Selecting window fashions is often a complicated decorating decision as there are many considerations. Here are the questions you need to ask, and better yet, the answers to perfect the art of window dressing from Sally Morse, director of creative services for leading window covering manufacturer Hunter Douglas.
Is privacy a key factor?
A general rule of thumb is if you can see out through closed window treatments during the day, others can see in at night. Look for window fashion innovations such as Silhouette window shadings, with the Signature S-Vane, from Hunter Douglas that offer a combination of sheer fabric to maintain a view of the outside and rotating fabric vanes for variable light control and privacy both during the day and into the night.
Do you have too much or too little light entering the room?
Light is a great natural resource that can be altered to suit your needs. Window fashions with rotating vanes or louvers can be used to direct light where it’s needed most. Newer products like Pirouette window shadings feature adjustable vanes attached to a sheer fabric backing that actually draws softly diffused light deeper into the room. For media rooms and bedrooms, treatments that provide maximum room-darkening are a good choice.
Remember that while sunlight can beautifully illuminate a space, it also gives off heat and harmful UV rays. Products like Duette Architella honeycomb shades feature a patented honeycomb-within-a-honeycomb design that significantly reduces heat transfer at the window while providing superior UV protection.
Is outside noise a problem?
If your widows face a crowded street, sound can be a problem, especially at night. It’s good to know that fabric window fashions offer significant sound absorption to create a more serene setting inside.
What about hard to reach windows?
For very large windows or those that are high up, motorized window fashions are a necessity. They’re also great for dressing windows or an entire wall, and in bedrooms where you can operate them without leaving the comfort of your bed. Hunter Douglas PowerRise2.0 with Platinum Technology easily integrates into most home automation systems.
There are so many advancements in window treatments, particularly from Hunter Douglas. More information is available online at www.hunterdouglas.ca. If you have a window covering dilemma, ask EiEiHome’s select service pro, Danny Tulino of Centurian Window Fashions.
Editor, Marika Asikainen