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Letting the Light Shine, not Blind

By Gina G.

Letting the Light Shine, Not Blind

Allowing natural light to enter a room, rather than simply relying on artificial lighting, can be a delightful addition to any room.  Often times, accomplishing this can seem difficult to do with window treatments because most times people require privacy and can confuse getting privacy with darkening the room.  Light-filtering options, like most fabric shades (whether roller, roman or pleated) can give you both privacy and natural lighting.  However, if you have a space that has a more relaxed, earthy, and natural vibe, bamboo shades or even sunweaves might be worth considering.

Bamboo shades, with their natural wooden chutes and grasses, can be a great addition to any room.  They certainly can dress up or down any window in the home depending on what the space requires.  And, what’s more, most of them are light filtering and sometimes even sheer.   They bring a natural décor and allow natural light to enter the room.   A lot of bamboo or woven wood shades are offered with liner choices so that if you do have a space, like a bedroom, where letting the light come in may not be preferred, you can block it. However, in most cases, they are used to allow light without the unwanted glare.

Sunweaves, or solar shades, are also great options for spaces with a natural décor.  They come in such a wide range of colors, designs, and textures that are sure to fit any room.  These shades are special because they are sheer treatments that allow natural light to shine through while blocking harsh sun rays.  Both sunweaves and bamboo shades are great natural looking additions to the home that can allow natural lighting to enter a space while either providing privacy or protecting against harsh sun rays.

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Keeping the View

    Most times when people are shopping for window treatments, they are looking for the treatment to look and do something specific for their window or room.  One of the most common functions for window treatments is to provide privacy.  Private treatments work both ways in that they block the view from the inside of the home, as well as from the outside looking in.  However, there are some windows and rooms where keeping the view may be more important.  Such spaces, can include kitchens, dens, and offices, where sheer or simple valance treatments may be a better fit.  Sometimes even bathrooms and bedrooms can allow for sheer treatments if the location of the window is on a higher story of the home or faces a remote area.  These are the best spaces to allow your home’s natural environment to be visible, which can do wonders for the ambiance of a room.

Keeping a natural view can be accomplished through pulling private window treatments up but in the aforementioned spaces, sheer or valance treatments can be so much more effective.  Often times in kitchens, which can have smaller windows, simple fabric valances are enough to add a little décor to the window while not blocking the view.  Wooden cornices or valances can also be utilized to accomplish this.

However, there are some cases where a sheer shade, instead of a valance might be more beneficial. For example if a kitchen window is located over a sink, a desk is positioned close to an office window, or a tv that is affected by glare in a family room.  In these situations where the natural view also comes with too much sunlight, sunweaves, or solar shades, are great options.  They are sheer, but are designed to block harmful UV rays so that you can keep your view of the outside world but also be productive.

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Seeing the View with Sunweaves

Seeing the View with Sunweaves

It’s a beautiful warm and breezy Saturday summer morning, you’re sitting at the breakfast table in the cottage, and the fresh smell of recently brewed coffee surrounds you. You breathe in the smell deeply, you feel the warmth from the mug in your hands, and inhale intensely after each sip of fragrant French roast.  You smile and look up from the mug, squinting unpleasantly, trying to see what would normally be the beautiful image of the lake through your large picture window that just happens to get the full, hot, blasting, east sun in the morning hours.

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Reasons Why Cellulars Are Good For Your Sunroom

 By: Dominic014_smartcell_lf_stone_022

 

There are a few questions that you should ask yourself when looking for window treatments for your sunroom. These questions should include things like light, privacy, decor, function, and insulation. The general purpose to most sunrooms is to have a comfortable room where one can go to relax. Most people prefer for their sunrooms to be bright with natural light.

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Room With A View

By: Brenna

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I have recently put a grand addition onto the back of my house, which faces a beautiful lake.  It is a raised sun room overlooking the docks and water. We decided to add the addition because it is such a gorgeous view that we have out the back, we wanted to be able to really have a good look at it.  So we built an expansive room with floor to ceiling windows, which provide us with the best views of the lake.  Unfortunately, what these windows don’t give us is privacy or total insulation. And with the lake area being so wide and open, all the surrounding homes can see us up in the sun room.

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Room Darkening?

By: Karen

When I went to the local blind store to outfit my new windows with some blinds, I was presented with the question – do you need room darkening? I said of course, it’s my bedroom – why would I want anyone to see in?? Turns out, room darkening has nothing to do with privacy. Once I got a more thorough explanation, it turned out you can have no privacy – privacy with light – privacy with little light – or privacy with no light at all. Now I was really confused.

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Poor Man Top Down Bottom Up

By: Erica

The other day I was doing my early morning stretches like I always do on my Wii fit, and was rudely interrupted by someone peeking into my room. I was absolutely floored knowing that I can’t be in the privacy of my own home without someone peeking in at me. They are either looking at my plasma TV or me, not to toot my own horn, but I think me. (ha) Now, I don’t have anything currently on the window and didn’t plan on getting anything since it is just a work out room, but apparently I need to. I just keep getting hit with expenses since I moved into this condo! I thought I was in the clear since all the other windows were covered with blinds (they are huge windows). Which actually makes me question why this one wasn’t? So frustrating that I have to cover this great window, I have a great view of the center courtyard garden and was hoping not to close it off. The unit I am in doesn’t have too many windows that get sunlight like this one does! (I guess that might be why it’s not covered…). Regardless, I NEED something to give me some privacy, light, and is cheap!

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Sheer-Light filtering- Room Darkening- Blackout

By: Sai

These terms are so important in the blind world but how is the regular consumer supposed to know the difference. I know I sure didn’t until I went looking for blinds.  My goodness, I still have a headache!  Every room has some type of different requirement that I wanted follow. So guess what I am doing for this blog. I will teach everyone the difference between requirements, and how I used each throughout my house. This will be a long strenuous process. It will hurt your brain, but in the end you will enjoy it! Let’s begin!

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Home Away from Home

By: Karen

As I laid down in bed at a bed and breakfast last weekend, I stopped and asked myself – why isn’t my mattress at home – the one I sleep in every night – this comfy?? It literally feels like I’m sleeping on a cloud.  Unfortunately, like most things, it’s not in the budget. Neither is a TV like the flat screen LED in the room, or a maid to clean up after me and do my laundry.  I feel like everyone needs to escape at least once a year just to relax and enjoy these amenities.

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