A new window is a thing of beauty. Whether it is opening and closing with ease, or
gleaming (chip, crack and warp-free) in the sunlight, it definitely isn’t something to be
hidden away behind broken, dated blinds or curtains that are all shabby and no chic.
Window treatments serve as both fashion and function in your home. As an
important design and home comfort decision, window treatments should never be an
afterthought. Your treatments can make a bold statement, showcase your new
windows, save energy or all of the above!
Shades & Blinds
If you’re looking to go beyond the low-cost, built-in blinds of yesteryear, read on.
Blinds can be so much more than those flimsy eggshell wannabes. Using your
current or desired color scheme as a starting point, you can find high-quality blinds
that will enhance the room’s overall theme or ambiance.
*In the case of a total room makeover, work from the floor up. An inspiring statement
rug should be the connecting point for all furniture, art and window treatments. An
unlikely assortment can all be artfully tied together if they all go well with the rug.
Woven Wood/Bamboo Blinds
If you’re drawing inspiration from a sandy seaside or the cutting Mediterranean cliffs,
woven wood or bamboo blinds can make the perfect finishing touch. These blinds
look great whether they’re pulled up and open to let in the natural light or down for
shade and privacy. Their roman shade design makes them the perfect choice for
making a small window look much bigger. When you hang your bamboo blinds,
mount them about six inches above the window’s actual top to create the illusion of a
bigger window and a taller ceiling. Pair your blinds with a sheer, breezy curtain or
scarf for a calm, whimsical vibe.
If you aren’t one for show and you just want a nice, functional window treatment
without the frills or fuss, go cellular. Cellular shades combine a clean, modern look
with energy efficiency. Their honeycomb weave insulates rooms and adds subtle
design to their neutral, easy to match colors. If minimalism is your decorating
inspiration, cellular shades make the perfect window treatment.
Wood/Faux Wood Blinds
Wood and faux wood blinds are perfect for creating or enhancing a room’s cozy,
traditional feel. From the days of colonial America to now, their popularity has lasted
the test of time. Adding wood blinds to your home will block direct sunlight for a
cooling shade indoors but still provide warmth with their classic design. A wide array
of sizes and colors are available in both real and faux wood styles. Our favorite
combination is a 2-inch wooden blind paired with a complementing window scarf.
This still shows off your blinds while covering the top of the window for a more
*When planning a blind and curtain combo, remember to keep things current. Dated
styles and colors can leave a room feeling stuffy. Tie your fresh colors together
subtly (match curtains to accent throw pillows, etc.) for a chic and seemingly