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Put Away Your Hammer

 

Not all of us can walk through our home with hammer and nails in hand. If your lease or dorm rules prohibit you from nailing up drapery brackets you need to find a get creative. One solution would be to use a tension rod from Umbra which will allow you to hang lightweight curtains without mounting hardware. You can also use tmporary hook. The kind that stick on the wall and then remove with out damage. As long as your window treatments are not too heavy, either method you select will be adequate for holding up the hardware.

To install a tension rod, measure the length and width of the inside of the window frame. Choose a curtain made from lightweight fabric. The length should ideally be equal to or slightly shorter than the length of the inside of the window frame. The width can vary, depending on how much fullness you desire. Tension rods are adjustable within a certain range. Be sure to pick the longest rod that will fit in your window to ensure the greatest amount of spring tension to keep the rod secure. Turn the end sections of the rod to change the length, making it slightly less wide than the window opening.Slide the curtains on and then place the rod near the top of the wiindow frame at a spot where the hem of the curtain will brush the window sill.

If you decide to uses temporary hooks, attach them as you would nails – one on each corner of the window just outside the frame. It’s best if you leave the hooks in place for about an hour to let the adhesive set up. When picking curtains for this application, make sure the weight of the fabric does not exceed the combined weight of the two hooks.

Sometimes a sheer curtain or one that is lightweight enough to hang from either of these two methods isn’t quite enough. Designed to cling to your window through the use of static electricity, window cling film from Etch Art is completely removable and reusable. Installation is easy. Just wash the window, trim the film to size and apply a layer of water to the window. Place the film against the window and squeegee away any excess water and air. Add a decorative touch or use privacy films to help keep any eyes from looking in.

Now there’s no excuse to be stuck with boring apartment or dormitory vertical blinds ever again. Put away your useless hammer and get out your ruler or tape measure and get to work!

The Swing Arm

 

Swing arm curtain rods are drapery hardware that have a hinge at one end. They are particularly good for small windows in bathrooms, the windows on doors, or any other place that it would be more convenient to swing the curtain to the side rather than to slide it to either side on the rod. You could even use them on a wider window if you wanted, by using a pair that would swing out from the center of the window.

 

The best thing about these rods is that they are decorative as well as functional. Umbra, the worldwide leader in casual, contemporary, affordable designer drapery hardware for the home makes swing arm rods designed for light weight drapery treatments and are available in bronze, and pewter.

Swing arm curtain rods are especially useful for French doors because they allow you to simply swing curtains to the side instead of pushing them out of the way. It is important to mount swing arm curtain rods correctly. Follow these simple steps for an easy installation.

*Consider where you want to mount the swing arm curtain rods. Your options include the wall closest to the door, outside or inside the frame or even on the ceiling above the frame. Make sure the arm can move easily from the location you choose.

*Measure the width of the window.

*Determine where you want the curtain rod to swing, this may either be to the frame or near the upper edge of the window.

*Mark the screws in the right position.

*Before installing the screws drill holes. You may need drywall anchors if you do not strike a stud when drilling.

*Keep in mind that you need to level both the curtain rods with the side by side windows. Screw in the swing arm curtain rods and move them back and forth to ensure that they swing freely. If you find impeded movement of the arm, you may have to alter its position.

Create a Retreat with Color

What’s your fantasy master bath? Is it pristine, simple and straightforward? Or s something more luxurious, a spa-like setting? It doesn’t really matter which amenities you choose, it’s your color choice that will be vital in setting the right mood. Most people choose a space that is as restful and relaxing as a warm bubble bath. This usually means a calming color palette filled with greens and blues, soft hues and subtle neutrals.

