winter of keeping the cool out but over the warmer months, they keep the heat away. This provides greater energy efficiency and utility cost savings.  This is particularly true for windows that face the sun.

    Fabric

    Lighter fabrics are the best for the hotter periods of the year.  They allow beauty and protection while allowing an open feel to the room.  There are several types of materials from linen, cotton, and synthetic blends.  They also come in a variety of colors that can help the home.

    Some may thing going through an interior change just for a season is ridiculous but it’s an inexpensive way to get a hole new home every six months with little work as well.  If you have questions about window treatments, talk to the experts at Armands.

  • Protecting Fabric – Lining

    Your window coverings, furniture, and bedding are all made of fabrics.  The ultraviolet rays of the sun will damage fabrics.  Just as suntan lotion is needed for your skin, your home and fabrics need protection too.  To do this, especially when they are delicate fabrics, it’s important to take special care.

    Linings are the key to this care.  High quality linings can provide a filter to protect them from direct sunlight.  They are the lotion for your home.  Several companies make such linings and they can provide a barrier while keeping the beauty of your drapes.

    Alternatively, a family can choose to utilize blackout linings.  Some hotels utilize this as they give their guests the ability to sleep in.  They are also in some homes due to their ability to create a completely dark room.  They usually will block 99% of the damaging rays of the sun.  Most materials can be attached to such linings.

    Beyond the benefits to your drapery fabric, blackout lining can also add a layer of protection to the other fabrics in your room.  Since many couches and other furniture have their own fabrics, the lining and it’s strong filtering ability also allows them to be protected.

    Blackout lining is not without its cost.  It can be calculated to be several hundred dollars for an entire home.  However, the protection it provides can provide its own cost savings as furniture and other fabrics would not have to be replaced as often.  It has been shown that the life of furniture can be expanded by years through having such lining.

     

    Regardless of the choice of lining, it’s important that you select one type in order to protect the fabric and furniture within your room.  For questions on linings, please reach out to Armand’s Drapery to answer your lining questions.

  • Using your Window Coverings as a focal point

    A specific spot in a room that grabs the maximum attention, can be termed as a focal point. It can be your fireplace, art pieces or your windows.  The point varies depending upon how your room is furnished and/or laid out. And, if you are passionate about adding visual warmth to a room, then adding the right window covering can add aesthetic values to your home and  help achieve both the look and feel you desire. 

    Here are some of the design trends of window coverings that you can use as a focal point. 

    Organic window covering:  As the name suggests these are made up of natural biodegradable materials such as bamboo or matchsticks. Some light can diffuse from it and so you can peep out of your window anytime without breaching your privacy.

    Colorful covering:  While coloring your window covering you can lure the attention of your friends and colleagues visiting your house. Window covering in blues along with a variety of ocean hues in teal can make the appearance spectacular. So, whether you are going for aquamarine and soft green, you can choose soft lavender and dusty hues or make use of persimmon, orange and emerald, for jewel tone; to uplift the room in the best possible manner. 

    Luxury fabrics:  Luxury fabrics from velvets, damasks, Belgian linen, silks, leather, or suede you have a variety of options to choose for luxury fabric. For those who desire for embellishment and luxury, these trends will always remain a popular option. 

    Combination of textures:  You can choose from a wide variety of best window covering such as rough linen and sleek metal combinations. This adds interest while embellishments such as embroidered trim or rivets provide an unexpected twist. 

    These are a few ways that you can keep in mind for making the best use of window coverings as a focal point. If you have questions, you can reach out to Armand’s to go over your window coverings options.

  • How a Custom Bedspread Can Make the Room

    A good quality bedspread is the real jewel of your bedding. Your bedspread tends to be central to the style of the room as well as  your comfort while sleeping. Few other features of the bedroom lure the attention like a bedspread. And yours can be crafted with material that is beautiful, comfortable, and fits your style.

    Materials used especially for design and manufacturing are great for skin and assure you the best result.

    The most striking benefit of a custom bedspread is that you can customize it to fit your home decor.

    Of course, when it comes to bedspreads, you don’t want to compromise the look or the feel. We’ve all seen people choose form over function to disastrous results. With your custom bedspread, you won’t have to do that.

    Thus, to enjoy both the perks of a quality bedspread (quality and beauty) at the same time, you can create a custom bedspread that helps to uplift the room’s value. The first place to start your search is a quality fabric store where you can select from a wide variety of fabric designs and materials.

