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Category: Blinds & Draperies

Stay Away From My Window!

 

Keeping your privacy shielded from prying eyes, inadvertent glances and dangerous predators is easier than you think by adding simple window treatments to your windows. How much someone will be able to see through your windows will be a matter of light, angle and distance. Go outside and take a look back from different distances, different angles and under different lighting conditions. The view through your window treatment is going to look different each time. You can choose from a variety of different window treatments to best combat your specific privacy issues.

 

During the day, the inside of your house will be darker than the outdoors, making it difficult to see into the house from outside. No one wants neighbors or strangers peeking into their windows. Valuable belongings are better protected by adequate window privacy. At night, artificial light illuminates the interior of your house. People will be able to see in easier due to the contrast between the dark outdoors and the light indoors

 

You will want to let in some light, but block the part of the window where you are losing the most privacy. Choose window treatments based on how much light comes in and how much shines out of your house. During the day, the inside of the house will be darker than the outdoors, making it difficult to see into the house from outside. A sheer treatment will be enough to diffuse most direct views, and you can eliminate the display with darker and denser fabric for curtains, shades or blinds.

 

Blinds are one of the most commonly used forms of discrete window treatments. They are inexpensive and come in almost any color and material. Metal, plastic and wood blinds are popular choices. Blinds install inside or outside of the window frame, and can be pulled up out of the way or opened to allow sunlight in when privacy is not an issue.

 

Shades will add privacy to any room. They pull down easily, and roll up just as quickly to allow sunlight into the room or to let you to look out the window. Shades come in many designs and colors and can match nearly every decorating style and theme. Valances and swags will block the top portion of the window, and café curtains or closed shutters will cover the bottom view.

 

Privacy window treatments also prevent potential burglars from checking out of items of value inside your home. Privacy treatments come in all forms–cloth, wood, metal, vinyl and almost any other material imaginable. You can create privacy by layering curtains. Try a drape hung over sheers, hanging over a shade.

 

Continental Window Fashions will provide you with drapery hardware, curtain rods, rings, hold-backs and brackets, decorative drapery rods, finials, and specialty window hardware for any application or decor taste. With designer drapery and curtain hardware from Paris Texas Hardware, Drapery Hardware, Kirsch Drapery Hardware ONA, Graber Curtain Rods, and House Parts Drapery Hardware, you will many options to choose from. With free shipping on orders of $100 or more and 9am – 5pm customer support, Monday- Friday, Continental Window Fashions strives to make your ordering process as simple as possible. Online ordering is available or you may call us toll free at 866-375-4500 to place your order over the phone.

Curtains or Drapes?

 

 

The words “curtains” and “drapes” are used almost interchangeably these days. In professional vernacular, drapes are usually long, heavy window coverings that are lined, while curtains are lighter window coverings that provide some privacy,and filter the sunlight . But to most people, drapes and curtains are the same thing.

 

Originally, drapes and curtains did not refer to the treatments themselves but rather to the people who crafted them. Drapers were merchants who sold fabrics and materials for making the window treatments, which in turn were purchased by curtain makers who went from house to house to cut, drape and hang the fabric. The word curtain comes from the Latin “cortina,”  a partial veil or covering.

 

When choosing curtains, it doesn’t matter whether the window treatments are described as curtains or drapes, but rather do they fit your particular need. If your main purpose in purchasing curtains is to add privacy, look for heavy curtains with a lining that will completely cover the window necessary. If you want curtains to block sunlight or nighttime light, choose curtains that are lined with blackout material. If you like the look of curtains but don’t want to lose your room’s natural light, sheer or very light curtains can be a good pick.

 

If chosen wisely, curtains make a room. When it comes to window treatments, it’s a matter of fabric and color, lining and length.

 

Fabric is an important part of choosing curtains. The material will dictate how well your curtains function and hold up over time, and how they will hang. If the fabric is too heavy, the curtains may not fold crisply when drawn; if they are too light they may not fall well at all. Velvet, linen, silk, and faux silk are the best choices to use for window treatments since they tend to hang the best. Faux silk is the most durable and in a sunny room it will not deteriorate as quickly as real silk. Sunlight will fade most fabrics over time. If the room gets a lot of light, it’s better to avoid bright colors, since they tend to fade faster. But, if you like to change out your rooms often, there’s less concerned with fading. Try going with neutral colors, since they’re less likely to fade and more likely to blend into a room’s decor.

