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Take Safety Into Consideration When Choosing Window Treatments for Kids’ Rooms

Although the options are pretty much limitless in terms of color and style when it comes to choosing window treatments for your kids’ rooms, you have to be aware of some basic safety issues that can arise surrounding window treatments.

First, you need to make sure that there are no hanging cords on blinds or shades in a child’s room. Hanging cords can be a serious strangulation hazard, and many children die each year after becoming entangled in the cords. Instead of corded blinds and shades, opt for the cordless versions, or even the motorized versions, these are going to be much safer to use in a child’s room.

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Second, you need to make sure that the blinds and window treatments cannot be pulled down onto a child. Not only could the child be injured when the rods or valances fall onto them, they could potentially suffocate if they should become trapped in the billowy fabric of draperies. Instead of using long, flowing draperies in your child’s room, opt for more simple valances that are custom decorated, or blinds that are going to be contained within the frame of the window and less likely to be pulled down onto the child.

Third, it is important that window treatments are not too close to the sleeping area, such as the bed or crib of a child. Children are naturally curious and likely to grab onto anything that they are able to reach, so keeping all window treatments out of reach, especially from their bed because they are generally unsupervised while sleeping and early from awakening, is important.

Finally, make sure that there are not any accessories that could pose a choking or poison hazard. Small beads used as accessories or accents may be inadvertently swallowed, or could cause choking in a young child.

For a child’s bedroom, it is usually best to keep the window treatments simple and safe. There are still plenty of options to choose from to make the child’s space special and unique, but safety should always come first when choosing the window treatment and other decorations. Some of the safest options would include cordless mini blinds, cordless Roman shades, or even motorized wooden blinds. These will bring the least amount of danger into a space that needs to be ultra safe. Keep any small objects or accessories well out of reach, and the child will be much safer. Window treatments can still be used to enhance the décor wonderfully, while still meeting the basic, yet very important, safety standards that any parent would want to adhere to.

Covering a Window With a Fantastic View

Large bay windows are usually installed in a home to take advantage of a gorgeous view.  Maybe your house has a direct line to the mountains, or you have a lake front property.  It seems almost sinful to cover these up, but in most cases you will have to from time to time.  The question is, how to without losing that natural picture.

Fabric shades can work lovely with large, picturesque windows.  You can choose an opaque color like cream that blends with the background to let your view take center stage.  When used with bay windows you can play with the design to add a unique quality to the room. 

First choose a honeycomb shade in a color that coordinates with your décor, not contrasts.  Take advantage of top-down bottom-up shades.  These allow you to open them from either the top or the bottom, or both, leaving the shade to stand in the middle.  For hints of your amazing view, open the shades on each individual window to different degrees.  This will give a peak of what’s outside from different angles making for a lovely way to show off your view and your design style.

find creative ways to cover a window with BIG Views!

find creative ways to cover a window with BIG Views!

Don’t clutter the window with unnecessary dressing like valences or drapery.  Instead keep it simple to let the architectural design of the window act as a frame to your view.

For some homes it is the windows of a French door that is offering the view.  French doors, or any door for that matter, can be daunting for a home owner to attempt to cover.  The honeycomb shades work well here too, as they hug the window gently.  Another bonus for honeycomb shades is the added protection they give the window against the elements.  The little spaces in between the fabric layers act as an insulator, trapping air from the outside as it tries to enter your home. This feature helps to keep your house cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.

Many people believe that the unique design of a bay window makes inside mounted shades impossible.  This is not true at all.  So long as the window covering you choose has a small head rail, like 1 inch, you can hang a shade inside of the frame of each individual window.  Honeycomb shades meet that criteria as do pleated shades.

Measuring a bay window for shades is done the same way as with regular windows.  Width should be taken first, at three different points and then take the smallest number as your width.  Do the same for height, except after you have your three measurements you will want to take the larger number as the height of the shade you order.  Don’t measure just one window and assume the size will be the same for the other two.

View or not, a bay window is a lovely architectural detail in any room and should be highlighted, not hidden.  Incorporate its beauty into the style of the space and create an amazing focal point that other home owners will envy.

Bring a Touch of Warmth With Wood Blinds

Ask any good home decorator or interior designer and they'll tell you the best inspiration comes directly from Mother Nature.  There's simply no beating the beauty we can find in the natural world and, as a result, some of the most stunning homes are decorated with a feel for nature.  This principle is demonstrated perfectly with hardwood floors which have been used for generations not only for their durability but also their versatility.  Their rich colors and innate warmth can be used to make a room feel both relaxed and inviting or professional and studious depending on the tones of the wood and the surrounding environment.  Options with wooden blinds can achieve this same effect either in conjunction with or without a wooden flooring plan.