    How to Style Your Custom Bedspread

    When you look for the custom bedspread, you have the freedom to choose from material to design, size and pattern of your bedspread. If you wish to replicate the design bedspread of a magazine then you are free to do so.  However, if you will use a fabric store, make sure they have the ability to create the bedspread too so you do not get stuck learning how to sew.

    As we’ve discussed, your bedspread should be a focal point.  Your bed is the largest piece of furniture in your room, therefore, the first item that catches your attention. Make it standout with a beautiful bedspread. While customizing it, you can you pick both the fabric types and colors as well as the overall style of your bedding.

    In addition, if you get a customized bedspread, you are also able to utilize the same fabric to further accentuate your room with window treatments.  Rooms with complimentary bedding and drapes stand out and are coming back in style.  For style and comfort, it’s worth making the investment on the bedspread as they maintain the glam of room forever.

    Should you want to check out fabrics or have questions about bedspreads, reach out to Armand’s.

  • Maximalist Decor: What Is It?

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    There are so many options when it comes to decor philosophies. While you may have heard of minimalist decor, you might not be aware that a maximalist decor tradition also exists. Maximalism is the total opposite of minimalism and is all about bold color, detailed patterns and luxurious fabrics. It’s already a huge trend for 2019 and will only continue to be popular as more and more people jump on the maximalist bandwagon.

    Maximalist vs Minimalist

    Maximalism is all about power, passion and joy expressed in a room’s decor, it’s something sung compared to minimalism’s whisper. For those who love glamour and luxury, maximalism is strongly attractive. However, others might be intimidated by this bold look that can take a space to new heights. For them, the quiet organization of minimalism may fit better.

    How to Maximize the Style in Your Home

    Maximalism is all about excitement and passion, which is immediately felt the moment you step into the room with such rich decor. When making maximalism work in your home, it’s all about having fun and making it your own. Focus on patterns, colors and textures and then choose ones that really catch your eyes and bring out the joy in you.

    Do you believe that interiors need to be fun and exciting, to make you smile? Maximalism does exactly that, which is why the trend is becoming so popular now.

    Here are some tips on how to incorporate Maximalism into your own space:

    Start Small

    If you’re not sure where to start, it’s better to try it in small doses so that you don’t overwhelm yourself. Start by bringing in some colorful cushions in bright and bold tones then try scattering them on your existing sofa or chairs. Add other accents as you find the things that please you. Once you get braver, you might want to add bold wallpaper to the room to up the ante!

    It’s All About Balance

    Maximalist style is about balancing carefully-thought out design with eclecticism, so it’s important that you connect your interior choices to bring the look together. Have a balanced distribution of patterns, textures and colors in a room for a symmetrical space, which will then allow you to layer even more!

    Tell a Story

    Try to add in accents and pieces that tell a story. Maximalism works best when you have a common theme throughout the room, with each piece telling part of a greater story. Do you want your home to bring up ideas of the Southwest? A redwood forest? The Renaissance? A botanist’s greenhouse? Know what you want to bring to mind.

    Make the Space an Extension of Your Personality

    Always stay true to you and what you like. Let the room be an extension of your personality. Choose colors you love, prints that bring you joy and furniture that you adore!

    Armand’s Drapery can help you with choosing window coverings and reupholstering your beloved furnishings to meet your new style. With our help, your home will look “maximum” stylish.

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  • Designing Window Treatments: Dos and Don’ts

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    Your window coverings are strongly influential on your home’s overall look and feel. That’s why knowing the tips and tricks of using window covering design to make your home feel just right is so important. Without guidance, you could make a room feel smaller or darker accidentally. With that in mind, here are some design basics to know:

    Don’t Mount Hardware Just Above Windows

    Mounting window coverings directly above windows misses a great opportunity to create the impression of larger windows. Mounting above the top of the window, even up to the ceiling, creates vertical lines and grand scale that give the impression of much larger windows. Conversely, low-mounted window treatments can shrink windows and give the room a crowded look.

    Hang Window Treatments Wide

    By hanging your curtains wide, you’ll make the room look bigger and better! Curtain rods can extend past the window by as much as you like, as long as you also have the appropriate amount of drapery fabric to cover from one end of the rod all the way to the other when the window dressing is closed. This can make your windows look quite large.

    Do Choose Floor Length Curtains

    Stopping curtains at window sill length is a common mistake. Cutting short the curtain length is quite a large visual mistake, though. The long lines of floor length curtains create the illusion of a larger room and larger windows. For a tailored look, they should just kiss the floor or hover over it about half of an inch.

