Window coverings seem like the most basic of home elements, but not one we really put a lot of thought into. However, when chosen carefully, window treatments can make a world of difference in your enjoyment of your home, and even affect things like the longevity of your furniture, the quality of sleep you’re getting at night and even the amount of your energy bills.
We put together a list of some of the reasons why window coverings are important to having a comfortable, safe and enjoyable home.
Window Coverings are Energy Efficient & Save You Money
Draperies, some curtains, shutters and certain blinds provide insulation – especially important if your windows are older. Keep out unwanted cold and heat, and keep your AC-cooled air (and your money) from literally going out the window. By controlling the temperature, you also ensure that different parts of your home don’t become uncomfortable from direct sunlight or cold drafts.
Layering windows with multiple coverings (think draperies outside blinds or even inner and outer curtain panels) gives you plenty of options to balance sunlight, privacy and temperatures within any room.
Window Coverings Provide Privacy & Safety
No one is going to feel relaxed in their home, thinking that someone outside is staring at them – no matter how much we love our neighbors. Not to mention, you really don’t want people looking straight into your bedroom or bathroom. Especially if you travel often, for work or leisure, making sure your window coverings don’t allow people to see straight in becomes a safety measure you can’t afford to skip.
Learn how automated window coverings can add additional safety and security while you’re on vacation or business trips.
Many people are familiar as well with the ability to adjust the angle and openness on blinds with the twist of a rod or push of a button, and it’s not just choosing between “open and closed” for privacy either. Varities of window coverings allow for some unique privacy options as well, such as split-shutters that can open on only the top or bottom, or sheer curtains that allow plenty of sunlight and zero exterior visibility into your home.
UV Protection for You, Your Furniture, Electronics & Art
While sunlight coming in through windows is a beautiful and warming thing, it’s not always the best for you or your home. UV rays do come through windows with the light, and as we all know, we need to limit UV rays for our own health. UV rays also are damaging over time to everything from your electronics, your flooring, couches and art on your walls (and even the color on the walls themselves). Especially considering they’re often hit in the same places day to day, you could end up with weird, uneven color changes on rugs, walls and more. Protect your things from fading by ensuring they’re not being hit with unfiltered sunlight.
Your Home Looks More Finished and Professionally Designed
Even if you didn’t work with an interior designer on your whole home style, our designers will work with you to make sure your window coverings are a perfect fit for your architecture and your style. Uncovered windows make spaces look unfinished, while carefully chosen window coverings can add charm, elegance, sophistication or even soften an otherwise-hard lined space. The end result will be a much more upscale and complete appearance to every room.
Window Coverings Can Improve Your Life
Managing light in your bedroom can have a profound impact on your sleep, and studies even show that sunlight helps us concentrate better. Additionally, you can prevent annoying glare from ruining your favorite TV show or your preferred breakfast spot.
When you add in automation, you can also do great things like program all your windows to your daily schedule. This way your bedroom curtains open so you can wake up to natural light, close while you’re at work to keep out the afternoon sun and associated heat and so much more.
Increase Your Home’s Value with Custom Window Coverings
Quality, custom-made window coverings stand out from DIY-window coverings for a reason. They’re tailor made for the exact space they fit into. Whether that’s shutters custom-fit for your window or draperies that are installed perfectly and hover just an inch off the floor, you can’t really get the same results with out-of-the-box options.
If you’re looking to increase resale property value, this is a great way to do so in any and every room of the home. It can even increase curb appeal when professionals like our designers consider how everything fits together from the outside of your home as well.
Window coverings really do have a massive impact on our day-to-day lives, our bills, and so much more. Whether you’re moving into a new space or just need to refresh or update your existing one, take a look at the windows and see what benefits you could get from new blinds, shades, draperies and more.
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