by Anita C. Yoder
Interior Designer & President
Heritage Design Interiors Inc.
Today, there are many different styles, options and features for your windows and sliding doors. With so many details, it can become confusing, especially with different types of windows and applications. Every home and workplace has unique needs and wants in addition to color schemes and styles. Energy Savings. Whether it is the heat of summer or the cold of winter, your window treatments can help energy efficiency in the maintaining the interior comfort of your home. Honeycomb blinds are a great option to cover your windows. Hunter Douglas carries a honeycomb blind call Duette Architella that has an excellent R Value. Blinds with slats or vanes will help with keeping the cold or heat out when they are closed but a solid fabric blind such as a honeycomb is a superior option for insulting your windows.
If your windows are older and drafty, honeycomb shades are less expensive than replacing windows. Privacy. Of course, when your blinds or shades are closed, you have privacy. The “top down/bottom up” feature is a great option for privacy while still allowing lots of natural light into your home. An excellent feature for bedrooms, bathrooms and first floor rooms, where you want privacy but still have the ability to see outside through the top half of your window or open the top window for fresh air. This feature is available with cord or cordless lift system.
Privacy. Of course, when your blinds or shades are closed, you have privacy. The “top down/bottom up” feature is a great option for privacy while still allowing lots of natural light into your home. An excellent feature for bedrooms, bathrooms and first floor rooms, where you want privacy but still have the ability to see outside through the top half of your window or open the top window for fresh air. This feature is available with cord or cordless lift system.
Vertical or horizontal blinds offer the flexibility of tilting the slats or vanes for the degree of privacy that is needed. If you have a second story window, you can tilt the slat upward so you have privacy from the ground level and still be able to see sky.
Light Control. Glare on your TV or computer? Semi-opaque blinds and shades can cut the glare without making your room a dark cave. Horizontal or vertical blinds allow you to redirect the light direction.
Room Darkening. If you like the option of sleeping in or during the day, room darkening blinds, shades and draperies are the answer. Some of our clients like the combination of room darkening shades with draperies that are lined with blackout lining. You can cover your windows, sliding doors and skylights to darken your room.
Cordless Lift System for your Blinds & Shades. If you have children and/or pets in your home, cordless lift system, retractable cord system or motorized blinds and shades are a safe option. No more tangled cords!
Motorized Window Treatments. Motorized window treatments are a great option for hard to reach windows. They can be operated via a
remote control, wall control, or your phone. They can be programed your blinds to open at a certain time in the morning and close in the evening. You can set different times for weekdays and weekends. Even when you are away from home, you can still operate your blinds.
Shutters. Also known as Plantation shutters, they are available in many stains and paint colors. Multiple configurations of panels are available for your windows and sliding/French doors. Café, bi-fold, sliding, double hung and special shapes are available as well.
Special Shapes & Sizes. Oversized windows and special shaped windows can be a challenge but there are solutions available. Most special shaped windows generally need templates so the blinds can be correctly made.
Flame Retardant Fabrics are available for your window treatments.
Professional Measuring & Installation. Don’t let a wrong measurement ruin your investment. Let the window treatment experts take care
of the details. Another benefit is getting help with the pros and cons of the many window treatment options. Leave the work of installing your new window treatments to the experienced installer.
Ready Made or Custom Made. Readymade window treatments can be a challenge. Fewer fabric choices and colors, limited sizes, less features, unlined/thin lining, and poor quality of fabric are some of the negatives. Readymade blinds and shades use plastic head rails and parts, which do not hold up over time.
Custom made window treatments are designed specifically for your windows. Offering thousands of fabrics and color choices, measured and made to the size and shape needed using many lining options, and quality fabrics. Custom made blinds and shades use quality materials and parts that offer a warranty to protect your investment.
There are so many window treatment options today. From stationary panels on decorative rods or draw draperies to valances or cornices, offering multiple colors, patterns, and textures for your windows, bedding, and accessories. You may consider adding trims and band of color for a beautiful accent or a decorative rod which can be metal, painted or stained.
Need Help with your Window Treatments? Stop by our store and check out the many window treatment styles and thousands of fabrics, trims, and rods. View the many different types of blinds, shades and shutters, and the options for operating them. We have been selling Hunter Douglas products for over 25 years. We take care of all of the details from measuring, ordering and installing your window treatments. Our workroom also makes bedding, pillows, shower curtains, and can reupholster or make slipcovers for your furniture. As window treatment experts and interior designers, we can help you coordinate your window coverings with new paint colors, furniture, area rugs, flooring, artwork, floral design, and finishing touches. Let us help you dress your windows and help you make your house a home.