    Layer Your Window Treatments

    The best styled windows always have multiple layers of window treatments. They might combine blinds, roman shades, drapes or valance combinations. With more window treatments, you get a more appealing aesthetic, better light management, and better insulation.

    Don’t Go Solo

    Deciding on window treatments is best done in the company of a professional designer, window treatment expert, or interior decorator. Armand’s Drapery has experts available to help you make great window covering decisions.

  • Minimalist Home Decor: Window Options

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    Window dressings are foundational to your interior decor. They set the stage for other elements of design, and are needed to regulate privacy, light, and temperature. When creating a minimalist aesthetic it can be a struggle finding the perfect, streamlined look. However, there are numerous minimalist window options available to choose from.

    Minimalist Home Decor

    The minimalist look has a calming, orderly charm. If you’re loving minimalism, you can dress your windows with a wide variety of clean looking options. Curtains are not the only choice for style and privacy! Here are a few stylish minimalist window options that’re stunning and go with your look:

    Wave Pleat Curtains

    These are curtains, but they hang in a large, clean way, with low visual detail because of the way they interact with the rod. The look is elegant and simple, and really complements larger windows. Don’t lose the minimalist style by choosing a print, though! Go with a solid or interesting texture to keep the look minimalist.

    Ceiling Mounted Rods

    Stay within your minimalist theme by using ceiling mounted rods. Hanging curtains from ceiling to floor creates dramatic scale while keeping thing simple. This way, you get to maximize views and create a polished look that’s not distracting. If you want ultimate luxury, install motorized curtains to control how much sun gets in with the flick of a switch, or on a timer. As always in minimalism, avoid prints.

    Shoji Screens

    If you want balance and calm, a shoji screen is a great fit. These panels of canvas or rice paper can hang from a ceiling mounted track and made to move seamlessly with drapery wands. This is one of the more expensive window covering options, though.

    Cellular Shades

    Also called honeycomb shades, cellular shades fold up when open and expand to hold channels of air when closed. Cellular shades are great for insulation, but also they have a crisp, clean look that fits right into the minimalist aesthetic. They can be even mounted within a window frame, contributing to the look of a seamless wall surface.

    Roller Shades

    Roller shades can be fabric or natural or synthetic reeds. The fabrics available can be sheer or opaque prints, solids, or textures. Even with a print it’s hard to make a roller shade look messy. They’re the simplest looking window treatment out there.

    If you need any help deciding what to do with your windows, feel free to contact Armand’s Drapery for advice on both form and function.

     

  • How To Insulate Your Windows

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    If your home is hot in summer and cold in winter, then your insulation can use improvement. Heat and cold enter your home in a number of ways, including windows! Whether heat radiates in through a window, or cold air seeps in through cracks, you can remedy a lot of this yourself.

    You can do one or all of the things listed below, depending on the current state of your windows and how insulated you want to be. These tips are mostly inexpensive, and you’re sure to recoup costs on heating and cooling bills!

    Caulk Gaps And Cracks

    Cracks around your window frames, or between the glass and frame, can let in outside air. If you have cracks, you’ll need to seal them with silicone caulk. It’s easy to do and inexpensive. All caulk needs to be reapplied periodically, so it’s something you may be doing every few years.

    Add Weatherstripping

    Weatherstripping is installed from inside the home, and belongs between moving parts. It’s simple to apply and won’t leave any residue or mess when you remove it.

    Use Spray Foam for Large Gaps

    If your window has large, accessible gaps around the window frame, then you’ll need to insulate your windows with expandable foam. Thanks to a long nozzle, spray foam can reach hard-to-reach areas, allowing you to completely fill in the large gaps effectively.

    Thermal Window Treatments

    Energy efficient window treatments or thermal curtains provide excellent insulation. You can choose either dense, insulatory side-drawn draperies for your windows or vertically-drawn pleated blinds (also called cellular or honeycomb). These are specially designed for their effectiveness at  controlling temperatures inside your home.

    Use Film to Insulate Your Windows

    If your window frames are perfect, the glass itself can still be an insulation weak point. You can purchase transparent film kits made just for this purpose. The film can be trimmed, and attaches to the window frame with double-sided tape. To tighten the film, lightly blow warm over it with a hair dryer. Insulating air fills the space between the double-glazed window panes, creating a dead air pocket that will hinder thermal and air infiltrating your home.

    With all these tips combined, the change in your home temperatures will likely be drastic. But you don’t have to do them all! Just a well fitted set of thermal drapes or cellular blinds will make a world of difference is summer and winter.

    If you have questions, contact us at Armand’s Drapery today!