Creating a hypoallergenic environment in your home for spring

May 18 2011

Creating a hypoallergenic environment in your home for spring.
Creating a hypoallergenic environment in your home for spring.
Spring is here and now that people are opening up their windows and letting the fresh air into their homes, they are also letting in a large amount of pollen and other allergens. For individuals with allergies, this can make your home nearly uninhabitable during the warm seasons. However, window blinds and shades could be your best ally to regulate the temperature in your home without having to open up the windows to keep it cool. Think of this as the perfect time to renew the look of your living space, by taking a chance with a bold color choice to breathe new life into your space.

Stephen Smith, a home decorating specialist recently sat down with Idaho's KPVI to share his philosophy on choosing window treatments.

"Window treatments don't have to fade into the background," Smith told the news source. "Embrace color and texture, and let your shades stand out and be the fashionable focal point of the room."

When you're choosing window treatments for your home, try not to settle into a certain design aesthetic and go with what you think will work best. For consumers with allergies, the best bet is to choose a window covering that will resist the buildup of dust and other allergens, and one that will require less cleaning throughout its life span. For this reason, a fabric shade is one of the best choices for individuals with allergies, and it can easily liven up the look of your home.

With this in mind, it's important to choose decorative accents that appeal to you, rather than conforming to a specific trend. If you feel strongly about a vivid color for your window treatments, go for it! Or you can combine a neutral shade with some vibrant draperies or curtains for an additional burst of color. For draperies, a good rule of thumb is to always have them sit one inch above the floor to create a uniform appearance.

Another style choice to consider to create a dramatic effect with your window treatments is to give your window trim a glossy paint color. Choose a color that will complement your window coverings such as black and bronze, which will work to accentuate the look of your windows. A color such as this will also resist fading and losing its brilliance from constant sun exposure, and help to give your living space a welcome style update.

With these considerations in mind, window treatments such as roman shades could be the perfect choice for any living space. They come in a variety of colors to suit any décor, and they can be custom made to fit any window. They are made from durable polyester and can also be made in room darkening varieties for the perfect light-filtering ability in bedrooms. The shades are also available in EnviroFushion format, which includes a cellular liner that will help to control air leakage and help reduce the cost of your monthly utility bills.

If you're looking for a window treatment that will go with just about anything, bamboo woven wood shades are the way to go. These shades are available in a wide range of colors and styles and they will instantly add warmth and a natural aesthetic to your living space. They are also available with a privacy liner that's perfect for urban apartments.

No matter what window treatment you choose, they will go a long way to help create an allergen-free environment during the spring, and to help infuse some fashionable style into your home.  
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