• Styling With Roman Shades

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    Is your room looking boring or styleless? Tired of the same old curtains or drapes that you have hanging on your windows? You need something fresh. Consider giving your room a makeover, including Roman shades for your windows.

    The hottest trend in window fashions right now is Roman shades. Clean, classic, and efficient are words that describe this window covering. Roman shades operate by a standard cord lock, a continuous cord loop, or a remote controlled motor that pulls the fabric up and lowers it down. When in the down position, the fabric can be flat, hobbled, or in a waterfall formation. The shade can be lined to be light filtering or more room darkening.

    Roman shades are generally manufactured with cords. Therefore, if you have small children or pets you may want to request a cordless version.

    Advantages of Roman Window Shades

    Roman shades probably fit your budget. Prices of roman shades vary over a wide range so almost everybody can take one home. With a limited budget, you can still get attractive shades made of cheaper fabrics. If money isn’t a limiter, you can choose from a wide variety of shades from exquisite fabrics, to even bamboo.

    Another place where Roman shades have an advantage is sleek design. The layered and simple design make Roman shades really unique and pleasing to the eye. Whether layer up above the window or lowered down; Roman shades have a clean line, and organized appearance. This can also pair well with intricate patterns and prints without being overwhelming.

    Unlike shutters or traditional blinds, Roman blinds use fabric and textiles, which allows you a huge range of colors, patterns, and prints. Also materials, textures, and opacities. This flexibility translates to a huge potential for personalization.

    Roman shades can be made to fit almost any size of the window. If your window is not a traditional size or shape you’re not limited, because we can custom-make Roman window shades for your home.

    Varieties of Roman Shades

    There are a lot of styles and materials that can be used with Roman shades. These window treatments are best known for their opulent feel and touch of elegance and class they bring to a home. They make any room look clean and fresh. They can also help reduce energy bills with their energy efficient qualities. Take a look at some of the most enjoyed varieties of these blinds.

    Light Filtering Shades

    These shades are designed to offer privacy while letting light in. Polyester is the primary material used. There are varieties available that are both soil and dust resistant. It’s a great way to bring a classic look to a child’s bedroom or play area without having to worry about them getting ruined.

    Blackout Roman Shades

    Best suited for home theater rooms, these blinds look good while providing a dark, secluded atmosphere. They’re also great if you have sleeping problems because of the sun coming in through the windows.

    Woven Wood Shades

    These blinds are pretty cool. They have the feel of the ocean, the beach and palm trees swaying. Synthetic woven wood can be used to avoid warping and maintain color longer than real woven wood blinds or shades.

    Textured Linen Roman Shades

    Linen is a fabric associated with summer. It’s breezy and soft. This can be used to open up French doors or large windows, and is also a great choice for bedrooms.

    Satin Shades

    Satin just looks good. It works in opulent bedrooms, formal living rooms, and classic studies. It can come in any color to enhance the colors in furniture or bed linens.

    Depending on your personal style, roman shades may be the way to improve the look of your room and even your home. If you want to achieve the elegance and style that Roman shades bring, contact Armand’s Drapery today to learn more.

  • Are Curtains and Drapes the Same Thing?

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    It can be hard to tell curtains and drapes apart. Both are used in pairs of panels, hung on windows for the control of light, among other things. The main differences in drapes and curtains are the different intentions or uses for them, and those result in structural differences.

    Dimensionally, curtains will often cover approximately the area of the window. Sometimes they cover less than a whole window, like in the case of café curtains. Drapes are never so small, tending to reach the floor and sometimes the ceiling, having enough fabric that they may still lay in pleats or folds even when fully closed.

    Find out more about how to know what’s on your windows:

     

    Curtains

    Curtains and sheers, which are a type of curtain, are built from lightweight fabrics, and won’t filter out enough light to darken a room. They’re generally cheaper to buy than drapes, because they’re less expensive to produce. Unlike drapes, they’re not usually lined and tend to provide less privacy when used alone. They’re light enough to be paired with drapes, blinds, or shutters without making windows appear bulky, thereby adding privacy.

