A new view on win­dow treat­ments

Sun Sentinel Broward Edition - Homespot - Broward East - - LIVING G SPACE - By Kathryn We­ber

Tri­bune Con­tent Agency It’s easy

to fall into a dec­o­rat­ing rut, but try break­ing out of the mold by do­ing some­thing a lit­tle dif­fer­ent with your win­dow treat­ments. If you’re over­whelmed by all the op­tions avail­able, it’s easy to pare down your choices by how you want your win­dows to look and func­tion. Plus, there are many choices and some that fea­ture tech­nol­ogy. room, pri­vacy is go­ing to trump fash­ion. In th­ese ar­eas, it’s best to think about the types of win­dow treat­ments that are go­ing to give you the pri­vacy you need, the light you want and the look that com­ple­ments your room’s de­sign.

In a bed­room, a lay­ered ap­proach is al­ways a good op­tion. Pan­els have a soft­en­ing ap­proach and of­fer the op­tion of stay­ing open or closed. Adding a blind be­hind the pan­els in a nat­u­ral ma­te­rial such as wood or bamboo pro­vides that rustic touch and of­fers some pri­vacy. The looser the weave in the blind, the more light you’ll have, and the more or­ganic your blind will look. But if com­plete pri­vacy is a must, opt for a shade or shut­ters that can be tightly closed.

For a unique twist in the bed­room, try mir­ror­ing the bed with win­dow pan­els. If your bed is be­tween two win­dows, add only one panel on the left side of the left win­dow and one panel on the right side of the right win­dow. This adds ex­tra em­pha­sis on the bed and cre­ates a strong fo­cal point in the room.

If you’d like to man­age your light and pri­vacy with the flip of a switch, you can. To­day’s win­dow treat­ments can do more than go up and down. Shades and blinds can both pre­serve views and help bring tem­per­a­tures down. And, like your cof­feemaker and home ther­mo­stat, you can pro­gram when you want your shades or win­dow treat­ments raised, low­ered or tilted. Con­trol­ling your win­dows can be done via a re­mote, a switch on the wall or even an app. Prices range from about $100 and up per win­dow based on the type of lift mech­a­nism used (so­lar, bat­tery or out­let) and the type of op­er­a­tion (re­mote, switch or app).

If you’d like a new look for your win­dows, try a bold pat­tern in pan­els and a sim­ple Ro­man shade be­hind, or re­verse the look for some­thing re­ally fresh. Add sim­ple pan­els and fol­low with a strong pat­terned shade be­hind. Or co­or­di­nate fully by adding pan­els and shades all in the same pat­tern to keep the look uni­fied. For some­thing even fresher, take down all the win­dow treat­ments and paint the win­dow cas­ing with a con­trast­ing color like black. Add in a bold Ro­man shade and you’ve got an up­dated win­dow.

For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Kathryn We­ber through her web­site, RedLo­tusLet­ter.com.

© 2015 Kathryn We­ber. Dis­trib­uted by Tri­bune Con­tent Agency, LLC.

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