Plastic blinds are extremely common on rentals and new homes. It makes sense because they’re cheap and they work. But plastic blinds are the dry bread of window treatments. Let’s look at some ways you can add flavor and make your windows look delicious.
There are two paths to revamping your windows: ordering custom treatments or shopping retail. Getting help from a custom window covering specialist is always best because it cuts down on the risk of error, but you can go the DIY route if you’re on a budget.
First Things First: Before You Buy
Before doing anything else, decide what you want your window covering to do for you. Are you looking to create privacy, control light levels, or make your space meet your aesthetic tastes? Maybe two of these things but not the other? Figure out your priorities before you move forward.
Now check out Pinterest, or Instagram, or where ever you find inspiration. Take notice of window covering where you go. Start paying attention and narrowing down what you like and what you like about those things.
Instead of deciding on an exact budget, it’s good to know what range you’re able to spend. Consider if you’d want to get new coverings for fewer windows to get what you really want where it matters most. Having a whole house of new window coverings you don’t really like doesn’t usually make people happy, even if it keeps them within budget.
And always remember that professional installation should be calculated in as you estimate costs unless you plan to install them yourself.
“Hard” Window Treatments
Some of the things we cover windows with are considered “hard” window treatments. This includes shutters and blinds. Blinds are adjustable and can block most light, let most light through, or do something in between. Shutters can be adjustable, but are not always. There are mass produced versions of these, or custom ones can be made. These impart a clean look, and have simple lines.
“Soft” Window Treatments
Soft window treatments include shades and curtains. Although they don’t allow for light-filtering adjustments like blinds, they come in varying levels of opacity. Curtains bring a soft look, and shades can be soft like roman shades, or be more strict looking, like a roll-shade.
Whatever you decide on, having a professional help you with measurements is always a good idea. Contact Armand’s Draperies with any questions you have or to get started on new window covering today!
There are many window covering styles that are more popular than shutters. Sometimes when shopping for window coverings, people don’t even think of shutters. Or they think shutters are only allowed in the kitchen. In fact, there are no rules. Put shutters wherever you like sunlight peeking through slats.
Solid Wooden Shutters for Romance
Shutters come in numerous materials, and wood is not the only option. It does have a warmth unlike other materials, though. Wood shutters have a special look that appeals to many people. There is a visual weight and solidness that blinds and curtains can’t achieve. A basic, almost old-country romance that hints to safety and security.
Benefit From Technology With Composite Shutters
Composite shutters are wood, as well, but have been crafted from a solid core wood composite material that is impervious to water, and has a sturdy finish. They come in solid colors and can blend in with any decor. They’re made to be tough, yet beautiful.
Poly Resin Shutters Save Your Pennies
Poly Resin shutters are a great option for simple, affordable, and durable window coverings. The classic look of shutters doesn’t have to be expensive! These are a great option if you have a lot of windows to cover, or want the great look that shutters bring without making much of an investment.
What About Shutter Height?
Unlike most other window coverings, it’s easy to get shutters that either cover the entire height of your window, or come up to “cafe” height, meaning only covering the bottom up until usually just over eye level. What height is right is up to you. People that love sunlight tend to choose cafe height to let in sun even when blocking the view.
Whatever aesthetic you like in your home, we have what you need. If you have questions about the possibilities with shutters, or want to compare them to other options, contact Armand’s Draperies at 925.283.8717 today. In fact, contact us for any window covering or upholstery needs you have, any time. We’d love to help.
You just moved into your East Bay home or want to get a fresh look for your interior. New draperies can do wonders but where do you begin? Which one do you choose? Here are some factors to consider in making your choice.
The fabric is going to be the critical element in creating new draperies for your home. Because they are such a large element in the room, drapery can direct and change the whole styling of your space.
Style meets function
The style of drapery panels will go hand-in-hand with a fabric selection. For instance, if your area gets a large amount of sunlight, a thicker fabric will help receives large quantities of sunlight, then you will want to select a thicker fabric for energy efficience and to provide better temperature control. However, if the view is imporatant, then a more translucent fabric may provide what you need.
One of the easiest choices for fabric is solid colors. A general rule of thumb is to choose a shade that is slightly darker or lighter than your wall color. The choice is generally a personal preference. By going in this direction, everything stays uniform and creates a beautiful room.
While solids are easy, patterned fabrics can give the “WOW” look. This results in having one of the largest impacts through patterns. Large patterns grant a clear direction for the style of your room. You use this pattern as your room’s inspiration point. Should you like patterns but you don’t feel good about a “screaming” pattern, select a medium- to small-patterned. If you much prefer a more conservative look, a smaller-scale pattern will work flawlessly into a much larger plan.
If you are looking to have a “taller” looking room, vertical stripes will help to raise the ceiling of a room and provide an overall height boost. In contrast, horizontal stripes can help to widen the look of a room. Another beautiful aspect of stripes is that a room can truly become whole by having a good color combo within the stripes.
