When potential homeowners are looking for a new house, one of the most important things on their ‘must have’ list is how much natural light comes into the various rooms. Whether or not your home is lacking a great deal of windows or if your home is flooded with light, window treatments will draw the right kind of attention to your windows if you do it correctly.
Where do you start? What’s in and what’s out in today’s décor? Vertical blinds – out. Take them done right away or risk giving your home a stifling 80’s feel. You’re better off with no window treatments at all. Get rid of those old plastic roll-down shades too.
Look at the windows throughout your house and determine a couple of things. Will the room or the particular window in question look better without any window treatments or are there issues of privacy in the evening hours if you don’t have window treatments up? There are lots of choices to help you get started, and they all provide different features and benefits.
We threw away the plastic ones, but wood or bamboo blinds are fine. Put them in the bedrooms or home office. Bamboo blinds are a good choice because they provide some color and texture.
Just like the blinds, Roman shades are installed inside the frame of the window and they tuck up upon themselves as they are raised. They are perfect for smaller windows or in kitchens or baths.
Valances & Cornice Boxes
A valance runs along the top of a window giving it a finished look. It may be used alone, or with another window treatment. A cornice box is similar, but it is typically used as decoration and to hide the drapery rod.
Draperies can be sheer, allowing light in but still maintain privacy, or they can be the blackout variety to keep the light and heat from penetrating the room. The type of fabric you choose will help determine how rich and lavish a room feels. Even the type of drapery rods and hardware will significantly add to the overall look of the window. Draperies can be puddled at the bottom, knotted at the middle, or tied at the sides for any number of different looks.
Tired? Change your mind yet about putting your home up for sale? Don’t despair. We’ll stop here for now and let you take a breath. Have a cup of tea and rest up because tomorrow we will install the window treatments!
It’s a new year, time to make some changes. If one of them is a relocation, then it’s time to put your best foot forward in your home. The most important thing to do when preparing your home for sale is to get rid of clutter. Come up with a house rule that for every new item that comes in, an old one has to go. One of the major contributors to the cluttered look is too much furniture. When a professional stager arrives at a home they often take away almost half of the owner’s furnishings, making the house look much bigger. You don’t have to pare down that drastically, but do take a hard look at what you have and ask yourself what you can live without.
There’s a common belief that a room will feel larger and be easier to use when all of the furniture is pushed against the walls, but that really isn’t the case. Furnish your space by floating furniture away from the perimeter. Move sofas and chairs into cozy conversation groups, and set up the pieces so the traffic flow is obvious. This will not only make the space more user-friendly, it will also open up the room making it seem larger.
If you have a room that is a place that just gathers junk, repurpose it into something that will add value to your home. The simple addition of a comfortable chair, a small table with a lamp in a stairwell will convert it into a cozy reading spot. Or lay inexpensive rubber padding or a carpet remnant on the floor of the basement and toss in a few cushy pillows. You now have a new meditation room!
One of the things that make a staged home look so warm and inviting is great lighting. Did you know that many homes are improperly lit? To fix this problem, increase the wattage in the lamps and fixtures. Strive for a total of 100 watts for every 50 square feet. It’s best to have at least three types of lighting: ambient), task and accent.
Window treatments are another part of the lighting equation. They should be kept simple to allow lots of light in and to brighten up a room. Lighting has the power to make a room feel brighter and conversely appear much larger. When it comes to staging less is always the best option and clean lines is what buyers want to see. The more light you are able to bring in the more spacious the room will appear. Neutral tones work best for staging. Cream or white roman shades are also a good choice and you can add a dash of color with a ribbon trim you sew or glue onto the shade.
This is a lot of direction for one day. Go through your home today and start moving the furniture and getting rid of the clutter. Think about the curtains, and we’ll talk again later.
Happy New Year from your friends at Continental Window Fashions! Who knew there were so many things you could do with drapery hardware aside from hanging beautiful curtains and draperies.
Throughout this past year we’ve build party rooms outside, created seperate spaces in dorm rooms,built playspaces and doors out of curtains. We even learned how to properly make a bed and paint a bathroom.
Who knew curtain rods and finials could not only hang curtains, they could hang christmas stockings and wrapping paper, even become holiday decorations themselves! We’ve attached hardware to plaster and lath, a canopy to the ceiling and even made a door and one room into two with curtains!
Join us in the new year and see what else drapery hardware can do for your home.
