Monday, February 8, 2010

Don't Forget the Windows!

WINDOWS... whether you have many or few, they make such a statement in every room.  They allow us to see the outside world, whether the sun is shining, rain is falling, or snow is piling up.  They show us the environment our home sits within, whether a beautiful beach or nosy neighbors in close-range.  For all of these reasons, in addition to considerations like heat control and UV ray protection for our interiors, there are a wide array of products available to dress our windows appropriately.

While there aren't any "wrong" or "right" window fashion designs, there are some key considerations when dressing them.  First, if you have a view that is one you want to enjoy and want to draw attention to (city lights, water or mountains, an emerald green lawn) then choose your window dressings in a color that is a soft blend with the walls and furnishings in the room.  If you decide on blinds, you will also want something that can easily be moved of off the window and out of the way of the view.  This keeps our eye moving past the window treatment and out to the view beyond it.  Conversely, in places where the view is not your room's best feature, you can choose something more dramatic or colorful or opaque to keep the focus on the inside.

Hunter Douglas (TM) has a wonderful website with a short survey to help you identify some needs and appropriate products from their line of window fashions, which can help get the process started if you're really not sure what features are important to you.

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