 

Once you’ve selected the color and the fabric of your draperies, decide how high above the window you want them to begin. Hanging panels higher than the window will give a sense of height to the room. Hang curtains about six inches above the window frame, but for a dramatic look, go even higher. Measure from the top of the window to the floor. Add the height above the frame where the curtain will actually hang from. If you want the curtain to puddle on the floor, add another two or three inches to the length. For a crisper look, the panel should fall flush with the floor.

 

Custom window treatments offer many benefits. The dimensions can be customized to your window size and create a tailored look just like a perfectly fitted suit. Custom panels come in endless design options, from material to header style. With these options though, comes a considerable price difference from off-the-shelf curtain panels. Continental Window Fashions is offering a new collection of custom made curtains from Cassidy West. Cassidy West knows quality and how to bring great products to market. Their collections of beautiful draperies have 30 different types of curtains or sheers to pick from. Select your desired curtain then choose from the variety of available colors. Next customize to the correct length and preferred lining options!

 

In the highly competitive on-line market, low product prices are not enough to separate you from the competition. Continental Window Fashions not only wants to have competitive pricing, they also want to focus on 100% customer satisfaction. That not only includes service during the sale, but service after the sale as well. Continental Window Fashions knows that there are several on-line retailers for you to choose from and feel privileged that you have decided to choose them.

 

Located just outside Orlando, FL Continental Window Fashions ships thousands of items throughout the United States and the World every year. You can contact them via the following methods:

 

Phone:Toll Free 1.866.375.4500 or 407.977.0955
Fax: 407.977.1985
E-mail Customer Service: customerservice@continentalwf.com

Vesta Hardware

 

Continental Window Fashions is now featuring Vesta Drapery Hardware and Accessories, an extensive line of decorative hardware designs to suit even the most particular of tastes. Vesta features solid brass, genuine wrought iron, stainless steel, crystal, premium wood, marble, ceramics and resin and is considered to be the most modern of drapery hardware.

Most Vesta hardware items are imported from overseas bringing the modern European drapery hardware look here to the United States. Vesta Drapery Hardware and Accessories offers a vast array of modern drapery hardware products including drapery rods, drapery rings, decorative finials, tiebacks, rosette kits, drapery wands, traverse curtain rod systems and so much more.
Looking for a high end traverse drapery? Vesta’s Techno Track collection is hand-traversing and designed with extensive one-way draws in mind. The collection’s Techno brackets support the aluminum extruded tracking from above allowing all gliders unfettered access across the entire bottom rail of the track. Most items are stocked and available for quick shipping.

How can you finish off your rods? Vesta’s Crystal Magic collection exudes the kind of high elegance that inspires awe. These finials represent the opulent eye-catching sparkle of high-leaded French crystal. All finials are precision hand-cut and available in a variety of rich colors and six base finishes. Designed as newel post toppers, they may also be used as drapery finials on 2″ (Imperial Rome) and 2 1/4″ (Highland Timber) diameter rods. Vesta’s Crystal Magic collection exudes the kind of high elegance that inspires awe. These finials represent the opulent eye-catching sparkle of high-leaded French crystal. All finials are precision hand-cut and available in a variety of shapes, rich colors and six base finishes.

Continental Window Fashions is a dream come true for window designers and any home or business owner seeking to add beauty and elegance to their windows Vesta Drapery Hardware and Accessories is among the finest in the industry and Continental Window Fashions is proud to present this collection of high quality drapery hardware to their loyal customers. With free shipping on orders of $100 or more and 9am – 5pm customer support, Monday- Friday, Continental Window Fashions strives to make your ordering process as simple as possible. Online ordering is available or you may call us toll free at 866-375-4500 to place your order over the phone

Don’t Let Plaster Keep your Windows from Dressing Properly

 

    

 