Curtain rails are usually installed directly to a window frame, an arrangement that can hamper the opening and closing of the curtain, and reducing the amount of light that shines into the room. Another way to do it, and enable sufficient light into the room is is to mount the track on the outside of the window recess so the curtains can be drawn well back from the recess and admit the maximum amount of sunshine. To provide a secure place for the brackets, it’s best to install a wooden furring strip on which to mount the rail. A furring strip mounting is an especially good idea if the wall surface is lath-and-plaster (see the October 29 blog post for working with plasters and lath walls).
* Use a level to place the furring strip horizontally above the recess, then draw a guide line with a pencil.
*Drill the pilot holes and secure the furring strip to the wall surface.
*Draw another guide line along the center of the furring strip
*Position brackets on the screws.
*Position the required number of gliders on the rail and attach the end support to keep the gliders from slipping.
*Clip the rail onto the brackets.
Vesta Window Hardware makes all the hardware you will need for this project. Visit them at Continentalwindowfashions.com and let the sun shine in!
Where ever you live, be it your own or a rental, sooner or later you are going to have to install something, or fix something. You may have to put up a shelf, fix a leaky faucet, attach drapery hardware, whatever the job; you’ll need a well-stocked tool box. A few essentials are as follows:
The number one hand tool must-have is the hammer. It comes in handy for everything from hanging a mirror to installing a curtain rod. A Claw hammer is the one with the recognizable steel head, that’s made up of a peen (the nail-driving face), and the claw (the crowbar-like nail-pulling lever) on the other. Claw hammers come with either rounded or flat peens. The choice is all yours, but the flat variety has a driving faces that is straight instead of curved, and tend to strike nails more evenly, with less likelihood of missing the nail and getting your finger instead.
You can’t put a price on accuracy, especially when it comes to improvement projects. The next essential tool in your box should be a tape measure. Estimates can end up costing you both time and money. Save yourself the trouble by using a tape measure for things like cabinets, are rugs, and window treatments.
Your children actually behaved and sat still for a beautiful family portrait. Is the picture hanging straight? You may need a level. A torpedo level is the one with the air bubbles in three clear, liquid-filled vials that gives you visible proof of a surface’s level. If the bubble is between the lines the vial, the surface is level.
It’s a good idea to have a few screwdrivers on hand so you can be ready for all situations. The type of screwdriver is defined by the shape of the head of the blade. It can be straight or X shaped (a Phillips screwdriver). The type and size you need depends on the screw you are about to confront.
Pliers and wrenches allow you to have a good grip and extra leverage. Pliers are good for pulling out nails or bending wires. Wrenches are what you reach for when a grip and extra torque for tightening and loosening is called for.
Keep these basic supplies handy, and just about any repair job or curtain hardware job that arises will be covered!
We often look at the home décor process as a simple matter of what looks attractive. However, advocates of the feelings evoked by color believe that the colors you use choose for your home can have a profound effect on the emotional welfare of you and your family.
Color is a universal language. The color you chose for your walls isn’t just a matter of artistic perception. It’s a tool that can influence behavior and emotion. If you like the idea of using color to create an emotionally healthy home, first consider the primary function of each room. Then pick a base color. Although it can’t be scientifically proven, some shades work better than others at inspiring certain activities.
In the living room and foyer warm colors such as yellows, and oranges, and the earth tones like brown and beige work well because they’re thought to stimulate conversation, to encourage people to sit around and talk. Because they invoke warmth, they encourage the connection with other people. Cassidy West curtain panels come in calming shades of chocolate, blue-brown and wheat, and come in cotton, polyester and flannel, giving you a good jumping point for your warm and encouraging space.
If you have fond memories of hanging out in the kitchen when you were a child, it might make sense to recreate that color scheme in your own kitchen. If there’s no particular color scheme (gold and avocado don’t count) that you remember fondly, reds and yellows can be great colors in the kitchen. But beware if you’re s keeping tabs on your food intake, as well as stimulating conversation, reds may prompt you to eat more!, Think about your favorite fast food restaurants; the restaurant industry has long recognized the appetite-stimulating power of a red decor. However, since it’s stimulating to the appetite, red is great for a formal dining room. Not only will it encouraging conversation, it sharpens the appetites of your guests and may even make them think you are a better cook.