    Blackout curtains are a lower-cost alternative to quality drapes. They’re made of either tightly woven, dense or layered fabric such as felt, velvet or suede. A blackout liner, which often is a component of blackout curtains, can be added to a regular curtain to create the same effect. The purpose is to keep light from streaming into the home where it isn’t wanted, but they also help insulate by blocking direct sunlight.

     

    Drapes

    Drapes are much heavier than curtains, and can have thermal and/or room-darkening features.

    Only heavy materials that are not made from sheer or see-through fabrics are considered drapes. They’re generally floor-length and designed to block out light and to seal out cold during winter months. Drapes cost more than traditional curtains, because they contain more fabric than their window counterparts; and are generally of a higher quality too. Good drapes help homeowners save on their heating bills throughout the year.

    Really, all drapes are thermal insulators. Some are designated specifically as “thermal drapes” and their insulatory abilities have been further enhanced. Thermal drapes can significantly boost a home’s energy conservation.

    Windows are one of the largest avenues of heat loss in a home. Glass is a poor insulator, and the seal of the window degrades over time. Even though thermal drapes also filter out unwanted natural light, their first job is to insulate the home. Thermal drapes are either double- or triple-layered heavy fabric with a thick backing of insulate material and often a polyester-film vapor barrier. Thermal drapes are often made of 100-percent cotton, wool or polyester, and coated on the window side with a layer of protection from ultraviolet damage. Because of the thick insulatory batting, they can act as a sound barrier too.

     

    Curtains and Drapes: Which Do You Need?

    If you want some affordable privacy, curtains are probably for you. If you want to make an investment in excellent light, sound, and temperature management, drapes are a safe way to go. To have your needs

  • Maximize Your Home Light Level Options

    Whatever style of home you have, windows are one of the first things a guest will notice. The way you treat your windows largely contributes to the ambiance in your home. Many people fail to consider the other important thing that window treatments affect: the heat and light that streams in from the sun.

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    They say a dose of sunshine is good for the soul. But too much sun shining in through your windows can create an uncomfortably warm environment. You can end up with unwanted glare on TV and computer screens and painful, strained eyes. Your belongings can even be bleached by the harsh light day after day.

    When you have windows that receive direct sunlight, it becomes important to gain all the control over light entry that you can. Two options is not enough: wide open window coverings, with unobscured light or pitch darkness with black-out curtains or shutters.

     

    The key is to build your window coverings in layers.

    You can combine a sheer window covering for light filtering with heavier curtains that when used together block a large percentage of light. This gives you 4 light levels: full sun, filtered light with sheers, more light blocked with heavier curtains only, and maximum light blocked when both are used. This “layering” model is the way to create the most versatility possible for you.

    Lined “blackout” curtains, or blinds in opaque materials like wood and metals are ideal for reducing light entry sharply. Alternatively, shutters can often block out light entirely. If true darkness during daylight hours is something you want, you’ll need to incorporate a layer of window covering from these categories.

    When layering, you do need to consider space and how the window treatments will work together. It’s easy to have two styles of fabric covering, like sheer drapes and heavy curtains, on two different rods. But there are more choices than that! You can have inset-blinds or roll-shades within the window shape, and a shutter or curtain that sits outside the frame. There are many ways to incorporate different light filtering levels, you just have to be a little creative.

     

    Understanding Your Home Light Level Layering Choices

    Curtains: Curtains are among the most simple to make, operate, fit and maintain. You can choose fabrics with from almost completely sheer to more light blocking, although they’re unlined. It’s important to keep in mind, that although a curtain’s fabric may block heat and light well, because curtains don’t fit window frames closely, there will be entry of heat and light from the edges of the window treatment unless to take action to prevent that with a shutter, shade, or blind.

    Blinds: When closed and lowered on a sunny window, reflective blinds (white or near white) are capable of reducing heat gain by 45 percent. And because they fit right into window frames, this is very efficient and effective.

    Shutters: It’s worth pointing out that shutters can be both inside and outside. Shutters offer a classic, elegant look that privileges both function and style equally. Even sturdier than blinds, shutters can be expected to last up to 20 years! Shutters help to control incoming light, offer privacy when closed and help to insulate against heat, cold, and even sound. Shutters are impressively solid.

