Selecting the Right Window Coverings
Blinds or Shutters? Drapes or Top Treatments?
With so many options in window coverings these days it is easy to get overwhelmed in the buying process. The main priorities in picking out your new window fashions are privacy and light control. Which direction does your window face? Does the room require privacy? Would you like to optimize your ability to control the amount of light filtering in the room? Energy-efficient window covering designs enhance your home decor and bring down your energy bill. Choosing window coverings with enhanced operating mechanisms for easy use and child safety has never been easier thanks to innovative window designs.
Four questions to ask yourself before buying window treatments:
1. Light filtering, privacy, room darkening capabilities or all three
2. Horizontal or vertical orientation
3. Corded, cordless or motorized operation
4. Recede or advance in the room – color or neutral
Understanding how your window treatments need to function before you start your search will save you time and money.
Shades are typically made of continuous pieces of fabric that can be raised to expose the window or closed. From clean and sleek to fun and earthy, there is a window shade that will complement any room decor. Window shades also offer the more colors, styles, patterns, and operating systems. Select from cellular, roller, solar, Roman, and woven wood shades.
Sheer Shades are a chic stylish window treatment that feature two sheer fabric facings that appear to be floating over soft fabric vanes that diffuse harsh sunlight and offer excellent UV protection. Sheer shades, such as Silhouette® and Pirouette® Sheer Shades, allows you to tilt the vanes to achieve the desired level of light and privacy while you enjoy the outside view. The shadings also disappear in the headrail for total viewing.
Shutters, also referred to as plantation shutters and indoor shutters, are timeless and are custom fit to your windows. Like a fine piece of furniture, shutters come in paints and stains or custom colors to match your decor and are available in a variety of slat sizes that can be adjusted to let in light. They can block light and provide the ultimate in privacy. Shutters become part of your home and can actually add value to your home.
Blinds and shades are often referred to as the same product, however they are two totally different window treatments. Blinds are typically made from aluminum, wood, faux wood or vinyl materials and have slats or vanes that rotate open and closed to allow light to enter the room. They can be raised, but will stack on the window.
Vertical Window Coverings
Vertical blinds are a perfect option for sliding and patio doors and have taken on a whole new life. Today there are many options that even coordinate with your horizontal blinds and shades. Select from traditional vertical blinds, Skyline® Panel- Track Blinds, Luminette® Sheer-Panels, Duette® or Applause® Vertiglide® Cellular Shades, and Shutters.
Corded, Cordless Motorized blinds and shades
You now have the ability to select how you want to operate your window treatments. If you have children or pets, you may want to consider going cordless. Motorization is gaining in popularity. Once considered a must for hard to reach windows, remote blinds and shades provide the ultimate in convenience and security. Program your blinds and shades to open and close throughout the day or use an app on your mobile device to control your blinds or shades – even when you aren’t at home.
Draperies, Drapery Panels and Top Treatments
Custom draperies, curtains, and top treatments give you the most flexibility in window treatments because the sky is the limit. You are able to select the exact color, pattern, texture, opacity, and hardware to match your home décor. Drapes can filter light or provide total blackout. From formal to causal, draperies, drapery panels, and top treatments can be used alone or layered over existing window treatments.
The experts at Bretz Interiors will help you navigate the options to find what is important to you and find the products that will serve you best. From privacy needs to light control, energy efficiency to fine design, we have you covered.
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Blinds, Shades, Shutters, Draperies, Top Treatments in Denver, Westminster CO and Surrounding Areas
Meet with one of our design consultants to discuss your flooring or window covering project. We offer all types of flooring including wood, stone, tile, luxury vinyl and carpeting. Our custom window coverings from Hunter Douglas include blinds, shades, shutters, draperies and motorization options. With more than 100 years of combined experience, the staff of Bretz Interiors can handle any project.
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