The bedroom is the sanctuary where you go to relax and reconnect. Cool colors found in the blue, green and lavender families are thought to have a calming effect. The darker the shade, the more pronounced the. For a serene environment, a glacier blue with mixed with chrome accents is just the ticket.
The term “Renaissance” actually means “rebirth.” It refers specifically to the rebirth of learning that began in Italy in the fourteenth century, spreading to the north, including England by the sixteenth century, and then ending in the mid-seventeenth century. This period was witness to an enormous renewal of interest in and study of classical antiquity.
Yet the Renaissance was also an age of new discoveries, both geographic (exploration of the New World) and intellectual. Each kind of discovery resulted in changes of tremendous import for Western civilization. In science Copernicus attempted to prove that the sun rather than the earth was at the center of the planetary system. In religion, Martin Luther challenged and ultimately caused the division of one of the major institutions that had united Europe throughout the Middle Ages–the Church. As a matter of fact, Renaissance thinkers often thought of themselves as ushering in the modern age, as distinct from the ancient and medieval eras.
Just as the Renaissance represented a cultural rebirth from the 14th through the middle of the 17th centuries, you too can introduce a renaissance into your home.
The new custom Renaissance collection from Kirsch features designer-inspired color palettes, exquisite textures and beautiful fabrics that reflect timeless fashion and sophisticated style. They have created a collection of decorative hardware with a modern upgrade and an old world look and feel. Royal etiquette and majestic wealth come to mind when selecting this hardware. Handcrafted wood and resin pieces in the 2 inch diameter really make a statement. Show everyone you know exactly how to dress a window with this beautiful Renaissance drapery hardware from Kirsch.
Kirsch also offers a broad variety of quality Decorative Wood Drapery Hardware in 1 3/8 Inch, 2 Inch, and 3 Inch diameters. The Wood Trends Collection offers finishes and styles to match just about any decor, and the contemporary Wood Trends Urban Comfort Collection provides a sleek, modern alternative. Seeking an elegant, classic look? Consider the beautiful designs and finishes in the Renaissance Collection.
True to the tradition, each piece of the Wood Trends collection is classically styled in rich colors to coordinate with other wood furnishings in the home. Kirsch has also given new life to a style from a period filled with stories of royal etiquette, majestic wealth and incredible artistry. Beautifully finished and adorned with handcrafted finial designs, the Wood Trends Renaissance Collection manifests views of supremacy.
Whatever your take on the rebirth of your windows, Kirsch will lead the way.
It’s another day, time for another de-cluttering adventure!
As the most private room in the house, it’s easy to let the bedroom become derelict. dirty laundry on the floor in the closet, magazines piling up on the bedside tables, dust bunnies, bags, children’s toys, all of it ends up here. It’s a shame, because a serene bedroom promotes restful sleep and helps reduce the stress of demanding days.
While other rooms may be difficult to downsize because they perform so many roles, the bedroom is actually very simple. All you need are the basics: nice bedding, crisp window treatments, lighting, a hamper, alarm clock, a candle and a small vase of flowers. Graber swag holders and tiebacks will compliment your windows by creating an elegant touch. Use the Windsor C-Ring Swag holder to create theatrical looking poufs or Bishop’s sleeves. Or use any of the swag holders as medallions to hang all types of draperies from. They are great when trying to cover arch windows.
As you pass through each room, think about the tools you reach for the most and to put them within easy reach. Long-handled wooden spoons will look great in a crock on the kitchen counter and a pot of fresh herbs in a sunny window looks inviting near the stove. A sturdy basket by a favorite chair will hold all of your magazines yet to be read. You will be surprised at the beauty in useful objects when they are artfully displayed.
A good policy to institute with your family is a “One In, One Out” policy. Let something go every time you bring in something else. This way you will easily stay on top of the clutter before it reaches heroic proportions. Like caring for a garden, a little each day will help your home flourish.
De-Cluttering and Organizing for the New Year
Have you ever realized that now is the time to get organized, to sort through your stuff and get rid of what you don’t want and put what you want to keep in an appropriate place without much anguish? But then suddenly you hear that little voice whispering “I can do this later, maybe tomorrow”. That voice can convince you that you can get organized anytime you want. It persuades you that the window of cleaning opportunity is always open. No. Sorry, it does not work that way. Stuff happens that makes it impossible to concentrate on the organizing process. Those things may go on for a long time. Day-to-day living eats up our time and energy. Many times we end up stuffing things in drawers, stashing them under the bed, or even throwing some out, just to keep our heads above water. We assure ourselves that we’ll get a grip on it very soon, and yet soon never seems to get here.
