Window Treatments – Protect Your Art & Furniture From a Sunburn

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Blinds, shades, and draperies, collectively known as “window treatments” are a great addition to any home. They’re not only functional, they add style and personality.

Window treatments run the spectrum from clean and simple to elegant and complex.

One of the main benefits of all window treatments is that they allow you to control light, including providing UV protection.

As happy as we are to see the sun in spring and summer, it has a dark side. We all love to get our Vitamin D, but we still wear sunscreen. Your art and furniture can get a sunburn too. Your home needs the same protection from the sun’s rays that your skin does. Not only does your family benefit from the protection that window coverings provide, your furnishings, draperies, accessories, and floor coverings do too.

Unprotected, the sun burns out the colours, fades and disintegrates the fibres of your fabrics and rugs, ruins your art and changes the colours of your wood floors

Another great thing about window treatments is that you can manage privacy. Dance naked for your neighbours, or not, this becomes entirely up to you.

In addition to privacy and light control, window treatments also conserve energy, helping keep rooms seasonably warm or cool making them a great solution to drafty windows. Window treatments, especially drapes, (which we love!) can also be a real benefit to room acoustics.

Here are our three favorite window treatments:

Roller Shades

Most simple, and becoming the most common in our projects, are roller shades. Roller Shades are the new “mini blinds” only they make you swear less when you use them. Roller shades come in color options with designs that make it easy to convert any space.

Options

Opacity: from see through to blackout and everything in between

Automation: solar, hardwired or battery – Yes solar!!

UV rated: this is an option in some brands

Valances: there are choices

Benefits

Control: temperature and light including computer glare

View: when they are closed they disappear

Safe: no cords with automation

Convenient: they can usually fit into existing condo valances (where the mini blinds are now).

Compatible: work with other window treatments like drapes or outside mounted roman shades

Strata Rules: easy to meet guidelines

Affordable: compared to most other window treatments


Drapes

These are our favourite and probably the most beneficial of all window treatments. They insulate your windows keeping your room cool or warm as needed. For darkening rooms, especially bedrooms, they can be lined with a blackout lining. The least considered benefit is acoustics, drapes help soften sound in a room. As a design element they work in any style of space.

Options

Opacity: from shear to blackout and everything in between

Automation: hardwired

Mounting: ceiling or wall mounted

Hardware: lots of rods and tracks – some rods can be curved to go around corners

Benefits

Control: temperature and light and acoustics

View: can clear the window depending on installation

Safe: no cords

Convenient: they can fit into existing condo valances

Compatible: work with inside mount roller shades

Strata Rules: easy to meet guidelines

Affordable: if you buy from IKEA. We always suggest custom, which are pricey, but worth it!!


Roman Shades

Share the same attributes of drapes – only they are shorter. Ideal when you have a baseboard heater or furniture piece below a window. They are a great companion to drapes and can be the same or complimentary fabrics. Roman shades are an embellishment opportunity waiting to happen.

Options

Opacity: from shear to blackout and everything in between

Automation: hardwired

Valances: optional

Mounting: inside mount or outside mount

Benefits

Control: temperature and light

View: will always block part of the window when open

Safe: will have a cord/chain but doesn’t have to be long and can be locked

Compatible: work with other window treatments like inside mount roller shades

Strata Rules: easy to meet guidelines

Affordable: only if you buy from Home Depot. We always suggest custom, which are pricey but worth it!!

Dwaina

Author: Dwaina

I am devoted to making people love living in their homes. I have done that with absolute joy for most of my life and as a career for the past 20 years or so...I am a homebody – I do not actively seek adventure but I have had adventures. I believe home is the most sacred and important place in the world. I say I grew up on a farm – but I doubt technically it would qualify as a farm. Five acres – one milk cow – one calf - we ate them when they grew up, lots of chickens and a few pigs – we ate them too…I was that kid who dragged rugs and furniture out to the orchard and set up outdoor rooms. It mixed my two favourite things – outside and comfortable furniture. My friends and I would sleep outside in my “rooms”. It was magical because my ceiling was full of stars.I have lived in small houses, big houses, basement suites, cottages, condos and apartments. I have built and I have renovated houses. For a short time in my young life I was without a home – this changed me. I have lived with pets, wanted and unwanted – rodents are unwanted… I have lived in a house richly full with the raising of my four children. I have had the tremendous joy of my children carrying my grandchildren into my home. I have had my home become an “empty nest” and my life shrunken and shattered with the loss of my beloved husband.Home and my people there have always been my comfort. It does not matter where home is, it only matters that you are in it and that you find comfort there and that is why I do what I do.
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