Custom Drapery and Window Treatments: How to Choose Them (and Why)

Kim Viner, VP of textiles and material design for Hunter Douglas, once made this observation to the Washington Post about custom drapery and other window treatments: “You don’t think about them until you have to think about them.”

Viner has a point. Really, who stops to think about the drapes, curtains, shades and/or shutters when they purchase a new home? Usually, it is not until someone gets settled in their house or apartment that they start noticing how hideous those plastic blinds look.

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Custom drapery and other high-quality window treatments can be more than mere dressing. They can transform the way that a room looks and feels. Not only that, custom drapes and blinds can have significant utilitarian value. They can provide a home with:

· Privacy

· Temperature Control

· Glare Reduction

· Protection from Sun Damage

· Reduced Expenses for AC and Energy

Here is some basic information on some of the window treatments out there and what they offer.

Blinds

Made from metal or wooden slats or strips of fabric, blinds tend to be a more cost-effective option when it comes to window treatments. This does not mean that you need to compromise on style, though: High-quality drapes can add a touch of minimalist elegance to a room.

Curtains

Custom drapes give you many more options for personalization. The best window treatment providers can give their clients access to an extremely diverse collection of hardware, fabrics and designs. Admittedly, it can get a little daunting trying to navigate all of these options, but a good provider should offer free samples to help you make the right decisions. The right company might also have in-house design consultants who can work with you to find just the right look for your space.

Shutters

Lightweight, durable shutters can highlight the architectural details of a house while offering energy efficiency, light control and noise reduction. Households with young kids can find products with zero-cord designs, which will help prevent any hazardous mishaps from occurring.

Shades

There are three major types of shades:

· Roman Shades (have folds that cascade down when lowered)

· Roller Shades (pull down from a tube)

· Cellular/”Honeycomb” Shades (have pleated chambers that can hold air)

All three options can provide excellent cover and energy efficiency. Indeed, Lowe’s director of merchandising Tim Hamilton told The Washington Post that solar shades could save homeowners up to 20% on their power bill.

Smith & Noble supplies clients the finest and most cost-effective window treatments on the market. The company takes pride in offering custom drapes, blinds, shutters and more without the custom price.

About Smith & Noble

Smith & Noble has provided residential and commercial clients with stylish, lovingly crafted custom drapes and other window treatments for more than 30 years. The company’s products combine style and reliable functionality.

For additional information, visit Smithandnoble.com

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