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Window dressing: Blinds and shades offer many options

Window treatments are one of the elements of a home's, and a room's, décor. They work with furnishings, flooring and other decorative elements to create the feel or ambiance of a particular space. So what's trending in window treatments?
Jennifer Wilkinson, window treatment specialist at Grauer's Paint & Decorating, says blinds and shades are more popular than curtains and drapes. "We still do sell a lot of valances; they're used as a top accent with blinds. But for the most part, fabric window treatments have transitioned to blinds," she says. 
Jim Doran, owner of Phillips Paint & Decorating Center, says drapery side panels are popular. They frame and soften, but don't block the window.

"People don't want to block the light, and it looks great with a decorative rod. It also deadens sound; something that can be important in a room with hardwood floors as well as with an open floor plan," he says. He also points out that energy efficiency can also dictate the selection of window treatments. "Silhouette shades not only bring as much light as possible into the room during the day, but they also keep out UV rays that can fade hardwood floors and furnishings. Also in the warmer months, homeowners want to keep out solar heating," Doran says. "Customers are more aware than ever of the energy efficiency aspects of window treatments, but they also want a product that's easy to operate." In that regard, the once-popular honeycomb shades have made a comeback.

"They're more energy efficient; the design traps air in its pockets to help keep the house warm in the winter and cool in the summer," he says. Wilkinson agrees, adding that they also offer color and texture and are available in a range of light control fabrics from sheer to opaque. She says Hunter Douglas honeycomb shades are available with a cord or with the EasyRise continuous loop cord system that allows the shade to be raised, adjusted and lowered by simply pulling on the cord. The manufacturer's PowerRise system provides operation via a remote control, while PowerView Motorization provides operation through an app on a smartphone or tablet.

Some blinds are also constructed with a cordless operating system that allows the blind to be lifted and lowered by the touch of a hand. They can be pushed up and pulled down to lower, and they stay right where you put them. Honeycomb shades and Roman shades can also be used as window treatments for patio doors. Hunter Douglas' Vertiglide vertical shade operating system is free of cords, chains or wands, and works with a single shade or two shades across the width. Doran says that cordless options of varying types are really popular.

"Not only do they offer convenience and ease of use, but for families with small children, there can also be a safety factor since dangling cords are not there," he says. Plantation shutters continue to be a popular window treatment choice and can even be used for a patio door; the shutter panels slide on a track. "Plantation shutters have a timeless look," Doran says. Wilkinson adds that although vertical blinds are more economical for a patio door than either plantation shutters or shades, they're no longer as popular as they once were. Also falling from favor are mini-blinds. Doran says today's customer prefers blinds with wider slats. As for color, both Wilkinson and Doran agree that customers are going for neutral window treatments. "They want to be able to keep their window treatments for the next 10 to 15 years. By going with neutrals, they don't have to worry about window treatments that may clash with furniture choices," Wilkinson says.

"Customers want the window treatment to survive at least one redecorating," Doran says. "What I've seen a number of people do is have the main treatment such as a blind or shade in a neutral color then bring in color with a soft fabric panel. The fabric panel can easily be changed if necessary during redecorating." For the largest selection of colors and fabric options, Wilkinson recommends the honeycomb shade. "It's unique in that it covers so many different aspects — it’s energy efficient, versatile and offers great color choices," she says.

Credits:http://lancasteronline.com/springhomes/window-dressing-blinds-and-shades-offer-many-options/article_09fcfb84-e60b-11e5-b984-03d720e5a692.html



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Window dressing: Blinds and shades offer many options

Window treatments are one of the elements of a home's, and a room's, décor. They work with furnishings, flooring and other decorative elements to create the feel or ambiance of a particular space. So what's trending in window treatments?
Jennifer Wilkinson, window treatment specialist at Grauer's Paint & Decorating, says blinds and shades are more popular than curtains and drapes. "We still do sell a lot of valances; they're used as a top accent with blinds. But for the most part, fabric window treatments have transitioned to blinds," she says. 
Jim Doran, owner of Phillips Paint & Decorating Center, says drapery side panels are popular. They frame and soften, but don't block the window.

"People don't want to block the light, and it looks great with a decorative rod. It also deadens sound; something that can be important in a room with hardwood floors as well as with an open floor plan," he says. He also points out that energy efficiency can also dictate the selection of window treatments. "Silhouette shades not only bring as much light as possible into the room during the day, but they also keep out UV rays that can fade hardwood floors and furnishings. Also in the warmer months, homeowners want to keep out solar heating," Doran says. "Customers are more aware than ever of the energy efficiency aspects of window treatments, but they also want a product that's easy to operate." In that regard, the once-popular honeycomb shades have made a comeback.

"They're more energy efficient; the design traps air in its pockets to help keep the house warm in the winter and cool in the summer," he says. Wilkinson agrees, adding that they also offer color and texture and are available in a range of light control fabrics from sheer to opaque. She says Hunter Douglas honeycomb shades are available with a cord or with the EasyRise continuous loop cord system that allows the shade to be raised, adjusted and lowered by simply pulling on the cord. The manufacturer's PowerRise system provides operation via a remote control, while PowerView Motorization provides operation through an app on a smartphone or tablet.

Some blinds are also constructed with a cordless operating system that allows the blind to be lifted and lowered by the touch of a hand. They can be pushed up and pulled down to lower, and they stay right where you put them. Honeycomb shades and Roman shades can also be used as window treatments for patio doors. Hunter Douglas' Vertiglide vertical shade operating system is free of cords, chains or wands, and works with a single shade or two shades across the width. Doran says that cordless options of varying types are really popular.

"Not only do they offer convenience and ease of use, but for families with small children, there can also be a safety factor since dangling cords are not there," he says. Plantation shutters continue to be a popular window treatment choice and can even be used for a patio door; the shutter panels slide on a track. "Plantation shutters have a timeless look," Doran says. Wilkinson adds that although vertical blinds are more economical for a patio door than either plantation shutters or shades, they're no longer as popular as they once were. Also falling from favor are mini-blinds. Doran says today's customer prefers blinds with wider slats. As for color, both Wilkinson and Doran agree that customers are going for neutral window treatments. "They want to be able to keep their window treatments for the next 10 to 15 years. By going with neutrals, they don't have to worry about window treatments that may clash with furniture choices," Wilkinson says.

"Customers want the window treatment to survive at least one redecorating," Doran says. "What I've seen a number of people do is have the main treatment such as a blind or shade in a neutral color then bring in color with a soft fabric panel. The fabric panel can easily be changed if necessary during redecorating." For the largest selection of colors and fabric options, Wilkinson recommends the honeycomb shade. "It's unique in that it covers so many different aspects — it’s energy efficient, versatile and offers great color choices," she says.

Credits:http://lancasteronline.com/springhomes/window-dressing-blinds-and-shades-offer-many-options/article_09fcfb84-e60b-11e5-b984-03d720e5a692.html