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Window Treatments/ Coverings for Close-Together Windows

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Choosing the ideal window treatments for your home can be challenging. With so many options, styles, patterns, and colors to choose from, it can be difficult to make the right decisions, especially when you’re searching for window coverings for unusual or unique windows like multiple small windows that are very close together or a Bay Window Configuration.

Well, while this type of design may seem daunting, there are almost unlimited options to control outside lighting and protect privacy while also creating an attractive look in any room of your home.

Don’t sweat finding the right shades if you need to cover multiple windows in a small space we’re here to help! And let’s not forget the all-encompassing beauty of Traversing Draperies.

Inside Mounts

Mounting shades inside window frames is a great solution for close-together windows that have their own separate frames, preferably with some wall space in between. It helps maintain a sleek, uniform appearance without the potential for overlapping that can occur with outside mounts. Of course, they can be fashionably coordinated in combination with outside mounted Draperies or Curtains, creating the popular Layered look.

Top Picks for This Look:

    • Cellular/Honeycomb Shades
    • Roller Shades
    • Natural Woven Shades
    • Plantation Shutters
    • Sheer Horizontals

One Large Shade

For windows that share a single frame or multiple side-by-side windows, an extra large or oversized window treatment will suffice and may be a little more economical as well.  Having a single shade also makes it easy to quickly control light and privacy in the room. You raise or lower using a single lift mechanism, with or without the ever convenience of slick motorization. (rather than multiple window treatments and lift systems).

Top Picks for This Application:

    • Roman Shades
    • Roller Shades
    • Cellular/ Honeycomb Shades
    • Custom Draperies     

Top Down Bottom Up Shades

Top down bottom up shades are among the most versatile window treatments on the market. They raise from the bottom like traditional shades, but they can also be pulled down from the top. That means you can enjoy ample sunlight while still protecting your family’s privacy and eliminating harsh glare.

Top Picks for This Look:

    • Cellular Shades                             
    • Pleated Shades
    • Natural Woven Shades

When choosing the perfect window treatments for your close-together windows, be sure to pay attention to the features and options you want including black-out linings. For many homeowners, this part of the process can be the most challenging. While we’re on the subject, be sure to ask about the availability and benefits of Free Cordless Operation

Have we helped you gain a new Solution for your Close Together Windows? If this is exactly what you were looking for, please contact Mary today to find the perfect window covering for your home!  407-970-6900.

By Mary Nolan, WFCP Master

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3 Designer Roller Shade Trends

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Roller shades are some of the most versatile, and also the most forgotten, window treatments on the market. Their simplicity and ease of use make them an ideal window treatment for a variety of situations. While their designs trend towards neutrals they can add elegance to any decorative window treatment (ie Draperies) in a subtle complementary way.

Trend #1: UV Protection

Here at Custom Window Fashions, we believe that, wherever possible, pieces for your home should be more than just beautiful, they should be functional as well. Roller shades are ideal for this, as their uncomplicated construction gives designers a lot of room for innovation.  Our designer roller shades offer operational ease and light control while providing protection from UV damage to your home or patio.

Trend #2: Energy Efficiency

Another hot trend is window treatments that they help you save money on your energy bills!

Now you can combine this incredible benefit with the simplicity of a roller shade. If you want true energy efficiency with unparalleled ease, then contact Custom Window Fashions soon.

Trend #3: Motorization

One of the biggest trends in all aspects of home design right now is home automation!.  Your custom window treatments can be an integral part of all of this excitement! With our motorized systems, you can easily control your roller shades with the press of a button. bringing them firmly into the twenty-first century while dazzling your friends and relatives!

Have these three trends helped you gain a new appreciation of designer roller shades? If they match what you’re hoping for, then please contact Mary today to find the perfect shades for your home!  407-970-6900.

By Mary Nolan, WFCP Master

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The Best Window Coverings for Business Offices

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Decorating your business office can be a little more difficult than decorating your home. When it’s your home, you have to think about your personal style and your budget. But when it comes to decorating a business office, there are a few other things you’ll want to consider, such as what are your priorities?

Lighting and Productivity

Let’s start by evaluating how lighting can affect your employees’ productivity. There are many factors to consider here, including the presence or absence of lighting, the need for different types of lighting in different situations, and the need for privacy in some cases.

Mood. Light affects our emotions in a variety of ways. Bright light, in particular, is shown to make people happier— letting in more bright, natural light during the day can make your workers feel more energetic, boosting productivity.

