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Classy and Natural – Wooden Blinds

Every time I think of purchasing new pillows for the couch or accents for the coffee table, I have to stop and think “now, will this go with my curtains?” If I cannot answer that question, I don’t leave the store with that item. If only I could switch up my window treatments as often as I want to re-do my living room.

There are so many options out there for window treatments. If you’re going for classy, sleek, natural or cozy, consider adding wooden blinds to your environment. Wood is typically associated with nature and thus can cozy up a room in a heartbeat, but it has also recently gained a reputation of classiness, making it oh so trendy.

Besides their natural beauty, there are many other advantages of using wooden blinds. Wooden blinds are very convenient, because they simply require a good dusting now and then rather than washing. And with their slats pulled down, wooden blinds can offer maximum sun protection. They are more durable than other varieties of blinds, and are made of sturdy materials that will look nice and new even after years of use.

There are different materials used in the manufacturing of wooden blinds such as fabrics, plastics and faux wood. Bass wood is a very popular material for wooden blinds. Depending on the style you choose, you could finally stop asking yourself “will this go with my curtains?”

There are different kinds of wooden blinds available on the market such as vertical blinds, woven blinds, mini blinds, etc. Each of these varieties caters to different surroundings and needs. If you have an odd sized or shaped window, then you might consider opting for ‘made to measure’ services. This ensures that you will get the best fitting for your blinds.

Curtains may be a price effective option at the moment, but do consider the countless designs, colors, and arrangements that would go well with wooden blinds for years to come. Available in various price ranges – choose the variety that best suits your budget and needs.

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Posted by Sarah Moore - November 24, 2014 at 10:00 am

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Window and Siding Materials

Sidings and windows are usually considered as decorations for the house. To contribute an aesthetic appeal of the house, people drain their pockets for sidings and windows. They pay more attention because it is what guests see when they enter a house.

Siding refers to the outer covering, or cladding, of the house. Besides the walls of concrete, the sidings are there for design. It is the basis of what vibe the décor of the house will give off. Before, the sidings were constructed of the bricks that were naturally showing cause of the brick houses. These day, there are a lot of materials that make up a siding of a house all installed with decoration in mind.

Windows are more than just for decorative purposes. They are still part of the beauty of the house, on top of the glass and curtains used, but windows have more purpose that just those.

They are there for ventilation and light inside the house. Natural light aids in saving energy and giving the inside of the house a natural appeal that creates an impact on the people inside.

Among the most common materials used for a siding is recycled metal. This is sustainable since it does not rot and can be molded accordingly. Recycled metal usually consists of steel and aluminum. With adequate research and studying, one can use old scrap parts and melt them to create sidings. This is common because of the scarcity of other materials and in conserving the environment.

Wood is another material typically used for sidings and windows. Unluckily, it is a material that is not easily sustainable.

For the most part, wood is harvested more than it is produced, so that creates an imbalance in the environment. With this, people usually make the switch to other materials for replacement windows like metals and some ceramic. It is still a famous options though, particularly for houses that have an antique look.

Finally, cement fiber is yet another popular siding material. It is rather new to the industry but has been gaining a lot of attention because of the advantages that come with it. It is considered environment friendly and low maintenance. It is sturdy and does not get compromised quickly.

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Posted by Sarah Moore - July 8, 2013 at 2:47 pm

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All-Season Window Decorating

Majority of window treatments are good for a season or two, but don’t work for the remaining seasons. When you happen to reside where climates have four seasons, window treatments aren’t good for the whole year. That is the reason why layering blinds brings both an aesthetic quality to windows and functional quality, too. With one installation, you may have blinds and shades that don’t just do filtering of light and UV rays, but can offer great insulation for the cold winter months. Here are some suggestions in regards to layering window blinds and shades.

•  EnviroFusion Textured Linen Roman Shades

If you want to have two shades at a time without having to decide which shade to go for, the EnviroFusion Textured Linen Roman Shades are great option. These are a mix of of cellular shades that are utilized as a liner for insulation along with Roman Shades that are elegant and chic.

•  Solar Screen Shades and Custom Drapes

Windows that are receiving a great amount of sunlight are perfect for views, but they can fade due to UV rays. With such shades, the view is still intact, but it can very well filter light for less eyestrain and glare on computer or television surfaces. They keep out the cold during wintertime and help with energy efficiency inside the home. They give privacy, but when they’re open, they beautify windows and help get color schemes in the room together.

•  Woven Wood Shades and Shade Liners

Woven wood shades are those South Pacific style woven wood blinds, also known as grass blinds. They give an extremely unique look with a tropical feel. However, they don’t offer privacy or energy efficiency. Per se, they have aesthetic value, but for practical purposes a liner is advised. A simple liner can have privacy and help in regulating temperatures.

These are just some of possible laying decorations for windows. In window treatments shops, be it online or physical, you can take home or order samples just to assess how colors and textures will go with your current interior design.

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Posted by Sarah Moore - June 12, 2013 at 1:51 pm

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Streak Free Window Cleaning

If you have tried cleaning your windows by yourself, then you must know it’s harder than you thought it would be. You will find that there are many blemishes and marks ending up on the window no matter your attempts to do a meticulous job. In worst case scenarios, it can even turn out worse.

Streaks are one of the things to worry about. It will look like you have something sticky running down the surface of your glass. Maybe your windows have marks, but if the product that you opt for will leave large ugly streaks down your glass then this is going to give you a hard time.

Moreover, your windows are the only part of your home that you are able to see from both inside and out. Meaning, if you clean your windows in a certain method that would leave streaks, then you don’t only destroy the way your window looks for people who see it from the outside world, but also in your eyes.

