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April 16, 2013 > How to dress your windows

How to dress your windows

Are your window coverings in need of an update? Perhaps you notice cold air entering or warm air escaping through your windows; perhaps your needs have changed and you would like to have a dark room in the morning so you can sleep in. Perhaps your current window treatments look outdated or worn out, or privacy is an issue. No matter what the issue is, there is always a solution. Here are some common scenarios and some options of how to treat the windows.

1. You've installed a large new flat screen TV and would like to turn your family room into a full-blown media room. Any time you need your room to be nice and dark for movie watching and sleeping in, a great option are room-darkening honeycomb shades, such as Hunter Douglas Duettes. They fit snugly inside your window casings, look sleek and modern, and block out almost all the light. Duettes come in dozens of colors, pleat sizes and can even come motorized, a great option for hard-to-reach high windows and for people who have a hard time with lift cords. Plus, remote control blinds and shades are just plain fun. To block even more light and add a decorative touch, operational drapes can be added to the windows. Duette Honeycomb shades are also the most energy efficient window treatments on the market today. They offer incredible insulation properties and UV protection.

2. You have a home office and have trouble with glare on your computer monitor. A window treatment that offers the ability to control the light would be a great choice. This means a product that allows you to open and close the louvers, such as a plantation shutter, or a wood or metal blind, or a vertical blind. Choices in louver size and color are numerous - there is something in every price range and for every decorating style.

3. You have a lovely view out your windows and want to cover the windows but don't want to sacrifice light or view. Two wonderful options are Hunter Douglas Silhouettes and Pirouettes. Both of these beautiful products offer privacy and still let soft, filtered light come in through the windows when the shades are fully closed; and when the vanes are open, the sheer fabric maintains the view. These lovely treatments look great on their own, and can also be dressed up with fabric valances and decorative curtain panels.

4. You have a sliding glass door and don't know your options. Luckily, now there are many options for sliders. The most popular is still vertical blinds. Many people think they hate vertical blinds because they remember the old style. Take another look at verticals - woven fabrics, linen looks, attractive textured vinyls, and even wood verticals. These are still very practical and affordable. Other options include drapes, of course, Duette Vertiglides, vertical versions of Duette shades made specifically for sliding doors, Luminettes, in essence, sheer drapery and vertical blind in one product, and gliding panel tracks, which are very contemporary and look terrific.

5. You have windows that face the street and desire more privacy, but don't want to block all the sunlight. To solve this problem, look for a product that offers a Top Down-Bottom Up option. Honeycomb shades offer this option, as do Roman shades and pleated shades. This feature allows you to lower the shade from the top of the window down, thereby offering privacy on the bottom, and light from the top. It's perfect for street facing windows or windows that look right into your neighbor's house.

With the options available today, there is a solution for every window.


Anna Jacoby of Anna Jacoby Interiors is a local interior designer. Send your design questions to her at info@annajacobyinteriors.com. Call or fax her at 510-490-0379 or visit www.annajacobyinteriors.com

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