Bare windows are not pleasant to look at. No matter what, you will want to place something there to add more beauty to the room, plus you will also want your privacy from time to time.
Your option would be to check out the different types of window treatments available in the market. The most common choice would be curtains, but a new and better option nowadays is going for magic blinds.
These blinds work like curtains, but without all the fuss of installation. All you need to do is snap them right on the curtain rod. Their magic comes from their self-locking mechanism—that’s all it takes to hang them up on windows.
When you’ve decided to purchase magic blinds online, be sure you’ve gotten the dimensions of your windows. You should measure the window frame because these blinds go in front. If you only measure the windows and get blinds with the exact measurement, your blinds will definitely look shrunken and the light from outside will surely peek out the sides and bottom; not pleasing to the eye at all. With the right dimensions, your windows will seem even larger; an advantage for your room. Read the rest of this entry
Lace Priscilla curtains, with their soft drapes and ruffled edging, is a rather feminine look. They are gorgeous additions to girls’ bedrooms, romantic boudoirs, or cheery kitchens. They can also be used for rooms that have more masculine appeal, however. They simply need to be toned down by hanging them together with waverly toile curtains used as valances or swags.
Toile curtains, from the French toule de Jouy, is a type of fabric pattern that depicts monochromatic pastoral scenes or flower arrangement on a white or off-white background. The pattern is printed using a single color (usually black, dark red or navy blue).
This fabric pattern is commonly associated with upper-class English country themes, until around the year 2000, when it experienced mainstream popularity when couture designers began incorporating it into clothes as a related effect of reviving 70s styles. Read the rest of this entry
With a wide array of curtains available, selecting a curtain rail can be a bit of a challenge. To save you time while you shop, keep in mind the following factors so you can come up with the best purchase.
Common Rails are the most economical and very easy to install and no maintenance required. This is used in ordinary home curtains and draperies. Corded Rails on the other hand reminds us of theater curtails which you pull cords to open and close the curtains.
This is best for heavy curtain material or those with very high ceilings. Motorized rails are the most modern way of opening and closing curtains and blinds using a motor. Although convenient to use, this requires maintenance and spend usage like any electrical appliance. Read the rest of this entry
Honeycomb blinds are pleated window coverings that collapse like an accordion. They are usually mounted as cordless blinds to make the most of their compactness when folded. Honeycomb blinds are so-called because of its design: if you view it laterally, you will see that it contains air pockets, or cells, that resemble a honeycomb.
Honeycomb, or cellular, blinds are energy efficient- the air pockets provide a cooling effect in the summer by filtering some of the heat coming from outside the window. In the winter, it helps keep the room warmth by preventing heat from escaping out the window. There are single cell, double cell, and even triple cell variations now available in the market.
Honeycomb blinds initially cost some outlay, but more than make up for savings in efficiency in the long run. To ensure that you get your money’s worth, here are some tips on prolonging the functional life of your blinds: Read the rest of this entry
Your windows could certainly benefit from having some new shades on them. The styles we will be discussing here have more to do with the exterior aspect for one style and the interior aspect to the other.
They are beneficial because they will reduce the amount of heat buildup in your home. These screens or shades, depending on which term you use, both come in a variety of styles and colors. There are also different materials, some proprietary, used by specific manufacturers.
The various manufacturers make claims as to the superiority of their product. Some solar screens may actually be better than others, but the claims are often unsubstantiated. The blocking of the ultraviolet rays from the sun is a big benefit, however, no matter the claims. Read the rest of this entry
Sheer panels is a product used in every house and every form of lifestyle. You should not be a rich guy to afford these and are almost of the same price as the curtains and few materials are the cheapest that you might have ever thought of, and fixing them with the curtains is an easy game altogether.
Sheer panels have been used in many designs, styles and many formats. You have to make up your mind on what exactly you want or you may end up buying a wrong one because there are many designs out there and you will probably get lost in the entire range.
The polka dots sheer panels are a product specially designed for the lobby area and the common sitting area that may lead to the patio and all. These designs are not actually meant for and is the common area that may need these types of designs, these are neutral designs and can be easily fixed with the any kind of format thus a best buy for the dining area or the lobby or the swimming pool; the indoor one. Read the rest of this entry
One of the most popular forms of window treatment in homes today is the eyelet curtain. And why wouldn’t they be as there are so many advantages to using them. For starters, they are extremely easy to remove for cleaning purposes, they look fantastic and they are not the most expensive type of curtain to buy either. Eyelet curtains work well both on full length and smaller windows.
I don’t know about you, but I always end up having a fight with my curtains and sore arms to boot when I hang them back up after washing. Eyelet curtains alleviate all that stress as they are incredibly easy to put up. All you have to do is slide the curtain bar through the eyelets without any fuss…..or sore arms! Another advantage to having eyelet curtains in your home is because they allow the curtain pole to be visible, so if you wanted to buy a decorative one this type of curtain would show it off for you! Read the rest of this entry
Voile is the best material for the curtain panels and since the material is easy to care and has the advantage of the superior quality look that may define the right kind of usage, these are the few things about voile as a material that makes it so popular among the buyers.