Beyond the colors and patters, the actual fabric can really add styling to the room. Hand-painted fabrics, crewel linens, metallic-glazed fabrics and three-dimensional fabrics are just naming a few. The beauty and uniqueness of these fabrics do come at a cost. However, they make them originals. If you fall in love when seeing one of these fabrics, don’t hesitate as the cost could be well worth it.
Weight and texture
A final aspect of the selection is the weight and texture of the fabric. This is a more logical point as the wight of a fabric can affect the way the draperies hang or function. If you use velvet for your draperies and you foresee opening and closing it regularly, then keep in mind that it wall not be easy to open and close it easily. Another aspect would be how the draperies hang on the floor. Lighter fabrics will generally drape along the floor perfectly as the weight won’t have an impact. Related to this, softer, looser-woven fabrics have a tendency to stretch with time and lose their shape. Lastly, heavier fabrices will require better hardward support to avoid them collapsing. Also, a heavier-weight drapery fabric requires substantial hardware support.
Keep the above factors in mind when choosing your draperies. If you want expert advice, Armand’s has over 60 years of experience decorating the area with hundreds of fabric options. We provide complimentary in-home consultations, contact us today at 925-283-8717 . We have an East Bay showroom but service homes from Livermore to Pleasanton to Alamo to Berkeley and everything in between.
Whether your home has a view of the Tri-Valley, Mt. Diablo, or one of your neighbors, Bay Area residents love their windows and views. The natural light that we have access to most of the year due to our weather allows us the luxury of capturing a lot of sun and daylight. However, many of us need our privacy or the ability to keep our energy costs low by protecting our home from the heat in the summer or the dreary rainy days in the winter. As a result, most of us commonly use a combination of shutters, blinds, and draperies for window coverings. These provide us with home decoration, security, and energy conversation.
This is at least how we used to think of things. Nowadays, our view of window coverings has been technologized. We no longer think about blinds and draperies as merely instruments that we have to use those old strings or sticks to move around. We have access to controlling these through our phones, tablets, and other electronics. We can even program them to adjust based on the time of day similar to your heating and AC.
So what are some of the things to keep in mind for window decorations and coverings:
Save Energy and Protect Belongings
Windows shades are considered one of the easiest ways to save of energy use. Shutters, blinds, and shades provide protection from light, heat, and cold. Motorized shades give homeowners the ability to quickly, and conveniently, raise and lower shades to attain the desired effect. Such window coverings form a system to stay cool in the summer and warm in the winter as it either captures or blocks solar heat. In addition, these same window coverings will protect your belongings in the home from furniture, area rugs, art, and many types of surfaces. With a motorized shade system, this can be controlled remotely so should unexpected weather conditions arise or if you forget, you are able to adjust it accordingly.
Window coverings come in many types of materials, shapes, fabrics, and designs. Thus, it is no longer merely a window shade but also a key accent to your home decor. When looking at options, you usually have different needs for each part of the home. Solar screen shades and blackout shades are the two most popular options to consider, depending on your needs. Some of the most common styles are the following:
Roller Shades – Solar and Blackout – battery powered options available
Horizontal Sheer Blinds – Pairs the soft elegance of a sheer with the precise control of a blind
Pleated Shades – Pleated form of roller shade with crisp, Z-shaped pleats
Honeycomb Shades – Cellular design that adds elegant textures and depth
Wood/Venetian Blinds – Effective way to ensure privacy, while allowing sunlight to filter into the space
Drapery Track System – Provides quiet, motorized, and convenient control of draperies
Vertical Drapery System – Unique design provides great access to windows and views by eliminating the creation of stack back
Roman Shades – Reliable, smooth and virtually silent shade movment
Security & Safety
When window coverings are left unattended, it could signal to a potential criminal that the house is unattended. Utilizing a whole-home windows covering system for simultaneous control of all shades can offer a great solution to solve this. Should you be away for a period of time, this can be used to move the coverings enough to impact the message you are send to individuals observing your home. Motorized shades can be automated to be opened in the morning, and closed in the evening, creating the appearance that a house is occupied. Automated window treatments, combined with preset interior and exterior lighting control, are two excellent security solutions that significantly make a home less vulnerable to a potential burglar.
Managing daylight is not restricted to a single wall station in your home. Shading systems can be controlled using a myriad of keypads, IR remote controls, wireless tabletop controls, or set to an astronomic time clock for automatic adjustment of shades. Motorized shading systems are the perfect compliment to lighting control. Shade control buttons can be integrated into lighting keypads to create the perfect balance of aesthetics and functionality.
Consquently, windows coverings have come a long way over the past 10 years. They are now a source of security, comfort, energy conservation, and home decor. We have been in the industry for over 60 years and have seen the modernization of our industry. Contact our experts today for a free in-home consultation.