Vision. Window treatments are great for reducing glare, focusing the light, so it illuminates a workspace without getting into employees’ eyes is ideal.

Aesthetics and Branding

You should consider the aesthetic value of your window treatments. While it may not seem like your superficial choices can play a significant role in your business, you have to consider how your office appearance can affect perceptions of your brand.

Colors and materials. Once you’ve decided on a specific style, you can choose a particular material and color to match the mood of a room. For example, natural fiber shades would give your office a more relaxed feel while providing an air of elegance. You can also choose colors that match those of your company’s to increase brand consistency throughout the office.

Value. Different shades and curtains offer different levels of value, which may matter if you’re offering your services to a client. For example, if it’s clear you purchased your window treatments from a discount store, it may not reflect well on the image of your company. That isn’t to say you should choose the most expensive option either, but the perceived value of each window treatment option should be taken into consideration.

Durability. This is certainly one of the most important characteristics of Quality and a prime reason for justifying the cost. Lasting, flawless operation and enduring appeal are priceless. These shades are designed for extended daily use as you open and close them every day without fail.

Functionality and Options

The practical benefits and functionality of your window treatments should also be considered. You might think that all types of shades, curtains, and shutters have the same main options (open and shut), but different styles can offer radically different benefits.

Flexibility and adaptability. It’s best to select window treatment options that give you the greatest number of possibilities in the future. For example, using layered shades gives you multiple options, including pure natural light, slightly filtered light, and total obscurity for greater privacy.

The comfort of Automation. If you’re installing shades in a private office, consider motorized shades, which can be activated remotely. A busy executive doesn’t want to be interrupted from work to get up and adjust the curtains every time the sun changes positions in the sky. Plus, it’s impressive to prospective clients and new hires.

Energy savings. Many window treatments also offer energy-saving benefits. They might filter out more sunlight, or serve as an additional layer of insulation to maintain the office temperature. Either way, you’ll spend less on utilities to heat or cool the building.

407-970-6900

By Mary Nolan, WFCP Master

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The Benefits of Soft Sheer Shadings

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When you were choosing window treatments for your home, did you find yourself torn between hard window treatments such as blinds or shades and soft custom draperies or curtains? It’s a more common problem than you would think, particularly with the fantastic selection of both hard and soft window treatment choices. But we’ve got some fantastic news: you no longer have to compromise or struggle with indecision. We’ll help you decide by demonstrating suitable, attractive solutions compatible with your home’s decor! Although you certainly can benefit by combining custom draperies or decorative top treatments with your hard blinds or shades, there is also something that can allow you to have the best of both worlds: Soft Sheer Shadings.

Light Diffusion

Perhaps the greatest benefit to sheer shades is their alluring light diffusing properties along with a flexible degree of privacy. Rather than opaque blinds or shutters that block or alter incoming sunlight, sheer shadings actually filter the sun’s rays, creating an elegant naturally lit room safe from the harshness of Florida’s sun.

Get The Most Out Of Your View

One downside to most traditional window treatments is that to achieve light control, you usually have to compromise your view of the outside. For many of us, a magnificent view is one of the major reasons we purchased our home, so you want to make sure that you get as much out of it as possible. Soft sheer shades will ensure that you maximize your view!

 Operating Options

With sheer shadings, the vanes of the shades are sheer fabric panels throughout and provide as much or as little light control or privacy as you prefer. Their unique construction provides for an unprecedented level of light control without blocking your beautiful settings. Sheer shadings come in two shapes, horizontal and vertical, and in a full range of sizes (enabling coverage of any window). Contrary to what you may expect, the horizontal sheers (Viennas) are shaped like blinds and operate vertically. Vertical sheers (Luminettes) on the other hand are shaped like PVC verticals and operate horizontally. The striking difference is in the sheer material and the immediate sense of elegance. All styles can be motorized for remote control. No matter what you choose, above all, your new sheer shades will convey sophistication and appeal. Your visitors will be envious!

Seeing Is Believing

Have we piqued your interest that soft sheer shadings would be a great fit for your home?

Then call today for a FREE in-home consolation 407-970-6900. We look forward to meeting you!

By Mary Nolan, WFCP Master

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How Much Does It Cost To Install New Window Treatments?

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If you’re considering buying new window treatments for your home, you are probably wondering about the cost and how it fits into your home improvement budget. While most of us don’t have unlimited funds, we want to make the most of what we’ll be investing to gain the greatest improvement to our surroundings and quality of life.