Well voile has a all together a different angle for the curtain panels and that is because it can be used at any place and the seasonal preference also don’t old any problem in this case.
Voile is best suited in the white color and the general trend is towards the voile sheer curtain panels in the plain white, this makes it all the more authentic and the simple use of whit color is one of the best choice. If the selection is for the living room than probably you should pick some other design and not a plain white material, and the design can be on the white base, that kind of design also looks good.
White plain material is used for the lobby area or the dinning area and is occasionally preferred for the bed rooms too. This may suit the bedroom if the color theme is in light cream and the furniture is of natural wood tan, kind of fits in majority of the houses because the color theme and all is not used by many. Read the rest of this entry
There are a variety of reasons why you might choose to purchase cordless cellular shades. Chief among them, if you have children, may be for safety reasons. There has been much made about the recent tragedies regarding the choking deaths of small children with the cords from the blinds and shades; even with the warning labels that have been placed on them for years.
Rightly so, these are absolutely horrific tragedies that no parent should ever have to suffer through. Another feature of these types of shades is their insulation effect. We’ll talk more about these things here.
The insulation effects of these shades is provided by the way they are constructed. The production of them yields a honeycomb shaped feature. This makeup gives them separate cells or channels. These cells hold or trap air that gives them their insulation properties. Think of the way they work like down comforters and fur on animals. They come in various pleated styles and multiple cells. Read the rest of this entry
We usually place curtains for windows as a home decor. It all starts and end at that. Well, aside from the fact that these curtains are actually home decors, it has some other functions that you have to know.
One of the multi- functional types of curtains available today are thermal curtains. From the name itself, you will then realize that this is a no ordinary curtain. Aside from being an elegant and stylish curtain, here are some other benefits that you can get from a thermal curtain;
- During a cold winter night, expect that these curtains will serve as your protection. It traps the cold breeze of the wind from entering your home. All you have to do is to tightly close the curtains and you’re safe from a snowy evening. Read the rest of this entry
Semi lace sheer panel is a fast moving product as far as the furnishing market is concerned and its bigger market is in the rural areas and the small towns and is almost insignificant for the large cities because the houses are small and the trend of having a lobby to sit which will open in the large open farm or a green belt is a rarity.
Semi lace is extensively used for the kitchen windows as, it gives the kitchen a nice finish and the you are totally safe from your neighbor peeping inside your house.
These lace sheer panels allow the day light to illuminate your house. The semi sheers can even installed into your bedroom just because you have an open house outside view would be great pleasurable experience, specially on a sunny afternoon. Read the rest of this entry
Tension curtain rods are one of those great design innovations that have made decorating easier for both the professional and home do-it-yourself enthusiast. They are extremely easy to install. Best used with shorter curtains, these rods work perfectly for rooms with limited window frame space and where drilling holes is difficult due to metal hurricane bracing and steel frames.
Tension rods are made with a spring in the center of the rod which, when secured into place, forces tension on both sides of the rod, forcing it outward. The end caps are made of rubber, to diminish marking walls and window frames when used.
To install these curtain rods, simply unscrew the center of the rod, fit it snuggly in the window, and then secure the screw again. Once the screw is secured into place, you will be able to gently remove the rod by applying pressure inward from both sides, which will give you enough tension release to remove the rod. Read the rest of this entry
If you are looking for cheap, yet nice looking panel curtains for your room you may want to take a look at the selection of Waverly curtains. They are available from many different larger stores and can also be bought online for fairly cheap prices.
One thing that makes these quite a popular choice is that not only are there matching curtains and valances available, but it is also possible to buy a whole range of home accessories to match the curtains; even wallpaper.
Thus if you are looking for a complete set of items for a bathroom, for example, you could choose curtains from the Waverly line and also buy matching bath mats, towels and even bath curtains. This is a real time saver as you do not have to hunt around looking for matching items, but can instead buy it all from the one place at the one time. Read the rest of this entry
Mothers of young daughters are always looking for a better way to design their babies’ bedroom to make it as warm and comfortable as possible. One way that instantly softens the ambiance of a bedroom is by installing pink curtains. A shade of pink almost instantly creates a harmonious environment as it is gentle to the eyes and reminds the child of a gentle embrace or the smell of sweet candies.
For younger girls, pink gingham curtains will be a good choice. The delicate white checkers complement the innocent nature of your little angels. Although it is not necessary to use a matching bed cover, a light pink blanket will render the bedroom even more welcoming and warm. Decorative throw pillows can add zest with a tastefully chosen contrasting color.
Another tip to create a cozy bedroom for girls is by working on the walls. The color of the wall will have to complement the soft color of the curtains. Pastel colors, such as light blue and purple will go very well with these shades of drapes. If the child is allergic to latex paint, wallpaper is another decorating alternative that can add a cozy feel to the room.
Choose wallpaper than imitates grassland or the clouds on a clear sky. Such natural images will help create a bedroom with harmony. As a decoration to the bedroom, many mothers like to put a pot of flowers at the window. Not only will the flowers bring life to the room, mothers can also use the flowers to educate their children about plants. Read the rest of this entry
Window treatments are part of what makes a house a home. It’s hard to imagine a beautiful, stylish room with bare windows on the walls, which is part of the reason that curtains and blinds are such an essential part of one’s home.
