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Unique Ways to Use Window Treatments to Dress Up Bay Windows

Architecturally, bay windows add an element of sophistication to room that is incomparable to other window designs.  The difficult part may be in finding ways to ensure your privacy with them without losing the unique element they offer to a space.

The first question you want to ask yourself when deciding on a window treatment for a large bay window is if you want the individual windows to stand out, or do you want to create a look of one coordinated unit.  How you achieve the different styles lies in the way you hang the shades or blinds.

When you hang shades or blinds outside of the molding you can create the effect of one large window.  This can be done easily with roman shades or cellular shades.  Bamboo shades look great hung this way too if you want to create a space that has a more rustic feel.  Even if the individual windows are of different sizes, when you hang the treatments over the moldings in a way that they appear seamless, you create the illusion of one large window instead of many placed next to each other.

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If you decided that you want to let each individual window stand out, then you are going to mount your shades or blinds on the inside of the frames.  This requires exact measurements, so be sure that you follow these steps:

·         Measure the width of the inside of the frame at the top, middle and bottom and use the smallest of these numbers to fill out your order form.

·         Make the measurement to the closest 1/8th of an inch and round down if necessary.

·         Measure the height from the top inside edge down to the window sill in three different places.  The largest of these numbers will be the height.

·         Make the measurements to the nearest 1/8th of an inch and round up if necessary. 

·         When filling out an order form, it is always width first, followed by height.

Once you have the right measurements you can choose the type of window treatment you want.  Again, roman shades come in a variety of colors and fabrics that can easily enhance the style you are looking for.  Or you can create a look of complete uniqueness and sophistication with your bay window by installing plantation shades.  These add a touch of class to a space that is unattainable with other types of window treatments.

Whether on the outside or out, you can still achieve the privacy you need with your bay windows by using window or shade treatments.  If the window happens to be in a bedroom, install a room darkening panel to the fabric of your shade to create an environment that encourages sleep no matter what time of day it is.

Bay windows in the home do create a beautiful architecture that homeowners may find intimidating to decorate at first.  If you decide first what look you are hoping to achieve and then work from there, you will see that they are not as big of a challenge as you might have thought.

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.

Custom Window Shades . Always a Shade Better than Ready-Made

Anyone who has been looking for window treatments will find that is an array of blinds, shades, shutters, curtains and draperies to choose from. But those are ready-made varieties and if you want a unique look, and then custom-made is the way to go. The latter provide you a perfect fit for your windows- they look much better and offer better insulation too.

Types of Shades

With custom window treatments you also get to pick (at no extra cost), details like right or left cord placement. If you need a showpiece panel that is 12” tall & 15” wide, only custom window treatments will be able to do justice to it. If you prefer shades for your windows, you will never run short of options and can choose from:

These honeycomb shades from Select Blinds allow you to open the vanes to let light in. How cool!

These honeycomb shades from Select Blinds allow you to open the vanes to let light in. How cool!

Honeycomb Shades- These are the perfect mix of form and function with style added for good measure. They are made from very soft materials and can range from filtered to semi-sheer and blackout ones. They are also available in a number of textures and you are sure to find one that suits your requirement

Natural Woven Shades- Interior designers are biased towards this particular style, and understandably so. They are literally works of art- textured and woven very artfully and skillfully by expert artisans. What makes them even more alluring is the fact that they look good in traditional as well as modern style spaces

Fabric Shades- This style adds a calm and elegant look to any room. Many good companies will hand-sew these shades with thread that is color-coordinated & they will also have precision-patterns. They are also available in a range of fabrics and textures and look good in different kinds of settings

 Solar Shades- These are a boon for homes that are in very sunny areas. They let in just the right amount of sunlight through their fine screens and have a very minimalistic design. The diffused light they throw into a room gives your home the soft look it needs even when the sun is blazing outside

 Pleated Shades- The tailored pleats of this style are an all-time favorite. These generally have accordion-style folds that add a very distinctive structure and movement to your windows

 Roller Shades- A perfect match for any room in the house. They fit well on windows, look very neat and un-fussy. In addition to that, the cordless variety is ideal for homes that have children or pets

 Sheer Shades- If you like natural light, without the glare, sheer shades are for you. They provide you the shade and privacy you need and are extremely versatile. They diffuse the light perfectly and let-in just the right amount of sunlight

 Roman Shades- These are very classic in styling and match any kind of decor. They are available in a range of fabrics, colors and textures and can be tailored to fit windows of all shapes and sizes.

 

If you are looking for window treatments that add just the right amount of charisma and style to your home, opt for custom drapes and let your style shine through!

Treat Your Home with the Shades They Deserve

A living space is essentially an extension of your personality. Most of us would like a space to surround us, embrace us and allow us to be in harmony with ourselves and our environment. A well-lit home gives us a feeling of being in an open space. However, excess of sunlight can make a room unduly warm for our liking. The ability to control the amount of light that enters a room can give us a control over the type of atmosphere we would like to create for ourselves.

Who does not like to stare out of a window on a sunny day during the winters or watch the rain splashing on the window pane! Talking about windows, most windows have clear glass panes that allow the light to fall through and probably a peek into the inhabitant’s life. Window blinds or shades allow controlling both the light and privacy of your living space.

However, the choice to pick the right shade or blind cannot be based on aesthetics only.  You’ll need to think about various factors such as convenience, privacy, light control and energy-efficiency. Did you know that blinds and shades come with UV protection facility?

Is there a difference between window blinds and shades?

The two terms are often used interchangeably. Blinds consist of louvers or slats that are fitted either horizontally or vertically that can be easily rotated to control the input of light. Slats are made of different materials, including vinyl, wood, aluminium or fabric. Shades, on the other hand, are made of fabric with permanent pleats. They are often referred to as cellular shades. The key difference between the two is the amount of light that they allow to be filtered into a room.

Shades are considered to offer a greater privacy. With the top down bottom up shades, you can easily control the amount of natural light entering a room. Shades also come in different materials and designs.

Honeycomb/Cellular Shades - These types of shades offer flexibility in terms of filtering light. The single cell or double cell configuration allows for light filtering or room darkening, even complete blackout. They are available in a versatile combination of colors to match with your décor.

Roman Shades - Also known as fabric shades they come in various colors, patterns and textures. The pleated look has replaced the need for draperies in a big way. They look elegant and are highly functional in offering privacy. The best thing is that they are available in hundreds of patterns to suit any style and can be customized to cover differently shaped windows.

Bamboo Shades - Bamboo shades allow you to play with light, creating interesting patterns with shadows reflecting the design of a shade. A privacy liner may be required to offer a greater privacy as these shades allow the light to filter in completely.

Roller Shades – Roller shades offer a more economical choice with the ease of a roll up lift system. Again, a wide variety of light filtering fabrics can be chosen to control the intensity of filtering light. They give a more modern and contemporary look to your home.

Solar Shades – Solar shades offer UV protection while providing privacy to the inhabitants of a home. They offer the best in terms of design and functionality.

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