DECO WINDOW FASHIONS
Anything related to window treatments immediately feels daunting to most. You move in to a new place and immediately you’re stuck without any privacy what-so-ever! Who among you has ever taped up paper to temporarily cover windows, only to find out that they’re still hoping your neighbors won’t see though the paper a year later?!
Ah,… we’ve all been there. And even though window treatments take a lot of careful thought to ensure style and architecture are highlighted, we got together with our friends at DECO Window Fashions, who specialize in custom window treatments, to narrow down and give you some base layer possibilities. These are meant to help you cover things practically in a beautiful way. You’ll still need some layering with fabric and pattern, but the options below are a great baseline to take care of privacy. Let’s walk through a couple of options:
Solar Shades are a cool thing to happen to window coverings. Somewhat similar to a Roman Shade in function, but sleeker. Think minimalism, particularly since most of the time there is no valance used; just simply the Solar Shade. And that’s the beauty of them: Unassuming, clean in their aesthetic, they provide the perfect canvas to any window, all the while lessening any UV rays. In addition, the best part of solar shades is that they let the light in. In fact, as much or as little as you like. Simply by choosing the percentage of tightness in weave of the fabric, you can select the amount of visibility / privacy your shade allows. For example, in a bathroom where one typically prefers more of a barrier, an openness of 1% might be best suited. While a kitchen (particularly at the sink where light is much loved), might push you further out to a 5%-10%. Their flexibility and ease make them a great option where you want to keep things straightforward.
When a view is crucial (and thankfully most of the time they are), a Silhouette Shade is a great starting point. With the ability to be raised and lowered to any height, creating variable light control, this type of shade was named 2015 Product of the Year by the Window Coverings Manufacturers Association, citing Hunter Douglas’ Alustra Collection. The neat thing about Silhouette Shades is that they combine a roller shade and a honeycomb shade; giving you the sheerness of the front fabric, with extra coverage once the honeycomb slats are turned to their flattened position. It’s a clever solution with ease of use. A nice framework for capturing a view and giving privacy at the same time.
Hooray for motorization since it’s one of our favorite things to use!
Most people assume that motorized window treatments are for commercial use only, but in today’s world where all-at-one’s-fingertips is what we crave, these are becoming more commonplace in homes. Why go the extra mile and budget for them? Simply because they solve some pretty big problems. Imagine a beautiful space with double height ceiling and windows up high, with a view to match. Motorized shades eliminate the danger of having to climb up on a ladder every time a shade has to be raised or lowered; a highly impractical scenario for those unreachable windows. They also are a frustration saver in any room with an abundance of windows. Imagine, some of the spaces we tackle have more than any average amount of windows in a room. Like this project’s space – eight windows running right next to each other – and in a nursery no less. A motorized shade keeps baby asleep without all that tugging on the cords and readjusting each day. Keeping children away from poorly placed pull-cords is the best way to keep children safe and sound from choking hazards too.
So, some food for thought to get anyone started on the right window covering path. And one last thought to make it worth your while: In all my years of experience as a designer and as a home owner and seller, the one thing that makes a buyer eager to make an offer (in addition of course to updated kitchens and baths) are window treatments. If they have been well-solved, you will sell your home faster. Why? Because we all know it can feel daunting to decipher since window treatments are often unique to a home and not really transferable. Basically, they are a very important thing to resolve in any home and fun to feature as well.