The curtain rod is become a fundamental part of window treatments. In different designs, different finishes and with interchangeable finials that add character to the rod they are hard to pass up. As a matter of fact, ONA Wrought Iron Drapery Hardware has some very pretty and very unique curtain rods and finials. Do not let a hollow plaster wall deter you from hanging your choice of curtain rod, as hollow wall screw anchors are available to hang even the heaviest items.
Hanging drapery hardware in plaster can be tricky because of the composition of plaster walls. Plaster is a hard surface with a configuration similar to concrete or plaster of Paris. This top finish is applied over a system of wood or metal lathing. Plaster in an older home may be brittle and will often crumble. Before purchasing anchors consider the weight of the draperies you plan to hang to determine the type of anchor or fastener used.
If you plan to hang light weight curtains:
Pre-Drill a hole into the plaster that is slightly smaller in diameter than the mounting screws you will be using. Use a hand screwdriver rather than a motorized drill driver to insert the screw into the plaster. Over tightening the screw may pull it out of the wall. If the screw pulls does come out because you’re overzealous, a plastic anchor installed in the screw hole will solve the problem.
Medium Weight Drapery Rods:
Plastic anchors should be used for medium-weight rods. Mark the wall and then pre-drill the holes slightly smaller than the plastic anchor you will use. Gently tap the anchor into the whole r and use the screws that came with the anchors to install the bracket. Again, over tightening the anchor may end up in it pulling out of the wall. Tighten just enough for the anchor to expand and snugly fit in to the plaster wall.
Heavy Weight Drapery Rods:
For heavy rods toggle bolts are going to be needed to hold it in place. Check the package for the drill bit size recommended to drill pre-marked holes in the plaster wall. Insert the bolts through the drapery rod bracket, then screw on the winged nut .Gently screw the nut up the shaft of the bolt. The winged nut will open on the behind the wall increasing the amount of area to support the weight of the drapery rod. If the winged nuts fall out, they will drop down into the wall necessitating a new winged nut to be installed.

 

You have more options than ever when it comes to curtains and their accessories. It can be overwhelming to shop and see all of the different choices. Remember to keep your purpose in mind, and you will have no problem selecting the right ones for your home. Continental Window Fashions is proud to present the ONA Wrought Iron Drapery Hardware  collection of high quality drapery hardware to their loyal customers. With free shipping on orders of $100 or more and 9am – 5pm customer support, Monday- Friday, Continental Window Fashions strives to make your ordering process as simple as possible. Online ordering is available or you may call us toll free at 866-375-4500 to place your order over the phone.

Living Small But Creatively

 

Living small forces you to live creatively. If you live, sleep, study and spend time with friends all in one place, with so much going on, it can get messy and mixed up quickly. What you need is a simple system that keeps your different zones separated — an extra wall or two to mark each space within your place. Vesta Hardware is the answer. Most Vesta hardware items are imported from overseas bringing the modern European drapery look here to the United States. Vesta offers a vast array of modern drapery hardware products including the Techno Track Collection, high end traverse drapery rod system.

Hanging curtains around the bed in a studio apartment partitions off the sleeping area with a soft flow of fabric that separates the bed from the other living areas without the bulk and inflexibility of dividers, screens and other hard barriers.

For today’s project you will need:

Curtain Track System

Drill

Plaster/ceiling anchor

awl

Curtains

Measure the length of the ceiling area on which you want to run your curtains, using a measuring tape. Draw a faint line representing this area with a pencil.
Hold the track pieces up to the ceiling along the path you’ve marked. Make marks onto the wall, through the screw holes in the tracks.

Poke small holes into the ceiling with your awl where you made your screw marks. Hold your hardware pieces back up, lined up against the holes. Drill your threaded drywall anchors into the small holes, attaching the tracks to the ceiling.
Insert the hooks included in your track kit onto the tracks, according to package instructions.

When considering the number of curtain panels to buy, think about tripling the width. This trick provides an abundance of gathers to make a translucent curtain more private, or a heavier curtain more sumptuous. The less gathers there are, the more see-through a translucent curtain appears.

Done!  Privacy, creativity, and splendor all in one afternoon.
A few things to consider:

**Make sure you aren’t leaving even the smallest space between track pieces: the closer together the pieces are the smoother the curtains will open and close.
**You will probably need two people to finish the job. Invite a friend, celebrate afterward.
**Once the track is in place, hang the curtains at regular, even intervals.

Add Color to Your White Room


When pulling together a room, keep in mind how color will impact your mood. While some people seem to be less affected than others, a general rule of thumb about colors is that:

* Green is tranquil
* Reds and oranges are energetic
* Yellow is the happy color.
* White is considered pure, though stark.

