• 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!

  • Child Safe Window Treatments: Cordless Blinds

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    Do you worry about child safe window treatments? Do you get frustrated with your blinds’ cords? It can be scary when the cords get shredded or tangled between each strand. Are your kids at risk? Sometimes cords even break apart; making it almost impossible to lower and raise your blinds. However, most of us tolerate our blind cords till they’re completely broken. Holding our breath and watching kids closely. A messed up cord generally doesn’t seem like enough to spend money on a new set of blinds.

    There Are Serious Safety Considerations

    Recent data has given us a new and very compelling reasons to banish blinds with cords. Your child or grandchild’s safety is in fact at risk. Data over the last several decades has found that cords are a choking and safety hazard for young children. In fact, Consumer Product Safety Commission classified corded window coverings one of the top 5 hidden hazards in American homes. Infants and children can accidentally become entangled in window blind cords. Kids can have their breathing impacted when they’re stuck in them. 

    Buy Cordless for Child Safe Window Treatments

    Blinds and shades have dramatically changed over time. Now, they’ve developed hidden mechanisms where you use your hand to just raise and drop them. Cordless blinds and shades are safer and better able protect your vulnerable family members.

  • What is a Valance?

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    As you evaluate your home decoration, window treatments like blinds, curtains, motorized shades, and draperies are what most families compare and consider. These all have advantages and disadvantages, but one will probably stand out as right for your home.

    What is a Valance?

    Before deciding if you should get a valance for any window treatment, you’ll need to know what a valance is. The short answer to the question “what is a valance?” is a decorative topper that cleverly disguises the hardware of draperies and blinds. Another advantage of a valance is that it adds a finished look and frame to the window whether it’s open or closed.

    Some Valance History

    Valances have also been called window top treatments. They were common in the Victorian era, especially with fabric matching the draperies. As blinds have become more common, valances have been used more with them. In fact, most blind companies offer matching valances. Thus, valances range from the basic to the glamorous.

    Styles

    Most valances are usually a piece of fabric that attaches to a metal or wood rod. The type of fabric could be a light weight cotton, silk, leather, or almost any type of material. For blinds it’s often more of a rigid box. It’s attached to the rod with brackets. As a result, valances come in different dimensions, but most are some type of rectangle.

    There are numerous valance forms from balloon to swag & tail. For instance, with a balloon valance, a lightweight fabric is used to create a “ballooning” out appearance to it. A swag & tail has the shape of a sideways “C” with a tail of fabric coming down on each side. These are just a couple examples but numerous others exist.

    If you want to discuss valences and how they can accentuate your home, don’t hesitate to contact our window treatment experts at Armand’s Drapery.

  • Hunter Douglas Blinds and Shades: How They Differ From The Rest

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    If you’re looking for new blinds for your home, you may be researching which blinds are the best on the market. In your search, you’ll definitely come across Hunter Douglas blinds and shades because reputation and record as top quality. With so many rave reviews, you’ll understand why Hunter Douglas offers better window treatments.

    How are Hunter Douglas Blinds and Shades Different?

    Long Term Investment in Perfecting Window Coverings

    For them, the perfect window treatment isn’t just a window cover. They’ve dedicated 100 years to studying the various properties of light in order to better their products. In the process, they’ve discovered new ways to manage the daily influx of light in to a room, privacy and energy management needs every home has. Thanks to their findings, Hunter Douglas has been able to create innovative window treatment options that not only add style to a room, but also value and function.

    Making the Styles that Lead the Way

    You see, they’ve actually invented a lot of window treatment designs that have become popular in the industry. Other window blind and shade companies have tried to copy their designs, but have failed.

    Today, their iconic Duette Honeycomb Shade is a favorite among consumers thanks to the special shape that provides unmatched energy-efficiency benefits. And their most recent offerings have integrate with smart-home operating systems that work with the shades to perfect their positions any time of the day. Hunter Douglas blinds and shades are the best because they live on the edge of innovation.

    Because these stylish additions can be a long-term investment, a strong warranty matters. Hunter Douglas has a long heritage and passion for their products. Their window treatments are made using quality fabrics and materials. And their lifetime limited warranty ensures that their beauty endures for a long time!

     

  • How To Pick The Right Drapery Fabric

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    When you’re decorating your home, you need items that complement your style and décor preferences. Of course it’s important to choose the right drapery fabric for your window treatments! This can feel overwhelming with a vast selection to choose from. In order to choose the best drapery fabric for your design needs and space, here are some helpful tips:

    Colors

    The easiest thing to decide is what color of drapery fabric you’ll need for your space. To find the best complementary color, look at the other colors in your space, such as the furniture, walls and accents. Once you narrow down a few choices, get a few sample swatches. Make sure to get light, bright, subdued, and dark versions of the colors you like. This can help you see which one is the most flattering for your space. Remember, your drapes will be much larger than your samples, so image large blocks of the colors you’re considering.

