Think about why you want to cover your window. What are your primary concerns - privacy, insulation, energy savings, security, style, light control, or to protect your furnishings? This is the first question to answer when trying to find the perfect window covering.
Let your designer or window treatment consultant know your budget. This will help in narrowing down the product categories and make sure that you will get a solution you love within your budget.
Design! Think about the emotion you want to create for yourself and others who enter the room in question as well as your home. Now is your chance to create the ambiance and feel that you've always wanted. It's amazing how the color, style, and options for your window treatments can affect the mood and feel of the room.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SHADES, BLINDS, AND SHUTTERS?
This category is known as hard treatments as opposed to drapery, which is called soft treatments. Over the years there has been tremendous innovation, and each one of these window treatment categories has expanded to include multiple subcategories. To learn more about specific products see our specific product pages.
Shades Shades are a piece of fabric which rolls, stacks or folds, opening to a view only when the shade is rolled up. Certain shades do allow for "view through." The Hunter Douglas Pirouette is one such product - visit our showroom to see this and other Hunter Douglas products. Types of shades include Roller Shades, Woven Shades, Cellular Shades, Pleated Shades, Solar Shades, and Roman Shades.
Blinds Blinds have louvers which allow you view outside without lifting the treatment. It allows you to manipulate light and create a customized feel. The name blinds originated when they were used to "blind" one from seeing into a home. Over the past few years, many new options and designs have developed, including anti-dust features and fabric tapes for blinds. Types of blinds include Wooden Blinds, Faux Wood Blinds, and Aluminum Blinds.
Shutters Shutters are usually installed into a window frame and are horizontal slats, either made of wood or a polyresin that can be stationary or tilted. They do not move up and down like blinds but applications can fold across the window. Types of shutters include Wood Shutters and Polyresin Shutters.
WHAT DO I DO IF MY BLINDS, SHADES, OR DRAPERY BREAK, GET STAINED, OR JUST NEED A TUNE-UP?
Give us a call at 315-793-1994 or send us an email so we can discuss the best possible solution.
DO YOU HANDLE COMMERCIAL JOBS?
Yes. Our staff is equipped, trained, and certified to handle commercial jobs. Projects we have worked on include office buildings, doctor's offices, conference rooms, and even warehouses.
CAN SOMEONE COME TO MY HOME?
Yes. We work with multiple designers who are more than happy to come to your home for a free, in-home consultation. There is no extra percentage or retainer for using our designers.
FROM WHAT TYPES OF FABRICS CAN I CHOOSE?
Types of fabrics depend on the product you want. If you pick a hard treatment, your options are limited to the colors and options set by the fabricator. When compared to soft treatments like drapery where the fabric options are endless, you can create a truly customized look and feel.
HOW CAN I PROTECT MY DRAPERY FROM THE SUN?
We always recommend draperies be lined to protect it from damaging UV rays. The sun is a constant enemy of any fabric, and any continuous exposure will weaken the strength of most fibers.
WHY ARE ENERGY-EFFICIENT WINDOW TREATMENTS IMPORTANT?
Energy-efficient window treatments save money and translate into year-round savings on the cost of heating and cooling the rooms in which they are installed. The more heat loss and heat gain they prevent, the more money will be saved in keeping those rooms warm in the winter and cool in the summer.