Suitable Window Coverings

Expert Author Linda A Hammond
Every window should have an opportunity to become its best self. Windows add light and ventilation and sometimes a great view, but not always. That said, you need to determine how your windows will function best for your room and your needs.
First assess where the window is in the room; is it on the north, south, east or west wall? Then, you can move on to what effects north, south, east or west light and ventilation will have on your room. For instance, if you have a view, you will want to capitalize on it-- nothing trumps a view. If your view is to the south or west, you will have sun issues that need to be addressed to protect your furnishings and floors; consider tinting so you can enjoy the view.
With a view window, you may want to consider no window coverings at all which will work if you do not have a privacy issue or thermal protection; tinting will also help with thermal conditions. In the case of a view without the need for privacy measures, I usually recommend nothing at all, or "dummy panels", non-functioning drapery panels that add color, design and interest to a room to enhance the view outside and the decor of the room inside.
If you have a window without a view or an unpleasant view, I usually look outside to see what can be done to alter the view. A block wall is decidedly uninteresting until you plant a clinging vine on it, flowering or not. However, beware that non-flowering vines usually are deciduous, turning red in the fall and dropping their leaves in winter, leaving a skeleton of branches on the wall. If planting will not work, I suggest covering the glass with a semi-opaque film, then adding pretty drapes or blinds. You want the light, but can avoid the assault of an unpleasant view.
Odd shaped windows are a challenge and usually require custom coverings; those can be expensive. Again, consider the above solutions if they apply. Custom is sometimes the only way to go, but it does not have to be expensive. Sometimes, off- the-rack drapes can be adapted easily with the help of a seamstress or your own sewing talents. There are plenty of good, off-the-rack options; you just need to think outside of the box. Add some trim, on the leading edge of the panel, or top or bottom, to add length, width, or interest.
Shutters are usually an added bonus, adding value when selling your home. However, they are expensive and view limiting. To take advantage of the view, you will want to have the widest possible louvers, or open the shutters during certain times of the day; but you will have to make sure the blinds will not interfere your furnishings.
Always, think of how you will use the room and its location before investing in expensive window treatments. Sometimes the easiest solution is the best. Consider a room divider screen as a window treatment, allowing ventilation; the design optBy Linda A Hammond

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How To Save Money When Buying Blinds And Shutters For Home

Expert Author Miki Smith
Keeping the home in a beautiful, well-maintained state is the foremost priority of every homemaker. Specially for women, who are home engineers, it is the most tiring task to keep everything in order. They spend hours of time to clean the furniture, sheets, and other stuffs. They broom and wipe the dust from their house, which is an extremely exhausting everyday duty. However, there are available vacuum cleaners that have successfully replaced sweeping, the traditional method of house cleaning. But, there are many other ways to keep the dust and dirt away from your house.
Window/door blinds and shutters are two fixtures for homes and rooms that provide a rock solid solution against dust and dirt. By getting it installed in your home, you can keep off the dust from your rooms.

What Are Window Blinds?
Window blinds are coverings or new-age curtains for windows. The name comes with its feature of blinding the dust and peepers' view. It looks beautiful in a room, and it gives an alluring touch to the room. There are many horizontal or vertical slates in the window blind system that blind unwanted pollution and peepers. These slates are made from different materials. Some of the materials are - wood, plywood, plastic, and metals - steel and aluminum, cloths fabric, transparent fiber material, and so on. According to some interior decoration experts, window blinds give an astonishing, pleasant look to a room. These are available in various color options, which you can choose according to the color texture of your rooms.
What Are Window and Door Shutters?
Shutters also provide a concrete solution against dust and pollution. These are stable window and door coverings, which are attached to the window, with their frame. In this frame, there are vertical panels and horizontal rails, which make the window look more beautiful. Apart from home decoration, shutters are installed for security reasons also. Some shutter manufacturers have also claimed to have hurricane proof shutters. These hurricane shutters can provide a reliable shelter during the hurricane and other weather conditions.
Saving Money On Window Blinds And Shutters
Home decoration products are expensive, which you think twice before making an investment. Know your requirements - If you invest in wrong entities, it will be a waste of money, and some amount of time, which you invested while shopping. When looking for window blinds and shutter installation, you must know which size and type of coverings will be appropriate for your home. If you are buying it to decorate your house, you can consider, going with fabric and plastic ones. But if you are looking for security, you should opt for metals and wooden fixtures. Investing in the wrong types of blinds and shutters will cost you hard. In addition to, you should always buy home decoration products from a reliable supplier and manufacturer; it will ensure durability and quality.