Large windows are gems in a home. They bring the outdoors inside. They fill the home with uplifting, natural lighting. In the case of sliding doors, they offer a crystal-clear means of exiting to a backyard or patio. So, what are the best treatments for them?
Choosing Coverings for Big Windows
The first step in choosing your ideal window covering solution is determining why you need it at all.
Do you need treatments for:
- Room darkening?
- Sun protection?
- Decorative purposes?
If you’d like to block your neighbor’s view of the goings on in your home, darken a room to improve movie or television viewing, block damaging UV rays, retain heat during winter and repel it during summer, or simply jazz up the vertical spaces in your home, it’s time to explore the wide range of beautiful window treatment options that will complement your home’s style.
Design Resource & Fabrics: Where Style Meets Function
Window coverings for big windows offer a chance to accentuate one of your home’s most dramatic architectural features.
Say good-bye to outdated vertical blinds and hello to sleek, modern Skyline panels from Hunter Douglas. This exceptional choice is durable and offers quiet, smooth operation. Achieve a clean, contemporary look with roller shades in fabrics uniquely suited to and stylish for any space. Another top choice is a simple rod paired with gorgeous drapes to frame your window. All offer privacy and varying degrees of light control and are a cinch to maintain.
At Design Resource & Fabrics, we’re ready to help you discover the possibilities awaiting your magnificent large windows. Our knowledgeable staff of designers is eager to guide you through the process of selecting the perfect window treatments for your big window needs, and our extensive inventory is sure to add style to your home. Ready to explore the window covering solution that's perfect for you? Give us a call today!
Many of our clients come to us for help with choosing the color for their drapes or blinds. Window treatments are a big undertaking, and we completely understand the desire to get it right the first time! In this post, we wanted to share some of our recommendations for choosing colors for window treatments. If you still have questions, though, don’t hesitate to call us—we’d love to hear more about your particular design dilemma and see how we can help.
The first thing to keep in mind is that blinds are more functional than drapes. Whereas drapes are often decorative, blinds serve the very specific purpose of blocking light and providing privacy. With that in mind, blinds are not typically changed up very often, which is why we recommend going with a neutral color. Blinds that are a light color are popular because they allow more natural light while still providing privacy. White, off-white, tan, gray, and beige are some of the most popular colors, and we like them too because they go with a variety of colors and allow you to change up the decor in a room without changing out the blinds.
As the more decorative part of the window treatment, drapes are where you can make a statement. Bold, rich colors and patterns draw the eye to the windows and lend vibrancy to a room. Keep in mind, though, that if you choose to make a big statement with the drapes, you’ll want to keep the rest of the decor in the room fairly neutral. Otherwise, the different pieces will be competing for attention, thus creating a lot of visual noise.
Tone-on-Tone with Texture
Another option for drapes is to choose a neutral color to complement the blinds, and add a pop of color elsewhere in the room—a turquoise sofa or large, vivid painting. We love the current trend of using texture to add interest to neutral colors. Tone-on-tone with variety of textures is a subtle way to keep neutral window treatments from being too bland.
We love helping our clients bring their beautiful spaces to life. Check out the wide variety of drapery fabrics we carry, as well as our huge collection of Hunter Douglas blinds and shades. When it comes to window treatments, we’ve got you covered!
Designers, we know you love to see what’s new and trending. We do too! That’s why we regularly invite reps from some of our favorite brands to come present their latest and greatest.
April 13th was our most recent special event for designers. Representatives from Fabricut and Oriental Weavers came to give presentations. We also enjoyed lunch and refreshments together (because frankly, everything is better with food!).
The fun kicked off at noon with Kristin from Fabricut. She presented all the new fabrics for what’s coming this spring, and brought the latest catalogs to keep us all up-to-date on the newest trends. In addition to the show-and-tell and great information, she also had bags of goodies to give away! The reusable totes were filled with notepads, pens, keychains, markers, and more.
Beth from Oriental Weavers followed, and she also gave us a preview of spring trends and fashions. As an added bonus, Beth raffled off a 4x6 rug! The lucky winner got to choose her favorite from a variety that Beth presented.
After the presentations, we had lunch and a time of Q&A with the reps. This is always a fantastic opportunity to go behind the scenes and learn more detail about the products. We discussed how rugs are made, the advantages to rug pads, and more.
At Design Resource & Fabrics, we love to bring the interior design community together. Camaraderie, fresh ideas, and inspiration are all born out of the time we spend together. Not to mention a lot of laughter! If you’re an interior designer in the Denver area and would like to be notified of upcoming events, join our interest list! We’ll have more events coming soon and would love to see you there.
