Black Out Shades or Room Darkening Shades are easily available and offer you great protection against glare into your rooms.
Let’s face it…we love bright sunny days but they often interfere with the large screen TV’s of today. The glare off of window panes reflect right onto the TV screens making them difficult to watch. Not a pleasant situation on the day of the big game.
There are various solutions.
1. Honeycomb shades can be made with a black-out liner that will block out everything.
2. Roller shades have made a huge comeback and come in a variety of fabrics, many of which are blackout. There is also a rail system that is black-out pictured at the top of the post.
3. Woven Woods, Roman Shades, all have the option of liners that darken completely.
4. Draperies come in a variety of fabrics and weights and can be lined with a black-out fabric. We recommend traverse rods with the heavier draperies for ease of drawing back and forth.
5. Duolite shades offer two shades on one system. Dual roller shades also allow two shades to be installed in one headrail.
Remember you do not always need to go completely black-out and room darkening may be enough. Layering treatments is an option. Use mini-blinds for privacy installed inside the window frame then add a drapery over for extra light control.
Come in to check out the options available.
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It is difficult to install two shades inside the window frame because there usually is not enough room for both headrails.
Draperies are making a comeback. People are hungry for textiles in their rooms. They add warmth, absorb sound, reduce drafts, and insulate large picture windows.
One main drawback with draperies is the stack-back of the fabric. Windows have gotten larger and wall space smaller. No one wants to hide the view or reduce the light that flows in from outdoors. We have to allow 30% for stack on standard white traverse rods. The stack is less on decorator rods because the drapery hangs underneath the rod allowing the crinolin to fold back instead of scrunching forward between the pleats.
Here is where this new product solves a major problem. These drapes stack in 10% of the rod.
Take a look at these photos of Vignette Vertical Traverse. Notice how small the stack is at each side of the window.
A great application for this product is sliding glass doors. On a 6′ slider we would install a 82″-84″ rod and it would clear the glass.
Come in and take a look at the samples today. Custom draperies take anywhere from 6-8 weeks but this product has a 3 week production time.
Neutrals can sometimes seem dull, but not when you layer on the texture.
A variety of textures can create interest and pizazz.
There are many more interior finishes that add texture to a room, especially when you layer the look. Think a soft rug atop a hard tile floor or fuzzy throw pillows over a smooth fabric sofa or a rough brick accent wall surrounded by shiny painted walls.
Here’s a brief list of ideas to add texture to your rooms:
– Natural stone flooring
– Cork wall coverings
– Textured plaster walls
– Smooth marble countertops
– Faux paint finishes
– Brocade fabric sofas
– Bold shag carpeting
– Knotty wood furniture
– Faux fur throw pillows
– Soft velvet draperies
– Leopard or zebra print rugs
– Leather ottomans or armchairs
– Crown moldings
– Soft chenille bedspreads
– Wicker end tables
– Woven wood window shades
Don’t let your all-neutral color scheme slip into ho-hum blandness. Add beautiful textures to enhance your interior look.
From Hunter Douglas Fresh Ideas
Luminette is one of the most beautiful window treatments on the market.
They draw open and closed just like a traditional drapery. But that is where tradition ends. The sheer fabric tilts just like a vertical. You get the best of both worlds. Drapery sheer elegance with light control.
Back in the 70’s I used to sell a lot of woven wood shades. They looked a bit different then because many of them were full of yarn. Hence the name “woven woods”. The yarns were woven through the wood reeds creating a material used most commonly for roman shades. Think golds, moss greens, and a bit of orange and the old memories will come flooding back.
This heavy look fell out of favor when the clean crisp look of mini-blinds and verticals came along. As with all things, the wovens have come back into fashion with new twist. Grasses and naturals are definitely IN right now and many of the new wovens have that ZEN look.
I never thought I would see the day when woven wood draperies would make a come back, but Hunter Douglas has brought them back into vogue. There are indeed improvements to the old look, which often involved clumsy wood pole rods and ungainly wood rings. Now the headrail is streamlined and easy to pull. Your drapery includes a valance.
Come in and look at our new sampling for woven wood shades and draperies. The vertical drapery is especially appealing for sliding glass doors when a standard drapery or vinyl vertical just doesn’t work with your decorating finesse.
Back in the 70’s draperies were the mainstay window treatment. We even put draperies in kitchen windows over the sink. Nowadays we have many more treatments to select from. Most are more practical and many are just plain beautiful.
When mini-blinds, roller shades and verticals became all the rage, the clean lines and easy care became the focus. Another reason this occurred was the fact that fabric prices began to skyrocket.
Two trends are re-emerging.
Draperies are making a comeback because people are hungry for fabric in their homes. Textiles add warmth, depth of color, texture, and luxury. The best attired rooms, come with a variety of pattern, tones, and texture to add interest and comfort.
Next, roller shades still rule. Classic clean lines, no fuss care, light control. Remember the days when the spring would let loose and the shade would go thwack, thwack, thwack in the middle of the night? Remember trying to get your shade to stop at a certain level in the window? No More. Roller shades now have completely updated lift systems which eliminate the spring AND you can stop the shade at any position in the window.
Hunter Douglas has come out with a new dual shade system. One fabric is sheer in varying degrees so you can lightly shade and the second fabric is opaque for privacy. The best of both worlds….and in one headrail, no less.
The new blind fabrics have totally new looks with texture, botanical prints and grassweaves. Awesome.