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One Room At A Time: Kitchen Window Treatments

Windows in the kitchen can be a fairly difficult task to figure out. As in most rooms, you have to keep the basics in mind – why do I need this treatment, and work your way from there. Do you need to cover your windows for basic privacy? Is there any need to darken the room? Is there glare in your eyes while you’re eating dinner? Are you just simply looking to just dress up the window?
The other considerations for a kitchen that differ a little from the other rooms are related to where in the room the windows are located. Is the window directly over the sink? (Will there be splashing that can hit the treatment). Is it over the counter or the stove? (Is there a chance food will get on it while you are cooking or preparing a meal). Is it close to the table? (Is it possible someone could spill something on it while eating or get fingerprints on it).
All of these things considered, there are a couple of options that are usually the go to in the industry for your kitchen. Faux wood, for one, is always a go-to option. They give you multiple functions – privacy, room darkening, glare protection. They are also extremely easy to clean – basically they are just made from PVC, a material that is extremely durable and can hold up to being cleaned on a regular basis. They come in a wide range of colors and different options that can customize a look to work in nearly any kitchen.
Another popular option is sun shades. The consideration with these are they do not provide a high level of privacy because they are more of a screen, but often times you do not need full privacy in your kitchen. The good thing about these shades is that they provide an extremely modern, clean look to a room, and block out the glare in the room. The best part is that they can be cleaned extremely easily with a damp cloth or sponge as they are a solid piece of material that is coated in vinyl. These have become more and more popular as kitchens are decorated with a more modern look, and are available in a wide range of different colors as well as textures.
Of course, any treatment will work in the room, it is just generally wise to stay away from fabrics in most instances. Whether it’s close enough to get hit with food/moisture, just keep in mind that the fabric will retain the smells and scents of your cooking.

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Stylish Savings

By: Meghan

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So 2013 is ending, and you have spent so much this year. Birthdays, holidays, bills- ugh. And you always feel like you are spending money at the worst times. Though let me, let you in on a little secret- end of the year is the best savings. Everyone is getting into the mindset of “Out with the old, and in with the New”. And you should as well. Hey spending money isn’t so bad when you are saving money!

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Blinds and Shades for the New Year (and every year!)

By: Meghan

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Cheers to you, cheers to all, cheers to everyone all around! We toast we cheer, kiss to a dear, pop champagne, watch the mirror ball drop! Hurrah, hurrah! 2014 is coming up quick and now is the time to prep. 2013 is so last year!

You have had that sparkly dress and high heels picked out for months, you have the menu prepped, and have hand selected the champagne, and other treats. But after Thanksgiving you are glad that your sister is hosting Christmas because not only are you worn out- but you are noticing your decor!

Time to bring in the New Years with a bang!

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“Out with the Old, In with the New”

By: Kim W.

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I live out in the country, but love the bustling city life; so I decided to incorporate that into my home! First thing I did was rip up my carpet with intention of putting in a wood floor, only to find that it had an amazing wood floor underneath! A dream come true. So with a little sanding and TLC it looks like new! Got lucky there!.. The walls in my family room for the past 8 years have been a deep mustard yellow with a greenish tint to it, with an oak chair rail and then a “country-side” rolling greens wallpaper below the chair rail. While this style is cute and very country french, I wanted to bring a more modern and “city-like” vibe to it. I am starting by painting the chair rail white and then adding a wainscoting below. I believe that  will instantly lighten the room and create a warm and yet sophisticated feel. I will keep the yellow color on the walls above the chair rail, but I will lighten it (add more white to the paint color) so it is not as harsh and also allow for a more airy feel in the room.

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New Year, New You, New House

By: Ashley

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Each year as the month of December comes to an end, people find themselves making resolutions for the new year ahead and setting individual goals. Many people do this because they are tired of procrastinating and have come to accept the changes they need to make to become better. So why not make a resolution to get your house in the style and shape that you want? We all at some point feel this way, as homeowners and renters. You have that “ahh” moment where you realize that you have been looking at the same paint job and window treatments, since your daughter was born; and now she is in middle school! So why not change this? While you’re coming up with resolutions to make yourself better, add a few more to that list in homage to your house.

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SPRING FLING!

By: Asha

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With spring in the air, and renovation
s on the go a great way to spruce up a room is changing the wall colour, accesories, and the blinds. This season floral patterns are all the lastest trend, whether it’s clothing or decor. Choosing a neutral ballet pattern in a window treatment, will

simply enhance the space. Updating the walls to a fresh color will make all the difference. If you want to create a bold look in your space throw in a pop of colour by adding an accent wall or bright floral toss cushions to your sofa.

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Growing up…

By: Karen

metro_tang_br_003So, like a lot of moms, I decorated my daughter’s room in all pink, with lacy curtains and delicate decorations.  And, like most girls when they grow up, they get bored of pink walls, and the decorations their moms’ thought would look good in their room.  Which brings me to my current dilemma, which is that my daughter decided she hates her room, and her wall color and asked when I was planning on letting her redecorate.  When I started asking her what she thought would be a good color, or if she had any ideas in mind, she informed me that she already decided that she wanted a “daisy” room.

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Insulating Shades For A New Look And Temperature

SOLIDTONES_1202ABy: Brenna

 

Now that my children have moved out for good, I am left with an empty back bedroom. No furniture, no window treatments, nothing. I have big plans for finally creating my in home office with this new available space. Sadly, I have been avoiding the room since the kids moved out because the temperature in the room is often unbearable. The windows are old and the air comes through every seam. So in the winter it is freezing, and in the summer it is stifling. After looking into the cost of new windows and installation, I backed away from that idea.

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Old & Dirty To Fresh & Clean

By: Brenna

 

About 5 years ago my husband and I purchased our first home; a true fixer-upper. During the years since then, we have been slowly updating  each room. I am pleased to say we are finally on our last room, the living room. When we first moved in, we purchased cheap, off the shelf, mini blinds just to have some privacy. I have always despised how difficult and time consuming they are to clean. I have always loved the look of white window treatments, especially in our living room. Unfortunately,123-ROLL4 the white mini blinds just look grey and dirty from the constant dust collection.

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