You’ve probably heard that the style and color of your curtains can make or break the look of your home. It is difficult to visualize the post-curtain effect in a room. Consider these tips adding a spark within the four walls of your room.
Pattern
Single-tone walls don’t need to be boring. Try using patterned curtains. Stripes and solid colors or dominant colors that shout depth – like a dark orange, brown and yellow striped curtain when used along with a background of earthy light brown wall add interest to your room.
Color
Try teaming bright bold curtains with plain single toned walls. Are you trapped within white walls? Perhaps you live in a rental unit and can’t paint – hang boldly colored curtains! Imagine dark traditional wooden furniture, white walls, and a deep shade of claret on the curtains. This room is now shouting style and charisma!
Accent
If you are looking toward window treatments for panache rather than function, mount decorative curtain hardware and hang a long swag across it. ONA Wrought Iron Curtain Hardware Company would be an excellent choice. ONA brings designer style and extraordinary affordable value together with their classic collection of wrought iron drapery hardware. ONA drapery hardware is handmade individually and finished exactly to your specifications using their standard finishes our custom made.
Sheer curtains are also a lovely way to add style. Choose a curtain rod from ONA with a beautiful finial to accent the curtains sheers. Sheers do not block out light or provide privacy, but they are a beautiful airy addition to a room. You can add your own crafty touches with embroidery or ribbons to further enhancing their decorative appeal.

Continental Window Fashions is proud to offer the ONA collection. With free shipping on orders of $100 or more and 9am – 5pm customer support, Monday- Friday, Continental Window Fashions strives to make your ordering process as simple as possible. Online ordering is available or you may call us toll free at 866-375-4500 to place your order over the phone.

The View from Your Window

 

 

Curtains play many roles in the home. Not only do they decorate and help insulate a room, they also provide a sense of security and comfort. Do your windows face the street or look into your neighbor’s house? There are two options for those rooms in which visibility is an issue. Choose heavy materials, finer weaves or darker colors, or perhaps a double layer of curtain and blinds. Blinds are no longer the ugly stepsister of the window world. Today, there are incredible choices in every color of the rainbow.

Curtains that open without a fuss are a necessity. People who have a wonderful view from their kitchen window find this especially true. Choose curtains that are functional as well as pretty. Drapes with a pull are an option, but it’s perfectly okay to choose curtains that simply slide on the rod, as long as the rod is reachable.

When you’re deciding whether to choose a dark or light color, remember that the decision will impact the entire room. Darker colors will limit the light in your rooms, great if someone works late hours and tends to sleep during the day. However, if you’re looking to lighten up a room, choose lighter colors for your curtains. The pale colors will tend to let sunlight filter through, even if the curtains are so heavy that you can’t see through them.

Whichever style of drapery you decide to go with, the next step is the hardware. Traditional or contemporary, wood, iron or metal? Decorative drapery hardware from Robert Allen should be your first choice when selecting high end drapery hardware. Robert Allen offers decorative and beautiful drapery hardware in many different styles. If its modern drapery hardware you’re looking for, see the Al Fresco Collection, or if it’s something more traditional we recommend the Bedpost Collection.

Continental Window Fashions is proud to offer the Robert Allen collection. With free shipping orders of $100 or more and 9am – 5pm customer support, Monday – Friday, Continental Widow Fashions strives to make your ordering experience as simple as possible. Online ordering is available or you may call toll free at 866-375-4500.

Spice Up Your Bamboo Shade

 

Lewis Hyman Inc. has been an industry leader in the production of wall shelving and ready-made natural bamboo and fabric window treatment since 1930. Using the finest materials, colors and textures, Lewis Hyman has long been offering high-quality craftsmanship and artistic originality with their line of window treatments and shades. Choose from the wide selection of Lewis Hyman products and add personality  and texture to your walls and windows today with a bamboo shade.
A wonderful perk of the bamboo shade is that it can work in casual and dressy spaces, alone or under other window treatments. Add color in your kitchen with a Roman shade from Lewis Hyman above a breakfast table. Paint a shade in a home office, kid’s room or entry way. Lewis Hyman bamboo Roman shades come in rich colors and textures, blending natural matchstick and bamboo in earth tones with an intricate weaving cord. They are light filtering, providing privacy and energy efficient insulation.
Using basic painting supplies such as sponges, stamps, and simple stencils, the technique is easy, fast, and fun. No one has to know easily you transformed your room into a lavish space! Painting a motif of your choice is simple, thanks to a good goof-proof stencil.