But there are quite a few things that must be taken into consideration when choosing the kind of window treatments that you’ll be using. For one thing, you need to make sure that you get something that will provide you with the privacy and room darkening capabilities that you need.
For another, you’ll need to choose window treatments that are both practical and affordable. And finally, you’ll also want to make a selection that will blend well with, complement, or enhance the rest of your room’s decor. Read the rest of this entry
In the 1950s and well into the ’60s, red gingham curtains were all the rage as a choice for kitchen curtains. For baby boomers, the sight of red gingham curtains brings back memories of hot apple pie, mom in an apron and laminate table tops. Red gingham has a way of doing evoking all sorts of memories.
Gingham is pattern on fabric, generally a cotton fiber, with a design made of checkerboard squares. Red gingham was patterned with red and white squares.
But there were a variety of color choices for gingham that included pink, amber, blue, green and yellow, usually with white as the contrasting color. Red and white gingham has long been a favorite, used in dresses, linens and especially kitchen curtains. Read the rest of this entry
A victory swag valance can add a little versatility to your décor with dramatic curves from the top and lengthy sides draping around your window. It looks elegant but is also a rather showy way to accent your windows. You can use the victory valance with blinds or panels if you choose.
It is possible to design victory valances yourself if you are handy with fabric and measuring tape. You could also purchase valances of all sizes to accommodate any windows if you prefer. In either case, you should be able to choose the type of fabric you like.
Should you decide to make your own, get yourself a victory valance pattern that will fit your window or windows. You also need to get a rod that will not only fit your window but also gives you room to arrange your curves. Read the rest of this entry
If you have a very small child you should consider investing in a baby sunshade for their protection as soon as possible. The infant will be shielded away from the damaging effects of the sun and from body temperature rising to an unhealthy elevation. One does not want a baby who is very hot and cranky. They also do not want their baby to be suffering from damage to its delicate skin caused by sun exposure and sunburn as the culprit.
Fifteen minutes are all it can take for you and your child to get sunburn and this can even happen on a very cloudy day. The recommended times for not having your baby in direct sunlight is between 10 and 2 pm. Nonetheless, the best rule of thumb is to extend that time until at least even 4 to 5 o’clock in the evening.
It is advisable to not put anything oily on your infant. This is because it will stop him or her from sweating naturally and this can cause a rise in body temperature. Babies should get some sunlight as it assists the child to create Vitamin D. Vitamin D is a hormone steroid that the human body makes with the sun’s UVB rays.
What is special about Vitamin D to babies is that it helps them to absorb any calcium they should eat or drink. If a baby does not get any sunlight at all, they can get a medical condition called rickets. Rickets afflicts bone growth in youngsters and this can be avoided by keeping your baby in the sun for just a few minutes each day.
How can you keep your baby protected from harsh sunlight? If you travel with your baby in an automobile, it is wise to install lots of sunshade to keep your tot safe from the dangerous rays of sun. sunshade come in different forms and can usually be attached to car windows with the aid of suction cups.
Some sun shades even come available in the roll up variety that work pretty much like a window roll up shade that you would find in a residence. This type of baby sunshade is found at shopping stores and on the internet.
Sunshade tents are also an available item to use for the beach in addition. What are the advantages of sunshade tents? They are easy to work with and are lightweight in description. They are purchased online and found at some department stores too as well for those interested in buying them. Many strollers already come with their own sunshade attached. However, some sunshade are put on a stroller as well.
You should only choose a sunshade for your baby. That goes along with your specific needs. This is able to protect your child. Sunshade tents work very well for the beach when required. What makes them special is there pop-up assembly and can fold away just as fast. They are also very lightweight. A baby sunshade can be found online if you do the searching for it specifically. A baby sunshade should not only suit your requirements but also serve well in protecting baby.
If you enjoy decorating your home, you would probably like to do more of it but it can be costly and time consuming to give a room a whole new look. It would be much better if you could change just a few things and achieve a fresh look like that.
Well, you can!
Window treatments have so much impact that they can instantly give your room a lift. If new curtains are out of the question, consider just adding or changing the window valances to give your windows a new look. You can either use the window valances with a cheap window blind or use a contrast valance with your curtain curtains.
One thing a valance can do is to help you bring a new color into your room. Once you have your valance in the new color, you can swap out a few other accessories in the room and replace them with those which match your valance. Read the rest of this entry
Are you looking for an alternative for the cheap-looking vinyl blinds? Then you should look for aluminum blinds. Available in many colors, they are sturdier than the vinyl ones and much more stylish. They do cost more, but they will last longer and give a modern feel to any room.
Sizes range ½” (micro-blinds), 1” and 1 3/8” (mini blinds), and 2” (blinds, or macro blinds). The main difference in daily use is that mini blinds give you more control over light, while macro blinds give you a better view once you open them.
Aluminum blinds come in many colors, so they fit most decoration styles. You can combine colors if you want, or use simpler colors such as silver, bronze and black for a contemporary room. Read the rest of this entry