One great way to add to your home's functionality and decor is to install stylish window treatments. At Steve's Flooring and Design, their experts discuss the following considerations with clients searching for window treatments:
1. Style. Consider the ambiance you want to create. "The way you treat the window makes a statement," said Steve Meyer, owner of Steve's Flooring and Design. "There are many options, including hard treatments like shutters, wood blinds, cellular shades, roller shades, and vertical blinds. Softer treatment options are made of fabric, and include draperies, valances, and cornices. You can layer both types to fully dress your window, or you can choose one or the other."
2. Light and privacy. Shades offer different levels of opacity, from sheers to blackout fabrics. "It's important to determine which direction your windows face, and how much light you want to block," added Meyer. "Different window treatments will allow for varying levels of flexibility of light control throughout the day. A shutter or vertical blind offers a tilt option to control privacy while still allowing light to come in. A shade can give total privacy. A custom drapery over it all helps control light while adding style to the room."
3. Corded or cordless? New child safety standards effective this year will require all new stock window treatments to be cordless. "Corded treatments will be available by special order, but will have limitations on the maximum cord length," said Meyer. "Tilt operation will be controlled, for the most part, by a wand instead of a cord."
4. Inside or outside mount? Shades and blinds can be mounted inside or outside the window frame, while valances and draperies are mounted on the outside. "A flush mount application of any window treatment requires enough space to fully recess the treatment inside the depth of the window," said Meyer. "An outside mount is a better solution for blocking the most light."
Steve's Flooring & Design
717 Liberty St.
Morris, IL 60450