*Center the stencil on the front side of a bamboo shade so that the top of the design lines up with the top of the shade.
* Secure with painter’s tape.
* Following the stencil package directions, use a stencil brush and acrylic paint that coordinates with your decor to gently tamp the design onto the shade.
* Dry for 30 minutes, and apply a second coat.
*Wait another 30 minutes before carefully removing the stencil.
*The shade should dry for at least an hour before hanging.
Continental Window Fashions is proud to present the Lewis Hyman collection. With free shipping orders of $100 or more and 9am – 5pm customer support, Monday – Friday, Continental Widow Fashions strives to make your ordering experience as simple as possible. Online ordering is available or you may call toll free at 866-375-4500.

Gather the family on the porch!

On October 8, 1944 CBS radio premiered The Ozzie Nelson-Harriet Hilliard Show premiered. Shortly afterward, the quintessential family sitcom The Ozzie and Harriet Show premiered, catapulting most of the United States into the quest for the romanticized idealism of the perfect family. What better place to sip lemonade and enjoy each other’s company than on your patio or front porch?

Time marches on, and as customers became more energy conscious and building technology aware, patio and sunrooms became available with vinyl and vinyl-wood composite framework and more elaborate designs. Now homeowners can take advantage of energy efficient shades by Lewis Hyman, reducing cooling costs and blocking the sun while still let in air and light.

Add a light airy touch to your outdoor living space with this stylish sun shade, a perfect addition to your porch or patio. Energy efficient, they reduce cooling costs, block sun and still let in air and light. Lewis Hyman solar sun shades are 100% Polyester/coated with PVC.

Or perhaps you prefer to invoke images of a warm balmy afternoon on a tropical island! The rugged textures and rustic bamboo of Lewis Hyman’s roll-up shades may be what you are longing for. The light filtering provides privacy while giving you that insulating energy-efficient quality necessary in today’s world. They install easily and within minutes, arriving at your home with all necessary hardware included.

Continental Window Fashions will give your home added beauty and elegance and give your windows a chance to make your exotic decorating dreams come true. With 9am – 5pm customer support, Monday- Friday, Continental Window Fashions strives to make your ordering process as simple as possible. Online ordering is available or you may call us toll free at 866-375-4500 to place your order over the phone.

LJB DRAPERY TAKING COLORS TO NEW HEIGHTS

  LJB drapery hardware offers unique, custom drapery hardware incorporating wood, wrought iron and resin into their exquisite designs. LJB wooden rods are crafted from farmed hardwood, the most eco-friendly wood available on the market. Our custom drapery products start out unfinished and are hand painted or stained. This techniques insures that all drapery hardware matches perfectly. The LJB Kailey collection, boasts of decorative finials with intricate details and smooth surfaces. All finishes are hand painted by skilled artisans who pay attention to every detail. This gorgeous collection of hardware resonates elegance and beauty. LJB has an extensive line of finials, Versallie, Venetiza and Louisa to name a few. Versallie is a resin finial that comes in a variety of beautifully rich colors, Antique Gold, Mahogany Gold or Iridescent Pearl. We also have a wood drapery hardware collection of curtain rods, brackets, rings and finials. LJB Wood Collection is available in Unfinished, Standard Colors or Speciality Colors like Antique Pewter or White Gold. We can also do a Custom color, matching your exact  needs for any room or decorum. LJB’s wrought iron curtain rods can be cut to size, these rods are not telescoping. As we do with customized colors, we can also custom cut your rod to your exact specifications free of charge. Our Wrought Iron collection is available in the standard unfinished black or choose from a myriad of dynamic colors. From Shimmering Sky, Pharoaoh’s Gold, Sapphire, Copper Penny to Hunter Green. The LJB wrought iron color collection is sure to add color and flair to any home or office.
  LJB drapery hardware is the name you can trust. All LJB wooden drapery hardware items are manufactured here in the United States, from the highest quality materials available. So if you’re eco-friendly, have a flair for beauty and elegance, then look no further, LJB Drapery Hardware is just what the Drapery doctor ordered.