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Window Treatments and Design Considerations
When choosing window treatments for any room there are some basic questions to ask so you select the right product. Each room may be different and have special needs. Here are some things to consider:
LightingWindow treatments come in various degrees of light filtration. Some shades are made to block all the light such as blackout shades. Others are designed specifically to filter the light, providing privacy but still keeping the room bright during the daytime.
Privacy & SecurityIs the window near a street or neighbor's house? Is this a window such a bathroom blind? Is the window on the ground floor? Consider the location of the window you are selecting the window coverings for.
Do you want to maintain a view?if you have a window where you do not want to block a view consider window shades with the top down bottom up or duofold option. Other products that will not block views are sheerweave shades or solar shades. Solar shades allow light to pass through them but block uv rays similar to a screen.
SafetyDo you have small children or grandchildren? Is this window low enough that small children would be able to reach the window blind cords? Consider cordless shades in areas where children can reach the window blinds.
Ultraviolet(UV) Light IssuesWindow treatments can block harmful uv rays that damage fabrics on furniture, carpets, and more. Each window treatment filters or blocks uv rays differently depending on the fabric or material of the blinds or shades.
EnergyAny window treatment will help reduce energy costs. However, different window coverings are better insulators than others. The top energy efficient blinds are cellular shades. Honeycomb shades have a unique cell pattern that uses air for insulation.
Care & CleaningConsider the type of window covering and the application when purchasing. Some window shades are easier to clean and care for than others. For instance, you might want a blind that is easier to clean on a window in the kitchen.
By answering these design considerations you can correctly select window coverings. Your window blinds will not only be attractive and stylish but will fit the needs of your home and your windows.
Blinds Chalet has more than 25 years of experience selling and installing window treatments. Attractive, high quality, and durable window blinds and window shades to fit any energy saving plan, decorating style, and budget. For information on what types of window shades, accessories, and any other window covering needs, visit www.blindschalet.com.
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