Use ABCs for window beauty, experts say
Photo caption The wall of windows call for adjustable light control. Accordia cellular shades with the top-down bottom-up feature keep natural light at arms length, while floor-length drapery panels will achieve complete blackout when needed.
(NC)—Planning a window treatment that works well, harmonizes with its surroundings and is easy to operate can be quite a challenge. That is, until you speak to someone who really knows the ins-and-outs and the ups-and-downs of window shades and draperies.
I was lucky, I got to talk with Mary Dobson, who is often seen on Citytv's Cityline. Mary is also spokesperson for Levolor Window Fashions in Canada, and she makes things simple as ABC and don't forget D.
Mary says “Think A for Action. What do we want this window treatment to do for us, in this room?” We cover our windows to control natural light, and for privacy. Also, we might want to reduce heat gain in summer and heat loss in winter. And if the window we are covering is actually a door that opens onto a patio, we need our window treatment to look good as well as be totally functional - to move aside when the door is in use.
Then she says, “B is for Balance between the look and style of the window treatment and the room where it is situated.” A window treatment can be traditional, contemporary, country, or any other style you feel comfortable with. Use colours, textures and hardware to make the windows part of the room.
C, says Mary, is for Choice. “There are many different kinds of shades and blinds. Get to know them all, and decide which will work best for you and your family. For example, cellulars are practical, versatile, save energy and control light in unique ways. Wood blinds, in a range of materials and colours, look great in the den, a home office, a kids' room, kitchen or a dining room. Roller shades come in a rainbow of colours and fabrics. Roman shades add a touch a class. PanelTrac, floor to ceiling panels, can create new ways to use your living space.”
And last comes D. Neglect D, and you'll be sorry, because it stands for dimensions. Mary says “Measure everything. Measure it once, twice and even a third time, because to get the best results, all window coverings have to fit correctly.”
You can learn your ABCs of window coverings at the Levolor website – www.levolor.ca. Here you can review the many types of window coverings, study different styles in room settings, select colours and fabrics, and get help with measuring online.
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