• 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.