Finding the perfect window treatments for your home isn’t always about function. Yes, sometimes you need a shade to block light or nosey neighbors and looky-loos. But what about finding the perfect style – your style. Have a look in your closet. Everything in there is a reflexion of your taste (ignore that sweater you got for your birthday last year). Your window treatments can be the same way! Here are 10 rooms we hope will inspire you to coordinate your shades, blinds or draperies with your individual taste and style.
Can’t take the heat? Put solar shades in the kitchen (that’s how that saying goes, right?). We have a few window treatment suggestions that are perfect for one of the busiest, messiest (no judgments) rooms in your home. You may be thinking, “Wait – aren’t all window treatments good for the kitchen?” Well if you’ve ever fried a chicken cutlet near a silk drapery or roman shade, you’d know the answer to that question is a resounding no.
Chilewich Solar Shades
You may recognize Chilewich from their unique textiles and designer placemats. The easy-clean nature of their materials translates perfectly to the window, making them ideal for areas close to sinks and stoves. Splash damage from water or grease? No problem for these wonderful weaves! A simple wipe with a damp cloth is all it takes to clean your shade. These materials also have light filtering benefits, which will reduce incoming heat from the sun.
Visit our solar shade page to see our Chilewich line and more than 60 additional beautiful solar shade looks – all great for your kitchen!
Similar to solar shades, roller shades are unobtrusive and easy to clean. If you’re design sensibilities skew towards bold and beautiful, you’ll find more audacious prints and patterns here than you will with solar shades. A variety of light filtering and blackout materials are available as well, making it easy to strike the perfect balance between natural light and privacy.
Faux Wood Blinds
Warp resistant? Check. Mildew resistant? You bet. These are some durable blinds! Perfect for the high-traffic areas of your home, faux wood has a reputation for withstanding anything you can throw at it – including the kitchen sink (please don’t throw your sink). Next time you’re cooking up something yummy in your kitchen, get as messy as you want – these blinds can take it.
There you have it – 3 window treatment solutions perfect for your kitchen. If you have any questions, we’d love to chat with you! Just call, click or visit a showroom!
Indoor plants are a great way to add interest to your interiors. Traditionally, they require little maintenance, but there are a few things to keep your eye on. When it comes to sunlight, some plants thrive in indirect sunlight, while others need the full blast of those sunny-day rays. Here are a few window treatment ideas to help you control the natural light that enters your home. Your plants will thank you.
Because solar shades come in a variety of transparencies (1, 3, 5, 7 & 10%), they’re the perfect window treatment to get that just-right amount of sunlight for your green buddies. If you find your plants only need a little sunlight, consider a 1% transparency. Think they need a little more? Then 10% is the way to go. The lower the percentage, the tighter the weave. The tighter the weave, the less sunlight gets through.
Roller Shades in Light Filtering Materials
Similar to solar shades, light filtering roller shades will open up your home to natural light. There are no percentages here, so we recommend ordering some free swatches, holding them up to your window, and seeing which provides the right amount for you and your plants. With more than 55 materials and 6 collections, you’re sure to find something your plants will love.
Soft and pliable with a lovely texture, sheer fabrics will filter natural light into your home, saving your plants from harsh direct sunlight. Both roman shades and drapery can be made from sheer fabrics, so there’s no shortage of styles to choose from. Browse our sheer collection of 35+ materials, and visit our photo gallery for some inspiration.
To learn more about light control in your home, speak to one of our design consultants today.
Small space doesn’t have to mean small style. Here are 4 ways our custom window treatments can open up your space and elevate your decor.
1. It’s All in the Placement
Mounting your window treatments near the ceiling makes your window and room appear taller. This will automatically draw the eye up for a grander feel when you walk into the room. This tip works especially well with drapery and roman shades!
2. Choosing a Color
For a smaller space, lighter colors will help to reflect light, creating an open and airy feel. To create the illusion of even more space, match your window treatment color to the wall color creating a continuous look.
3. Let Light In
Choose a sheer material that will allow light to fill the room, making it look brighter and more inviting. Since natural light is an expander and a mood lifter, your room will feel bigger and you’ll be happier. Try Linen Sheer, Sheer Elegance and Basket Sheer fabrics in light colors.
4. Keep it Simple
Roller shades can help create a clean, minimalist look. They roll up when not in use which helps let in the maximum amount of light and keeps the window looking sleek!
You picked the perfect faucet. Your shower curtain and towels are carefully coordinated. You finally found that Dyptique candle you’ve been searching for. Don’t stop there!
A just-right bathroom window treatment can be the perfect finishing touch for your dream bathroom.. Here are a few expert tips to help you choose:
1. First things first: How steamy is your bathroom?
Does your mirror fog up when you shower? If so, pick a treatment that’s great for high-moisture baths and in-shower windows, like a solar shade, a Chilewich roller shade, or faux wood blinds. These treatments are extremely durable and won’t warp. They’re also great for privacy, speaking of which…
2. How much privacy do you need?
It’s different for every customer and every bathroom. Roller shades made from our Thompson and Park materials offer tons of privacy while still letting in natural light – but they are best suited for well-ventilated bathrooms.
Top down bottom up shades can be raised from the bottom or lowered from the top, allowing for various degrees of privacy and light control. Top down bottom up functionality is available for roman, woven wood, cellular and XL pleated styles, so there’s tons of selection.
3. Working on a powder room?
A small half-bath is your chance to turn an often overlooked space into a jewel box for you and your guests. Try a decorative tulip roman shade in a rich fabric. You can even layer it over a light filtering roller shade for extra privacy.
4. Try it before you buy it.
We know you’re impatient for that first bubble bath, but do yourself a favor and stop into a showroom or hop online to order free swatches – it’s the best way to test out privacy, color, texture and durability for your bathroom.