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Shades Tips and Advice Window Basics

Basement Window Treatments

When you decide to finish your basement, there are a lot of things you take into consideration. For starters, we have wall colors, flooring, lighting, and not to forget the overall décor. Generally, window treatments may be the last thing on your mind, until you stop and realize you have these tiny windows you need to somehow cover up.

The typical basement window is the same width as your regular window, but significantly shorter. This not only results in a minimal amount of light being let in, but generally the issue that anyone outside can peek “down” into your space quite easily. Therefore, you are left looking for a covering that will provide some privacy, but not block out a lot of light.

The “go to” treatment in basements is most typically a cellular or pleated shade when looking from a functional perspective. The main reason being that they have a small mounting headrail. The head rail for these shades can be mounted on pretty much any window, and close tight and compact with minimal stacking if you want to have the shade open. The other benefit to cellular or pleated shades is that they are available in light filtering materials and fabrics – which will give you privacy, but still let the light stream through. They come in a wide variety of colors and textures which will allow you to add a pop of color or design to the décor in the room. If anyone may be sleeping in the room, they are also available in a black out option as well.

From a decorative perspective, you can add drapes or curtains to make the windows appear a little larger than they are. Adding a curtain panel to each side of the window that falls below the sill, or even to the floor will give the window an illusion of being more open. It will give an impression that both the window and the wall are larger than they are, while giving you the chance to dress the room up a little more.

They key to basement decorating is always to remember that less is more. The space is generally small, the ceilings low, and the windows short. The simpler you decorate, the bigger the statement the room can make. And being that it is usually a more casual space, that works out perfectly!

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Pleated Shades

The pleated shade is a versatile and simply  window shade, very similar in appearance to a honeycomb or cellular shade. The difference between them is that while a honeycomb shade has cells, the pleated window shade consists of a single lighter layer of material. Pleated shades work well by themselves for a minimalistic decorating approach or with other window treatments such as curtains and valances.

These versatile shades come in a variety of sizes. Some can reach lengths up to 120” wide and 120” high depending on the fabric/material. In general, pleated shade come with numerous options as well, giving you plenty of ways to make these shades work for what you need in your space.

Pleated Shade Options

Light Filtering – Light filtering shades are the perfect option for those looking for privacy without blocking out a lot of natural light.

Room Darkening – You should choose room darkening shades if you want to block out a majority of light from outside, this is an ideal option for bedrooms and media rooms.

Blackout – You can also get a backing on the shade to help make it so that no light comes through the shade at all!

Cordless – This is an ideal option for those who want a clean, cord-free look. It is the safest option for those with children and pets too.

Top Down / Bottom Up – This option is great for light and privacy control since you can raise and lower your pleated shades from the bottom OR top of the shade. This option is ideal for bathrooms and bedrooms so you can get a lot of light in but still maintain privacy.

Lift Cord – This is the traditional blind which operates with the pull of a cord and an automatic locking mechanism to keep the shade from crashing down.

Motorized – This option will give you the choice to lift and lower your shade with the touch of a button! This option is great for larger windows or higher and harder to reach windows.

As you can see, you have plenty of options to choose from.. so what will it be??

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Pleated Petals

By: Tiffany H.

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The weather is changing and spring is finally here. While so much emphasis is out on refurbishing shrubs and planting flowers, lets redirect our attention to the inside, outside view of your gardens, your windows. Pleated shades offer a modern, semi-formal look to any room, and with our decorative floral patterns, it will surely welcome in the spring.

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Spring’s Here!

By Karen E.

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April’s finally over.  It seems that it finally took winter with it.  And after the snow storms week after week this winter, it is finally time to enjoy the sun.  All of the snow is finally gone, and the fresh mulch has been laid – there are even some flowers finally starting to bloom!

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Being Cold is so 2013! (So is unnecessary expenses!)

By: Meghan

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Snow storms are happening, it is winter time after all. (Yes really, already!) The temperature is plummeting, and heating bills are sky rocketing. Gas, oil, electric, and even buying wood for those wood stoves can get costly. You don’t want to go into debt so you are wearing long johns, wooly socks, flannels, sweats, and it is almost getting to the time to resort to mittens, scarves, and hats in the house. Stop! Don’t button one more button on that coat and halt that zipper on your ski suit.

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Helping Hand this Holiday Season

By: Meghan

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This is the time of year that we entertain, and as we all know entertaining means decorating, cleaning, and making the house look “perfect”. Between running around to make your house showroom perfect to presents (and yes window decor does make awesome presents!) to cooking pumpkin pie to egg nog- it’s always good to have a helping hand. So let me help you dress up those windows.

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Cellulars for My Sunroom

By: SherrySOLIDTONES_1202A

 

I had purchased my house not too long ago and I am very lucky to have a sunroom. I love how sunny and bright the room is. It is the room I usually try to sit in during the afternoon when I want to relax. Right away, I hung up paper shades because I have close neighbors and needed something so I wouldn’t be a fishbowl. But after a month, I was ready to purchase something permanent.

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