    Patterns

    If you want to add fun or movement energy to the space, you can go with patterns! Especially if you have mostly neutral or plain items, patterns might be a great way to complete the space and make it more vibrant and fun. Consider how the pattern fabric will look from far away. Step back and give it a once over to see if it all meshes well together. Remember that patterns will look different on folded and flowy fabrics, like many drapes.

    Fabric Weight

    Another important consideration is the weight of the fabric. There are plenty of options out there from translucent sheer fabrics to heavy insulatory ones. Make sure you find something that’s the right weight for your window treatment. Discuss it with your professional drapery maker if you’re not sure.

    Fabric Repeat

    You might be wondering what the heck this is, but it deals with the size of the patterns on the fabric. The larger the pattern is, the larger its repeat will be. In this way, a low repeat print will appear fewer times in the same space than a smaller (higher repeat) print. So if you chose a fabric with a larger repeat, you may need more fabric to match the pattern when adding valances and other window treatment accents.

  • Honeycomb Window Shades: One Sweet Window Covering!

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    With so many window covering options, trying to find the best one for your home can be quite overwhelming! Let’s look at honeycomb shades. They not only provide you with the protection and shade you want from window coverings, but also style you crave. They match just about any décor and will add to your home’s overall style.

    What are Honeycomb Window Shades?

    Honeycomb shades are also called “cellular shades” because of their unique shape. They’re the best insulating window treatment you can buy, making them popular with homeowners looking to save on electricity. Thanks to their honeycomb-shaped air cells, these lightweight window treatments trap a layer of still air. This creates an effective insulation barrier to keep your home warm or cool throughout the year. They come in either single cell or double cell and will save you money on heating and cooling costs over the years.

    Duetta Architella from Hunter Douglas

    Hunger Douglas’s all-new Duette Architella Collection is actually an evolution in honeycomb shades, which is why they’re one of the best options on the market today. They feature a unique and state-of-the-art honeycomb within a honeycomb design that provides a deep, luminous color, true opaque appearance and improved pleat retention. They’re soft to the touch and feature higher R-Values than comparable pleats, meaning they conduct very little heat or cold. If you want the best, the Duette Architella Collection honeycomb shades are a true distinctive option. Different than anything else available on the market.

    Duetta Architella Honeycomb window shades are soft and luxurious, yet durable at the same time. You can choose between a wide variety of honeycomb pleat sizes, colors and textures. Available opacity ranges from sheer all the way to opaque. You can use them to cover any window, regardless of size, shape or location thanks to innovative hardware systems that Hunter Douglas Duette shades offer.

    Hunter Douglas is actually the originator of the honeycomb shade! If you want the best, go with the brand that first created these highly popular window shades that are beautiful and effective. Besides energy efficiency, they offer the best pleat retention, light control, privacy options and are easy to maintain and care for.

  • Blackout Curtains: How To Get The Darkness You Crave

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    Blackout curtains aren’t just for your bedroom. They can be used in any rooms of your home that you want to block light from entering. The great thing about many blackout curtains today is how stylish they are, coming in a range of colors and textures. Not only do they function well, but they look good, too! Here are some tips on how to choose the best blackout curtains to get the darkness you crave:

    There’s A Difference Between Curtains And Drapes

    Many people think that curtains and drapes are the same, but they’d be wrong. Curtains features only one layer of fabric and will allow some light to enter a room. Because you want the room void of any light, you’ll need thicker fabric to do so. Drapes are thicker, extend farther past the window edges, and can feature blackout attributes via a special layer of blackout fabric. Although drapes traditionally were darker colors, they are now available in lighter options, including white.

    Keep Your Curtains and Get Darkness

    You can add blackout curtains to your existing window treatments. You’ll just need special blackout curtain liners that you can hang on a double rod or clip them onto the existing rod. You can purchase white blackout curtains to preserve the light, fresh day time look.

    A Ride Range of Options

    With so many blackout curtain options, you’re bound to find the perfect ones to complement your room. There are a wide range of colors, patterns and more. Whether you like rod pockets, grommet tops or even roll shades, you’ll find that there’s a blackout fabric option to try.

    They Not Only Keep Out Light But Benefit Your Home

    Blackout curtains are great because they not only keep out unwanted light, but can lower your electricity bills. They cut the amount of UV rays and sunlight that enter a room, which protects floors and furniture from sun damage and fading. You’ll see that they can keep a room cooler during the summer, while also letting you get some much needed sleep!

    Blackout curtains are wise investments for your home. They’re affordable and stylish and make a great addition to various rooms!