Q: We’ve just moved into our home and we were considering different window treatment options. When it comes to the front of the house how uniform should our treatments be? Should they all be in one color or is it preferable to mix and match depending on our interior décor?
A: It is common to want the window treatments in the front of your home to be as uniform as possible-just how uniform is up to you. Most people just make sure that the front products are generally white. Options like Cellular and Pleated shades have white backings despite their colored inside-facing fabric. Some aluminum blinds can be made as “duo-tones” which are white on the back.
In general, the more symmetrical your home décor the more likely the products should be similar. People often use one product across the front; however, many also use one for the first floor and another for the second. It’s your home, so whatever option you feel is appropriate should be fine.
Q: What are some window shade options for a second story window in a study?
A: If you want a shade, consider the Top-Down/Bottom-Up feature, which allows you to cover the bottom half of your window and not block your view. For instance, if you’re studying or reading, this option allows you to block people from seeing into the room while maintaining some of the outside view and sunlight.
Q: Our family room in the summer is almost unbearable due to the heat from the harsh sunlight that comes into the room from our several windows. We have central air conditioning but that room is always a lot warmer. What type of window treatment should I consider that will help me cut my air conditioning costs in the hot summer months?
A: Look for window treatments that have insulating qualities. There are four different types of shades available that provide excellent insulating values – the pleated shade, nested cellular, single cellular and double cellular shade. The pleated shade blocks heat and protects against the suns harmful U.V. rays. This treatment option can also add a decorative element to your décor as they are available in linens, prints and jacquards. Nested and Single Cellular shades are constructed to actually trap pockets of air inside the shades, helping to regulate your room’s temperature. The Double cellular shade’s structure maximizes energy efficiency lowering your cooling costs. If you’re looking for complete blackout options, effective choices include room-darkening roller shades and pleated shades with a blackout lining feature.