 
Some color schemes are more soothing than others, more natural if you will. Greens and blues, from the cooler side of the color palette, are evocative of the variegated colors of the Caribbean. The bathroom isn’t a place for electric blues or bright greens but rather, use softer tints like sea foam greens and aqua blues. Not only are these tones refreshing, they also visually drop the temperature a few degrees, isn’t that nice in a room associated with hot baths and steamy showers?
When choosing fixtures, pick those in the neutral hues like white and biscuit, and add in more color with the flooring, accessories and wall treatments. Blues and greens are very soothing, just like the ocean and sky. To warm them up use brown wood tones, those are chocolate in hue.
You may want to bring color into the bathroom in less expected ways, too. Light blue could come from a piece of granite or a pale green from textured glass tiles. To incorporate extra color is important but you should also have texture and interesting surfaces, too.

 
You can create a feminine atmosphere with peaches and pinks, or a fresh look by using lemony yellow. Try surrounding your space with lavender tones, then go one step further with some aromatherapy in the guise of lavender-scented candles.

 
If a spa-like experience is what you are looking for, wrap the whole room in white — white tiled walls, floors, fixtures and cabinetry, marble countertops, and even white towels and robes. Be careful though, white can become sterile looking. To make things interesting, use elements that aren’t all the same shade of white. Warm things up a bit with soft yellows or creams and some touches of gold or warm sage greens.

 
Remember, a soothing scheme is in the eye of the beholder. There aren’t really any bad colors, just be careful where you use them. Visit Continental Window Fashions at Continentalwindowfashions.com to see some beautiful accent mirrors. To add to your newly decorated room.  Decorative mirrors can provide the finishing touch to your room. Continental can offer you a decorative mirror to fit any décor. Iron Art by Orion’s Diamante Reflections has a wide variety with both wrought iron mirrors and wooden framed mirrors .Many of their products look like antique mirrors and come in several shapes from small round mirrors to large decorative mirrors. Howard Elliott also offers unique round wall mirrors and intricate ornate mirrors.

A-Z WIndow Treatments and Curtain Hardware Part III

 

Are you interested in learning even more about window coverings and curtain hardware? These terms will help you become more informed about headers, Hopper windows, jabot, and knotting. This is part three of your go-to guide.

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Graber Drapery Hardware: Since 1939 Graber has been in the drapery hardware and curtain rod business making quality hardware at competitive prices.
H
Header: The top edge of a rod-pocket curtain that forms a ruffle when the curtain is on the rod.

Helser Brothers Drapery Hardware: Helser Brothers recognizes the critical role strong manufacturing processes, precision metal working, tight tolerances, and extremely high quality would play when combined with over-the-top customer service. Competitive and simple pricing, guaranteed quick turn-around time, original custom designs, and a six-point check and balance system to ensure clients get exactly what they order each and every time.

House Parts Drapery Hardware: House Parts has been in the business of making high quality drapery hardware since 1979 at some of the most competitive prices. House Parts Draper Hardware captures the aesthetic qualities of both European and American craftsmanship in the replicas that the company produces.

Hopper Windows : These windows are hinged at the bottom and open inward from the top – the reverse of awning windows.
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Inside Mount Drapery Rods(Wooden): Continental Window Fashions offers several options for wooden inside mount curtain rods.

Iron Art by Orion Swing Arms: A high end, elegant and sturdier swing arm and crane curtain rods. Made of high quality iron, Iron Art swing arm curtain rods from Orion are able to hold heavier drapes than other swing arms. Available in custom lengths, various mounting plates, 3 projections and a 35 Iron Art finishes.

J
Jabot: A piece of fabric, long or short, which drape down on either side of a swag or valance, often pleated and tapered.
K
Kick Pleated Valances: Valances that are constructed like box pleats, but with the pleats spaced further apart.

Kirsch Drapery Hardware: No matter what type of curtain rod or drapery hardware item you are looking for you can find it at Kirsch. Traverse rods, wooden curtain rods and finials are just a few of the collection that Kirsch has to offer.

Knotting: A technique used when looping and arranging fabric panels.