    Shades: Shades, are “soft” treatments, made of fabric, that can be raised or lowered over the window. Although they do not allow for light-filtering adjustments like blinds, they come in varying levels of opacity. There are three main types of shades: roller, which pulls down from a valance tube like wrapping paper; Roman, which cascade in elegant folds like drapery panels; and cellular or “honeycomb” shades, which are made of pleated chambers that trap air and provide insulation. The more layers, the more energy efficiency.

    Drapes: Drapes are heavier than curtains, and generally have a lining. With or without lining, they are highly light blocking and insulatory. They filter out the gaze of your nosey neighbor extremely well, and tent to extend far outside the natural window frame, truly keeping light and heat (or cold) out.

     

    If you need help creating your plan to mix-and-match the right window treatments for your needs, contact Armand’s Drapery today. We would be happy to lend our expertise.

  • Drapery Hardware Trends

    New drapery hardware finishes, styles and shapes can provide just the right accent for your window treatment. Drapery hardware is what gives the finishing touch to a window treatment and should always be a considered factor in your overall design scheme. Be sure to check our showroom for our vast hardware selection.

    Are you planning to update your window treatments? Don’t forget the hardware! Here are six high-impact drapery hardware trends you will not want to ignore.

    To The Ceiling

    One of the biggest drapery assumptions made by homeowners is that curtain rods must be just above the window. Not true! The higher they’re mounted, the larger the room will appear. This is a simple design trick every home can use.

    Mounting drapery just shy of the ceiling is the best way to make a room look bigger, only second to painting everything white!

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    Track Mounting

    Track mounting has particularly experienced a resurgence, becoming increasingly popular as homeowners’ design tastes please more contemporary styles. There is a very subtle look to track mounted curtains and the tracks usually go unnoticed, until you move the curtain! Then you notice an almost weighless ease of movement unlike other mounting methods.

    Remarkable Finials

    The finial is the object at the end of your curtain rod that keeps drapery from falling off the end. It can be sleek, simple, and small, or a little more unique and fun! The larger, more notable finials are “in” right now. You can find pineapples, arrowheads, glass crystals and various other shapes. These tend to be a fun thing to notice that doesn’t create a big stir.

    Themed Tiebacks

    Tiebacks can be a bit more “loud” in style than finials. Tiebacks are anchor points next to your window coverings that you can use to “tie” the drape “back”. Hence, the name “tiebacks”. Today’s tiebacks come in wild shapes like starfishes, musical notes, moose heads with antlers, almost anything you can think of.

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    Make It Acrylic

    The look and feel of acrylic curtain rods can easily fit into just about any room. Because they have no color of their own, they are extremely versatile and can smoothly complement the interior regardless of its design. They almost disappear until they catch the light, for a very classy clean look.

    Clip Rings

    Best with light fabrics, or sheer curtains, clip rings are literally clips attached to rings. Combined with a slim rod, they make for a very informal look. If you want to use clip rings, your drapes won’t need a sleeve or holes for hanging hardware. You just clip and hang.

    Go Offbeat

    Instead of sticking to conventional round steel rods, consider a square or twisted design. Up close, they add some interest to your windows. However, you should be particular with your choice of clip. Make sure the rod and ring combination has smooth operation, especially if you move your window coverings often.

     

    Drapery hardware is what gives the finishing touch to a window treatment and should always be considered carefully. Choose something that appeals to you and compliments your sense of style. Your windows are important features in the home. So give proper attention to their details to create a home that feels like home.

  • How to Maintain and Clean Draperies and Curtains

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    Clean draperies and curtains can add beauty and style to any room, and thеу ѕеrvе uѕеful funсtіоnѕ including blосkіng ѕunlіght and providing privacy. However, wіth tіmе they аlѕо tend to accumulate dust. You’ll nееd tо clean them regularly to keep them lооkіng their bеѕt.

    How Frequently Do Curtains Require Cleaning?

