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All you need to know about Window Treatments
Window Treatments come in a large variety of styles and sizes to suit almost any interior decorating scheme. Blinds, curtains, and valances are the most common window coverings used today. Shades, curtains, and shutters are older styles that have evolved with modern technology. A window treatment is essentially a decorative feature or covering for a window that is primarily implemented for practical functionality (for privacy, blocking out heat or light, etc) or purely for visual enhancements (to enhance the appearance of a room). Window treatments can also be a decorative feature or covering for your windows.
What is Window Treatment?
A window treatment is a cover or modification of the window, often with the aim to enhance the aesthetics of the window and the room. Window Treatments come in a wide range of materials, types and colours. Some fabrics weave in patterns or colours to create patterns or even textures. These patterns can include stripes, pleats, zigzags, flaps, folds, seers, bows, swags, curves, and many others. The patterns and colours of fabrics vary widely.
Different Types of Window Treatments
Curtains are one of the most common window treatments on the market. They come in many different materials, thicknesses, patterns, colours, and styles, which can add colour or texture to your home. The type of curtains that work best for your needs will depend on their function. Curtains are manufactured from a variety of thick fabrics, each with a differing degree of light absorption and heat insulating qualities. For maximum temperature control, the curtain gap to the window should be small, with minimum convection drafts below or above the curtain. Various architectural structures around the curtain can minimize these air drafts, but usually, they are just used for decoration and make rooms feel cozier.
Window blinds are made from hard materials like wood or vinyl, unlike drapes and curtains. There are also faux wood blinds that are more durable and moisture-resistant than standard wood blinds. There are many different kinds of window blinds that use a variety of control systems. A typical window blind is made up of several long horizontal (or vertical) slats of various types of hard material, including wood, plastic or metal which are held together by cords that run through the blind slats. Vertical blinds run along with a track system that can tilt open and closed and move side-to-side. Window blinds can be maneuvered with either a manual or remote control by rotating them from an open position, with slats spaced out, to a closed position where slats overlap and block out most of the light. There are also several types of window coverings, called shades, that use a single piece of soft material instead of slats.
Like curtains, drapes are fabric panels, and typically sold in pairs. The differences between curtains and drapes, however, is that drapes are lined, sometimes with fabric heavy enough to block out all outside light, making them perfect for bedroom use. Drapes (sometimes called draperies) are long enough to reach from the top of the window to the floor, sometimes even puddling a bit beneath the window. Heavy, somewhat stiff fabrics are the norm for drapes, including luxury materials like velvet, damask, or silk. Drapes are usually double-lined and more commonly used to block out light. Drapes are more formal than curtains and better at keeping out cold drafts and heat.
A shade is a soft fabric panel that is attached to a rod or frame at the upper edge. Sold individually, shades come in a wide range of lengths, widths, colours, and materials and are sized to fit within the window frame, unlike drapes or curtains that hang below the sill. To let in light or see outside, you need to raise the shade, using either a cord, roller, or lifting mechanism. As the shade lifts, it either bunches or rolls around a rod, depending on the shade’s style—and there are lots of styles of window shades. The most popular one is the Roman Shades known for its elegant and sophisticated look They give you a sense of classic elegance, yet can be used in modern settings as well. They are available in fabric, faux fabric, and other fabrics for a custom look that no other type of blinds can provide.
The simplest of all treatments is the roller shutter. It consists of a large wooden frame with a set of parallel slats. To operate the shutter simply pull it down over the window. To clean, simply wipe it down. Roller shutters are available in a wide variety of materials and colours.
Soft Window Treatments
Many people prefer to use shades and blinds for protection and privacy when the need arises. Soft window treatments include faux wood blinds, faux leather blinds, bamboo blinds, soft vinyl blinds, and synthetic vertical blinds. These types of window treatments help to maintain privacy without blocking the view of adjoining rooms. Soft window treatments are also easy to clean, durable, and provide a good amount of UV protection. Faux leather, faux wood, and faux plastic blinds are popular choices.
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At John D Richardson Co Ltd, we offer a wide variety of window designs ranging from shades, blinds, drapery, and valances that can give your home or office an elegant look. Our team of design experts will guide you from start to finish to make sure that you choose the right design that can turn your home or office to the next level.