Organizing our stuff is a passion of mine. I consider cleaning out my junk drawer fun. I love labels and have been known to put my books and colored pencils in rainbow order. Laugh if you must, but over the years I’ve developed a simple routine for trimming down and crafting order in my home. How? It’s relatively easy when you stop hyper-ventilating. What exactly is clutter anyway? Unfortunately it is a sign of procrastination. It is the blender you’ve been meaning to fix, the overdue library books and the piles of paperwork and junk mail waiting to be sorted. De-cluttering requires decision making, some that you may have been putting off forever.
So what’s first? Clutter clearing is physically and emotionally fatiguing, so now is the time to gear up and fuel your motivation. Here are a few questions you might like to ponder over a cup of tea before getting started: How will clearing the clutter from my home make life easier? What is the most challenging area to work on? In three words, how do I want my home to feel when this is done?
Let’s begin by making a quick sweep of the whole house, picking up the obvious clutter. You know what these are; items going to the trash or to recycling, the things you have been meaning to return to your neighbor, and other things you know can’t stand to look at. This first step is meant to be easy and fast. Turn on some music, gather a few bags and set the timer for 15 minutes. You will be amazed at how much better you will feel after a short clutter-busting spree! If you find yourself saying “I might need some of this one day…!” be honest. Do you really need twenty ratty old towels, or will a couple of nice fluffy ones do? When you pare down to what is really loved, needed, and actually used, the cupboards and shelves are not going to be horrifying to open every day.
Collections can be wonderful additions to your home, but they usually take on a life of their own and end up getting out of control. By narrowing the focus of the collection, you will be able to create a more interesting and cohesive display. Find one location where all of the pieces can sit together for maximum impact. Perhaps a slim shelf made with a slim cornice board held up by Kirsch Alexandre Brackets will fit the bill.
Take another deep breath now. Go back to your cup of tea. This has been a great start on the road to de-cluttering! Let’s meet again tomorrow.
The New Year is coming faster and faster, it’s time to get the house ready for a fresh start. One of the harder rooms in the house to decorate is the bathroom. It’s simple if you look at the common denominator: the bathroom window. By dressing it with a beautiful valance, a colorful roman shade, or plantation wood you can enhance and relax the room, even as you keep the busy world at bay.
Window treatments are as diverse as the sizes of windows they cover, and a unique designer look can be achieved that will fit your budget. In the bathroom, mini-blinds are often paired with valances. The blind offers concealment, and the valance adds warmth to the room. Stylish ready –made valances especially those that are lined can be purchased relatively inexpensively leaving the remainder of the budget for an elegant rod and a store-bought mini-blind. Most simple drapery hardware with decorative finials can be used as a valance rod. Graber Adjustable Cafe hardware is designed to complement their decorative Traverse Rod Collection. The cafe rod sets include the necessary hardware for installation.
If you are looking for a more stream lined effect, Gila privacy window tint has a frosted look that allows you to look out but keeps others from being able to look in, or perhaps you want a more decorative window. Floral etched glass in a design that coordinates with a wide variety of decorating motifs can be easily added with to any window or glass door with Etched Art Window Film adhesive-free, vinyl film. The film adheres to smooth glass or plastic through the use of static electricity, without glue or adhesives and is completely reusable. Etch Art window films incorporate real glass for an authentic sparkle and shimmer. Not only does the film enhance the décor of your room while providing privacy, it helps reduce heat and saves energy. Steam and moisture will not affect these window films so it’s also great for the shower door.
If you want to repeat the mini blind theme in your bathroom, you can pair them with valances or with café curtains. If the valance is being hung on a rod, make sure you have enough material to cover the required area including any additional length needed to wrap the material if needed. When attempting to lengthen a window or make it appear larger, avoid covering a large amount of glass. To minimize the appearance of a window, use a longer style of valance that provides more glass coverage. It will not only provide privacy but will let in lots of light through the upper half of the window. I would not recommend hanging long curtains or draperies in the bathroom or powder room because they will get wet and moldy. A window treatment that uses a variety of textures, from fabric to wood would be better. Valances should not cover more than the top third of the window.
What’s next on our New Year’s reboot? Let’s stroll through the house and see!