All-Season Window Decorating
Jan 11 2011
Most window treatments
work well for a season or two, but don’t function effectively in the
alternate seasons. When you live in climates that have four seasons,
window treatments don’t usually work for all four seasons, which is why
layering blinds brings both a decorative quality to windows as well as a
functional quality. With one installation, you can have blinds and
shades that not only filter light and UV rays, but that provide
excellent insulation for the cold winter months. Below are a few
suggestions for layering window blinds and shades.
• EnviroFusion Textured Linen Roman Shades.
If you want two shades in one without having to decide which shades, or
what colors to use, the EnviroFusion Textured Linen Roman Shades do all
the work for you. These are a combination of cellular shades that are
used as a liner for insulation along with Roman Shades that offer
elegance and class in any room. With both closed, there is not only
privacy and style, but also excellent insulation that can reduce
heating/air conditioning bills.
• Solar Screen Shades and Custom Drapes.
Windows that get a lot of sun are great for views, but can create a lot
of fading due to UV rays. The sun can also cook a house pretty quickly
and those that want an escape should turn to solar screen shades or
roller screen shades. These shades keep views intact, but filter light
for less eyestrain as well as glare on computer or television surfaces.
The Custom drapes are what make these blinds all-season layers. They
keep out the cold in the winter and help improve energy efficiency
within the house. They allow for privacy, yet when open, they decorate
windows and help complete color schemes in the room.
• Woven Wood Shades and Shade Liners. Woven wood shades refer to
those South Pacific style woven wood blinds, or grass blinds. They offer
a very unique look to any room and bring in a tropical feel. The two
things they don’t do are offer privacy or energy efficiency. In
themselves, they are very decorative, but for practical purposes a liner
is advised. A simple liner will give you privacy and help regulate
temperatures within a room.
• Soft Sheer Shades and Custom Drapes. Soft sheer shades are
beautiful in any room. They are light-filtering but allow views. They
reduce harsh light and warm up a room. However, the sheer properties
mean they aren’t exactly energy-efficient. Layering these with custom
drapes allows control over look and style as well as how much you want
to save on your energy bills.
There are just a few possible laying decorations for windows. At any
window treatment store, on-line or on the street, you should be able to
take home or order samples so you can see how colors and textures will
match your current interior design. Talk to a salesperson about your
room and your specific needs so you can get the best combination for
your home or office.
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