That is the main reason why you should consider the streaks. What causes these to begin with? Water leaves what is known as a water mark. Other things can bring about the streaks, too. They involve those that use the wrong cleaning product not meant for windows, or when you have too much of the product and not enough water. If the product tends to be very soapy, you are bound to have sticky windows. Thus, they are more likely to collect dust and other debris.

A professional service is sure to give you streak-less windows. After all, they have all the right tools and experience. You can always do it yourself, considering you follow some significant tips. First, see to it that you have the best product and follow the instructions of how to use it properly. Then, leave it to soak before you wipe it off with the use of an arching movement. After which, wipe with water and then a dry and clean cloth.

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Posted by Sarah Moore - June 9, 2013 at 12:54 pm

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What Color window treatments?

Question by Jessica L: What Color window treatments?
Hi so…my couches are sage green and my walls are like a peach tone paint and the carpet is light brown and then all of our furniture is a dark wood so I was wondering what color would look good for the two window treatments in my living room?? I was thinking a light beige but I have no clue :(thanks

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Answer by MailorderMaven
How about using the wall color in a deeper tone, with a sage accent? LIke these curtains from Bed Bath and Beyond, and use fabric glue or iron-on web tape to add a sage ribbon to the edge:

Or maybe these apricot drapes from the same site:

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Posted by Window Treatments - April 1, 2013 at 1:58 pm

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What kind of window treatments are best for a child’s room?

Question by Ray Alexander: What kind of window treatments are best for a child’s room?

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Sometimes simpler is better. Window treatments in a child’s room can really tie together all the decorating elements. Something charming, colorful, and effective in cutting the light is a perfect choice.
But kids’ rooms deserve special consideration. It’s important that any window covering chosen for a child’s room be safe, functional, colorful, stylish, and fun.

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Posted by Window Treatments - February 21, 2013 at 2:36 pm

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Q&A: need some suggestions for window treatments in nursery?

Question by julie: need some suggestions for window treatments in nursery?
What do I do about privacy? I kind of wanted to try to get some panels and a shade, just so it looks finished, but will that be to much? Also what color panels would you recommend? I was thinking pink?

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Answer by Laura M

Let me contribute the cheap answer, (you need to save those pennies!) If you buy a basic white, plastic roller shade, they are very easy to paint, stencil or stamp. The design on your bedding is quite simple, and you could find a similarly shaped flower stamp at any craft store. You could either cover the shade with alternating pink flowers, or do a row at the bottom. It wouldn’t overwhelm the room with pink, would be very cute with the valance, and if it got broken, it would be no big deal to replace. (I’m talking about the shades that attach inside the window frame, and have no cords.)

Hope all goes well with your little one’s arrival.

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Posted by Window Treatments - February 14, 2013 at 1:24 pm

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Vertical Blinds For Your Windows

When you want window treatments for your office, home or commercial building, then you should consider opting for vertical blind. They are great in enhancing the beauty of your windows, and they are popular for large windows. Vertical blinds have become more and more popular and it serves for different purposes, such as window covers, decorative accents or room dividers. Here are tips before buying:

Pick the right material. The most common materials used in vertical blinds are PVC, fabric or fabric insert. Recently, PVC technology has been improving vastly; hence you will observce smooth or rich textured look.  If you want light filtering, fabric or fabric free hung would be the perfect choice. They do not close tightly when you rotate them shut. They have weighty bottom, so they remain well secured if you have windy atmosphere.

Have your budget fixed. Before you have them installed, set your budget. Their prices differ based on different factors such as material, style, and brand, among many others. Say, wooden blinds are more expensive than vertical blinds. Overall blinds are affordable, but it depends on your requirements and preferences.

You must match with measurements. Regardless of the kind of vertical blinds you opt for, see to it that it is covering the full length of your window or wall. To know the precise measurement, measure the old blinds that you already have. Bear in mind that if the blinds leave few inches, sunlight can sneak through the gap. Also, it is best to steer clear of over-sized blinds since they could cause damage to the wall by putting scratch because of weighty bottom.

Pick your color. This is yet another significant factor when you pick the perfect blinds for your window. It is best to stay away dark colored vertical blinds since the room or home will look dark. The perfect shades would be light pink, light blue and light green. White is also an extremely popular choice.

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Posted by Sarah Moore - February 10, 2013 at 12:00 pm

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What type of french door window treatment would look good in a room that has white window shutters?

Question by Curious Me: What type of french door window treatment would look good in a room that has white window shutters?
My family room has white window shutters. My dilemma is what type of window treatment to install for my french doors which are in the same room. I don’t want to use something that will clash with the white shutters.

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Answer by c_kayak_fun
Why would you want to put “window treatments” (curtains?) on a French door? The purpose of a French door is to let light pass through so I don’t understand why you would want to block that or clutter up the door with useless “decor.”. If you absolutely need something over the glass for privacy, the only thing I’ve ever seen that looked decent on French doors is top and bottom rod-shirred sheer or lace in ivory or white. Since your shutters are white, use white.

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Posted by Window Treatments - January 25, 2013 at 1:39 pm

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what kind of window treatment doesn’t require a screw?

Question by blah: what kind of window treatment doesn’t require a screw?
I just moved into an apartment complex where we can’t put screws in the wall. They have horizontal blinds in the window in my room, but they are quite old and terrible and offer little privacy. Are there any ways to hang window treatments that don’t involve screws or nails into the wall? What kind of windows or coverings are possible?


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Answer by Equality
Buy tension rods at the store, costs are $ 3 up to 10 depending on size. These rods have rubber caps that don’t mar the walls. You can hang anything from these rods. Look at the website for cheap curtains, drapes and sheers

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Posted by Window Treatments - January 24, 2013 at 1:50 pm

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