Ready to upgrade your home with an investment that not only looks stylish but also saves you money? Look no further! From now until April 10, 2017, take advantage of spring savings with the Energy Smart Style Spring 2017 promotion from Hunter Douglas, the window treatment experts.
Design Resource & Fabrics is expertly poised to give you the advice and resources you need. Visit our showroom and browse through the many Hunter Douglas options. Tap into our knowledge about these fantastic products and how to best bring together style and function for your beautiful space.
Embrace Energy Efficiency
Windows are the perfect place to start when upgrading your home’s energy efficiency. Adding window coverings is an easy way to make a big impact on your monthly energy bill, now and for years to come. Whether you choose blinds, shades, or stylish drapery fabrics, adding window coverings drastically affects your home’s temperature, keeping it warm in winter and cool in summer.
Here are some ideas to maximize your window treatments’ energy savings:
In summer months, close draperies during the day to minimize solar heat gain.
In winter months, close draperies overnight to retain solar heat absorbed during daylight hours.
Hang two draperies together to create a tight, insulating space that keeps cold air next to the window and retains warm air inside the room.
Adjust blinds to reflect sunlight during summer months, significantly lowering unwanted heat gain.
Select honeycomb shades to trap heat and block drafts, day and night.
At Design Resource & Fabrics, we’ve got a knowledgeable staff of designers ready to help you along every step of the way as you embrace energy efficiency in your home. Save money now utilizing Hunter Douglas’s spring savings promotion and save money every day when you incorporate stylish, energy-efficient window coverings throughout your home. What are you waiting for? Give us a call today!
How boring would it be to walk into your home and there be no color—no pattern? Our home is a reflection of who we are and we shouldn’t be afraid to express it. Mixing colors and patterns in all areas of your home helps to create a space that is both livable and enjoyable.
The living room is one of the rooms in your home where your family and friends spend most of their time, so you want it to be warm and inviting. Your sofa is usually the largest piece of furniture in the room so you don’t want to choose a color or pattern that is too overwhelming. Using a neutral pattern and/or color for your sofa is the best way to “ground” your room and also to make sure you don’t get locked into a specific style or color.
Accent pillows on the sofa are a great way to bring in a variety of colors and patterns and they can easily be changed out when you are ready for a new look. Whether it be floral, stripes, or plaid, accent pillows can be combined in the right scale to add interest, color and personality. Mix it up by combining the soft lines of a floral, quatrefoil, scroll or paisley with the more geometric lines of a chevron, hounds tooth, or herringbone pattern.
Don’t be afraid! For a bigger impact, Ikats, damasks, and suzani patterns also work nicely together.
The team at Design Resource and Fabrics helps our clients to bring their rooms to life and fill it with their own personalities. With hundreds of in-stock fabrics and numerous fabric books, we know how to put together patterns and colors that will work for any style or look.
Transforming your space can be as easy as selecting the right window treatment. And yet, with more options than ever before, selecting the right window treatment for your space can be a completely overwhelming ordeal. How to choose window treatments can depend on what the function is that you are looking to achieve in your home.
When debating between blinds and drapes, it's important to think about both form and function. Consider any problems you need to resolve. Too much light? Saving energy? If you require light blocking protection, make sure the drapes or blinds you are considering provide those components. When choosing window coverings, whether it be blinds or drapes, you'll want to make sure you have carefully considered all of the following: color, fabric, type of hardware needed to install, and the shape and size of your windows.
All of these numerous options will play into the decision on how to choose window treatments. Blinds can be made from a variety of materials, including wood, composite materials, aluminum, leather or vinyl. Slats can vary from 1/2" all the way up to 3" and can be vertical or horizontal. They can be opened, closed and anywhere in between. Drapes, on the other hand, can add more of an elegant solution to windows and can also have a lengthening effect when placed slightly above the top of the window.
Fabrics for drapes come in an endless array of patterns, colors and options and can be custom made to fit any window. So, if you're trying to decide between blinds and drapes, consider whether you want a hard or a soft material and how important privacy and light blockage are to you. Choosing the right window coverings can make all the difference in your beautiful space.
At Design Resource and Fabrics we can guide you to what will be the best solution for your home. We carry the complete line of Hunter Douglas including blinds, shades, and shutters. If you are leaning towards the softer side, we have over 500 fabrics in stock that can transform your house into a home!