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Wooden blinds are now available in a number of different options.  Traditional hardwood blinds are often painted or stained to match the color scheme of a room but can also be used in their more natural state.  This allows the natural beauty of their grain and pattern to decorate a room and bathe it in a warm glow.  As the blinds are set to allow filtered light through; that light bounces off the rich warm tones of the blinds before coming into the room making the light glow with those same warm tones and colors.  If the rest of the room is decorated in light and neutral tones, this will result in a light warmth, ideal for cozy living rooms, bright kitchens and inviting entertainment areas.  Blinds with a richer tone can be used in a darker or more warmly colored room to add to that warmth, keep light to a minimum and is ideal for the study, home office or even the board room.  These darker, richer colors result in a Mahogany feel, most commonly associated with old fashioned home libraries and a classic or traditional feel. 

Options in wooden blinds include natural wood as well as faux wood.  Faux wood is created to looks exactly like natural wood but at a lower overall cost and also built to stand up a bit better than natural wood.  Although wood is naturally quite hardy it is, of course, susceptible to the elements.  With blinds the main concern is with fading.  As the blinds are bombarded with sunlight every day, fading is an unfortunate but natural side effect for natural wood blinds.  Faux wood blinds can repel these effects much better and are an ideal alternative for rooms which get a lot of sunlight.

Wooden blinds and window treatment options can give any room a natural warmth and glow that can only be found in nature.  Even faux wooden options are able to replicate the look and feel of natural wood but are able to stand up better to fading and sun bleaching.  The end result for decorators is a beautiful look that brings a feel of Eco-friendly green decorating at a price which leaves a bit of green in their wallet as well. 

About the author:

Adelle Steele writes website content with a customer focus for various industries.  Her articles inform consumers about their best options for just about anything under the sun, including options to redecorate a room.  She focuses on customer friendly options, such as window treatments, that will not only improve the look of a room but are also able to be done on a budget and which can essentially pay for themselves over time. 

 

Window treatment ideas. Getting the right blinds and shades for your home

Windows vary widely in size, style and shape, so there can be no one-size-fits all window treatment solution. Each window requires to be treated differently. For French doors, you should have blinds with small slats. Mini blinds, roller blinds, or wooden blinds with small slats are a good option for French doors. Vertical blinds make a good choice for the sliding doors and so do honey comb blinds, because they slide sideways. Honey comb blinds, vertical blinds and roller blinds are suitable for arches. Sunscreen roller blinds and cellular blinds are appropriate for windows that have beautiful outside view. Roman blinds and shutters are perfect dressings for bay windows.

Windows vary widely in size, style and shape. This means, there can be no one-size-fits all window treatment solution.  Each type of window requires a different window treatment. Here is some advice straight from the experts on which window blinds go best with which type of windows.

French doors: The important thing to bear in mind while selecting blinds for the French doors is to treat them same as the other windows in the room. This will ensure that the French doors don’t stand out, and the entire décor remains consistent. Using sheers or frilly curtains on French doors is a passé. The blinds that you choose for French doors should have small slats; else they will interfere with opening/closing of the door. Mini blinds, roller blinds, or wooden blinds with small slats are a good option for French doors. If you want to completely filter out the light then you can go for blackout roller blinds or honeycomb blinds.

Sliding doors: While selecting blinds for sliding doors, it is important to bear in mind that blinds should not interfere with the opening/closing of the door, and that they take less of  overhead space  (unless you have ample space above the windows), or else the movement would get restricted . Considering this, vertical blinds make a good choice for the sliding doors and so do honey comb blinds, because they slide sideways. Roller blinds also make a good choice because they take less space on the top compared to Venetian or roman blinds.

Arches: There are several ways in which you can dress up these beautiful Roman architectural details. However, their shape makes it quite tricky to dress them up. Honey comb shades or arch shaped cellular are a popular treatment for arches. Horizontal blinds are also used to dress up arches. Another way to effectively cover your arches is to use arch shaped shutters.

Windows with beautiful external view: If you have windows in your house that open up into garden, pool, or any other beautiful  scenic view then you would like to use window treatments that allow you to enjoy the view, and at the same time ensure privacy and light control. Sunscreen roller blinds and cellular blinds make a good choice for such windows.

Bay windows:  Your bay windows should look neat, impressive and should enhance the décor. So, you can use Roman blinds that complement the upholstery and overall décor. Shutters also make a good choice for bay windows.