    Cleaning your сurtаіnѕ at home еvеrу 3 to 6 mоnthѕ ѕhоuld be аррrорrіаtе for mоѕt hоuѕеhоldѕ, with professional cleaning by a service like Armand’s Drapery every 3-5 years. We recommend more frequent cleaning іf anyone іn уоur hоmе:

    • Has allergies
    • Smоkes either indoors or near entry doors or windows that open
    • Has recently been sick with a cough
    • Or if you have pets that shed, or have dander or powder (like some birds, including cockatiels)

    Maintenance

    Typically curtаіnѕ аnd drареrіеѕ gеt dusty, and that is what you’re trying tо сlеаn from them, to reduce allergens in the home. Keep уоur curtаіnѕ and drареѕ in good ѕhаре bеtwееn ѕеаѕоnаl, dеер сlеаnіngѕ with the following ѕtерѕ.

    Onсе every few mоnths use a leaf blower tо remove dust from curtаіnѕ and drареrіеѕ frоm tор tо bоttоm, рауіng ехtrа attention to the top 5 іnсhеѕ where the majority of duѕt ассumulаtеѕ. It’s best to do this outdoors if you can. 

    Or, if a leaf blower іѕn’t an option, just be sure you have them professionally cleaned once a year and you’ll be fine. Things you should not do include vacuuming your curtains and putting them in the dryer. Do NOT use the uрhоlѕtеrу аttасhmеnt of your vacuum ѕіnсе іtѕ teeth may ѕnаg the fabric and dеѕtrоу уоur curtаіnѕ and drареrіеѕ. These are two easy ways to destroy your window coverings.

    Eаѕу Curtain and Drape Cleaning Tесhnіquеѕ

    Leaf Blower: Rеmоvе the bulk оf loose dіrt аnd duѕt with a leaf blower. Blow from the top of the fabric downwards until all оf thе fabric hаѕ been сlеаnеd.

    Blоt: Check уоur curtаіnѕ for ѕtаіnѕ. Stubborn stains mау require a ѕроt treatment. For fаbrісѕ other than ѕіlk, wool, or acetate, blot with a сlеаn, moist sponge followed bу a dаb оf rubbing alcohol.

    Prеѕѕ: Sоmе fabrics are more рrоnе to wrinkles thаn оthеrѕ. If уоur drapes appear wrinkled or сrеаѕеd, іrоn them to ѕmооth the fabric. Be ѕurе to check thе tаg for temperature ѕеttіngѕ to рrеvеnt damage. If you’re not sure, uѕе a cool iron аnd іrоn on thе rеvеrѕе side of thе curtаіnѕ аnd clean draperies, or put a towel between the curtain and iron.

    Sрrау: Frоm сіgаrеttе smoke to cooking оdоrѕ, unрlеаѕаnt ѕmеllѕ may cling to your window coverings. If уоu can’t have your сurtаіnѕ cleaned or want instant relief from odors, try a fabric freshener spray. Test it in a location that no one can see 24 hours before spraying the whole curtain. Check for color damage.

    Call Armand’s

    By far the safest, easiest, and most effective method of getting clean draperies is entrusting a professional with them. With our extensive experience, we know how to clean each window covering safely, and the effectiveness is top-notch. Your drapes will we left without the dust mites, pollen, flu virus, pet dander, shed skin cells, and other detritus that used to clog it’s fabric.

    Not every dry cleaner or other fabric cleaning specialist is a good choice for your drapes and curtains. Armand’s knows how to protect your window treatments properly. Including measuring their length before washing to ensure they’re returned to you the same size. We also dress the window again for you, to ensure your drapes hang as intended when they come home.

    In conclusion, curtаіnѕ аnd draperies act аѕ a gіаnt аіr filter in уоur hоmе, trарріng duѕt, роllutаntѕ, and grime. Thаt’ѕ why it’s critical tо сlеаn сurtаіnѕ regularly nоt оnlу tо рrеѕеrvе the lіfе оf уоur dесоr but also to maintain thе аіr quаlіtу іn уоur home. For help getting your curtain cleaning routine set, call Armand’s Drapery  today.