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  • 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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  • 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!

  • Enjoy the Benefits of Motorized Window Shades

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    From conveniently opening/closing shades on difficult-to-reach windows to operating your window blinds when no one’s home, motorized sun shades do a lot. Why take advantage of the latest technology to get ultimate convenience and comfort for your windows?

    Some benefits of motorized window shades:

    Convenience for Inaccessible Windows

    Does your high ceiling mean the living room has windows that are out of reach? The answer is a window blind or cellular shade with an integrated motor. Once you install motorized sun shades, instead of being difficult to reach, the window coverings will go up and down at the touch of a button, allowing you to control natural light levels conveniently.

    Hassle-Free Operation for Window Coverings

    Have large, difficult to move window blinds? Wish you didn’t have to get up from your sofa when you need to close a window covering? The great news is that installing motorized sun shades makes it simple and highly convenient to open/close all types of window coverings. Whether operating by sensors or remote control, your motorized sun shades will open and close themselves, making your life easier.

    Increased Comfort and Protection

    The natural light of the sun is wonderful, but sometimes it can make your room too hot in the summer season, shining too brightly, fading furniture and flooring, and more. With motorized sun shades, you can control the amount of sunlight that streams through your windows. You get comfort for you and your family and sun damage protection for your décor. From drawing your shades down to reangling the tilt of your horizontal blinds, motorized sun shades allow you to keep your home looking and feeling great.

    Energy Savings

    Heat transfer is one of the primary reasons why home and businesses owners choose motorized sun shades. You can program a motorized blind to open or close according to light levels or time of day. By doing so, you will save on your energy bills by preventing your room from overheating during the summer season. Your air conditioner won’t have to chug away bringing back a comfortable temperature.

    Safety and Security

    When you are not home, it’s always a challenge to make it look like that there is someone there. You can put your lamps on timers, but thieves know that trick. Motorized sun shades allow you to create a convincing illusion! With timers or light sensors installed, your sun shades can move automatically. Even when you’re not home, it can look like someone’s active inside.

    Once regarded as luxury only suitable for the wealthiest people and the most opulent homes, motorized window shades are now a relatively affordable solution for maximizing convenience and comfort in your home. Contact Armand’s window covering specialists to take your window shades and blinds to the next level.

  • Benefits of Home Window Tinting

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    A beautiful, effective solution to bright sun: home window tinting

    Many people wrongly assume that window tinting is only for businesses and cars. Homeowners seeking ways to see their beautiful windows without compromising on their basic functions often overlook tinting. Tinted windows provide light, ventilation, security, and privacy, without blocking the view.

    Tinting film has long been used on cars and office windows, but is now making its way into homes. The features of a home window tint include privacy and solar protection-without hurting visibility from inside.

    Most window tints are made up of thin films with a single or several layers of polyester base and scratch-resistant coating and are fixed on the inside of the windows with a strong adhesive. Tints are used for many reasons. Available in many shades and colors, ranging from opaque to clear, you can customize what features you receive from your tinting film. Different colors or designs can be used together to customize functionality for the home, from clear insulatory films, to mirrored or nearly opaque films.

    Benefits to Home Window Tinting Include:

    Privacy

    It’s hard to imagine having a sense of home without having a sense of privacy. With tinting, people will not be able to see your inside home. However, you’ll have no problem seeing the world outside your home. Some tints are more reflective than others, which enhances their ability to protect your privacy.

    Deflecting Direct UV Sun Rays

    This is probably the most important benefit of having home window tinting. Window tint successfully rejects 99% of all harmful Ultra Violet (UV) light. Too much exposure to direct UV light is detrimental to you and your family’s health. UV light can cause premature aging, skin dryness, itching and increases the likelihood of getting skin cancer.

    Furniture Protection

    Furnishing and decorating your home takes a great amount of time and effort. Window tinting can reduce color and material breakdown of your furniture, walls, art, photos, flooring, rugs, and window treatments from sun exposure. Do not keep your curtains closed to protect your belongings! Fill your rooms with light and enjoy your view with residential window tinting.

    Savings on Energy Bills

    Home window tinting can save you lots of cash year on your energy bills. On average, a home will lose 10% of its heat through the windows.

    That is going to account for a big part of your bill. And your heating and air conditioning will work hard to keep your house the right temperature, leading to faster wear and tear. The film we use acts as an extra layer of insulated. This helps to keep heat in during the cold of winter. And the cold in during the heat of summer.

    Your HVAC system gets a well-deserved break, and you enjoy a more comfortable temperature in your home. And do not forget you’ll save cash too!

    Style

    Window tinting can also add a decorative element to your home. The tinting can quite accurately imitate the look of expensive windows but at a much lower cost. It can also be easily removed if you move or would like to change the look of the windows. Decorative window films even come with a mural and can be applied to a picture window for an instant view.

    Security

    Did you know that you can reduce your home’s susceptibility to burglars with tinted windows? While tinted windows will not guarantee that someone will never break into your home, they will certainly make it harder for any home invader to look through your windows to scope out your possessions. Another security benefit of tinted windows is privacy because it is harder for anyone to see inside from the outside of your home. Ask your insurance company if you can earn a policy discount for your home security with tinted or filmed windows.

    Cost Efficiency

    At some point, you may want to revamp your home because it looks old and your windows could be on the list. You could strike that through when you decide to install window tints. These window films preserve the integrity of your windows so instead of replacing the windows themselves, you can just opt ​​to replace the tints, which is more affordable than going with the former. And, you can even change how your home looks like by opting for a different film design or color.

    In Conclusion, There are many advantages to having your home windows tinted. To experience the best that home window tinting has to offer, source your window tint from professionals who are also experts at installing.