Choosing a Rug for Your Home

 

Momeni New Wave rugs celebrate the intricate tapestry that depicts the influences of Abstract Expressionism, Art Deco and Vienna Succession. Needless to say, these beautiful rugs can easily become the ultimate centerpiece in your home.

Momeni features over 500 area rug designs, with each design giving off an original and distinct appeal. These highly coveted collections easily set them apart from the rest of the competition and give any buyer real value for their money. There is nothing like a plush area rug to give real value and distinction to any type of interior. With a great number of area rugs of every possible shade and design, you can easily find one to best suit your preference and design requirements. The Momeni New Wave rugs celebrate the intricate tapestry that depicts the influences of Abstract Expressionism, Art Deco and Vienna Succession. Needless to say, these beautiful rugs can easily become the ultimate centerpiece in your home.

Momeni features over 500 area rug designs, with each design giving off an original and distinct appeal. These highly coveted collections easily set them apart from the rest of the competition and give any buyer real value for their money. There is nothing like a plush area rug to give real value and distinction to any type of interior. With a great number of area rugs of every possible shade and design, you can easily find one to best suit your preference and design requirements.

The choice of rugs and carpets is considered to be a momentous and critical decision. Rugs and carpets play an important role in enhancing and complementing the overall look and feel of the interior furnishings. They beautifully set the stage for your furniture but it can also stick out like a sore thumb if you make a mistake.
The trick lies in knowing how to choose. You have to keep a lot of things in mind while deciding on the ideal area rug for your home. You have to consider the color, texture and the design, and how snugly they fit into the general decor of your room before you buy your area rug.

 

Color:
The color of the rug you choose must be in concert with the color of the room you’re going to place it in; coordinating the colors creates a bond between your room and the rug. One third of a room’s color is dominated by the color of the floor covering
Design:
After color, the design of the area rug becomes important. While area rugs as a whole are an extension of the owner’s personality; the design of the rug can easily be termed as the most visual way of achieving that. Be it contemporary or traditional, both styles account for your self-expression and taste. Geometric patterns are best suited for modern settings; whereas traditional floral patterns are the ones you can use to enhance an English garden feel. When mixing patterns, it is important to remember that either the color or the pattern should be in sync with each other. This helps in binding the décor of your rooms. Another thing to note is that patterned area rugs are far better at hiding stains than solid colors. So you may want to place one under your dining table, where spills are likely to occur!
Texture:
The texture of an area rug matters a lot when choosing the right one, too. It is the key piece of the puzzle that adds to the room’s warmth. The way the rug feels, literally adds to the feel of the room. For example, a wool rug will add warmth and definition to a room that has shiny or smooth surfaces.

 

The Momeni collections will satisfy everyone’s design esthetic, and will never sacrifice style or quality. The bold, rich colors and sleek, chic designs of these collections are available in a wide range of size,shape and color, and come as runners, circles and octagons. Whether you are searching for the perfect area rug for your nursery, home, office or outdoor space the Momeni Collection has something for everyone adult, teen and infants alike, and Continental Window Fashions is proud to make the line available to you. 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.

Contemporary Drapery Hardware

By definition contemporary means living or existing at the same time, modern or of or about the same age or date.  Contemporary drapery hardware by definition would be sleek, modern, shiny our even something that looks ahead of its time.  Since we have been in the business, about 20 years, we have seen styles come and go.  But one style has always been a good seller and could be just the right fit for you.  If you are someone that likes clean line and cutting edge design then you are a candidate for some of more modern hardware lines.  Most often this drapery hardware will consist of simple and clean lined finial designs on some sort of simple tubing.  Finishes most often associated with contemporary drapery hardware would be a brushed nickle our polished chrome.  Since there are so many ways to create this modern and contemporary it often is best to consult with a window fashion professional staff her at Continental Window Fashions.  We will help you with the making the right decision selecting your contemporary hardware.  Here are some quick links to some of our more popular collections:

As always you can call us for a free over the phone consultation with one of our on staff designers. 1-866-375-4500