The Importance of Quality

First, you should realize there is no substitution for quality- it always can be depended on and will outlast everything else. So think quality over quantity or lowest price- because normally these treatments should last several years, function flawlessly and remain attractive. It’s better to make a smart investment now, prioritizing options that you know will last and appeal to all who see what you have achieved.

    • Durability. This is certainly one of the most important characteristics of Quality and one of the prime reasons to justify the cost. Flawless operation and enduring appeal are priceless.  You may spend $1500 + on the ideal choice for your purpose and décor with the potential it may last 20 years! Otherwise, the alternative, save now- then spend again and again!
    • Important Benefits of Effective Window Treatments. These features must always be addressed and prioritized in your final decision. Privacy and Security, Light Control, Sun Protection (especially here in Florida), Energy Savings and always, Design Aesthetics– Eye-Catching Appeal! It’s a lot to consider if you’re doing it yourself. All of these must be factored into the final price of your window covering (with the exception of appeal).
    • Convenience and ease of control. Whether motivated by the sophistication or a difficult location of your window covering/ treatment, Motorization may be the preferred option. Your comfort is obvious but cost justification is another concern- probably around +$500 (DC) per opening or up to +$1000 (AC).  Many Shades today are available with a wonderful convenience that also provides Child and Pet Safety, namely Cordless Operation- no dangling strangling cords!-and it often is free for the asking!
    • Full-Service Provider. Unlike buying online or off a rack in a discount retail store where you’ll be responsible for the entire outcome, including install!  Window Treatment/Covering Specialists provide high-quality customer service personalized to your unique décor and preferences. You should expect to increase your budget for the expert advice, finished results and guarantees you will receive from these professionals. You can be sure they will resolve any issue to your satisfaction. These experts deliver spot-on design, precise measurements, perfect installation and a finished look that will exceed your expectations and wow all your visitors! Now, isn’t that worth it?

Average  Cost for Custom Window Treatments/ Coverings (installed)

According to national averages, new window coverings can range from $128 to $1463 per window depending on the treatment style and cost of materials.

    • Curtains and drapes. While being relatively easy to install, Draperies are always lined to protect the fabric and control the amount of light passing through. Don’t forget the cost of rods which can be stationary, mechanically traversing tracks or elegant decorative poles with matching drapery rings and beautiful finials on the ends. This set up can easily cost $1463 per window. Sliders will be proportionately more. (This price can be upwardly effected by Accessories included in the treatment – Top Valances/Cornices or Swags, beautiful layers of Sheers or if Motorized.)
    • Blinds and shades. There are so many shade types to meet any design preference you may like.: Honeycomb/Cellular(Light Filtering or Room Darkening)l;  PVC Vertical and Horizontal Blinds; Sheer Horizontals (Viennas); Sheer Verticals (Luminettes),  Soft Roman Shades of all sorts and Solar Roller Shades. These all break down into additional refinements as well.  Just ask us! Price wise, PVC Verticals and Faux Wood Blinds will be lowest, averaging $120/window. Cellular/ Honeycomb Shades: $345 / window; Sheer Horizontals/Viennas- $572/; Sheer Verticals /Luminettes- $780/;Designer Roman Shades(lined), cordless-$570/and Solar Rollers (Sheerweave) variable densities incl Valance-$320/. Solar Rollers are great for blocking the sun’s glare without losing the view and are especially appreciated when installed on oversized office or condo windows!
    • Plantation Shutters -interiorShutters are available in most any shape the most common being rectangular, just like your window, (with arches as well). We can accommodate special/ lever handles as on French Doors. Normally shutters have decorative frames around them but we can make them fit nicely insidea pre-framed windows as well. The most common louver is 3 1/2” deep but 2 ½ and 4 ½ are also available. You can open them with Traditional Tilt Bar or Hidden Clear View system. For added flexibility, you can open the top and bottom sections separately for more privacy or light control. Made from synthetic polymers, guaranteed not to warp chip or crack and is non-toxic! Average cost: $400 per window.

At Custom Window Fashions, we pride ourselves on offering the best of each category, with a wide range of window treatment options with top-notch customer service. Take a look at our drapes, our shades, or our other products, and you’ll quickly learn how we became one of the top window treatment providers in the industry. For your convenience and peace of mind, call Mary today for a Free In-Home Consultation.

407-970-6900

By Mary Nolan, WFCP Master

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Benefits of Custom Window Treatments in your Central Florida Home

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Sun Protection

A key benefit of any window treatment is protection. Whether you prefer shutters, shades, blinds, curtains/draperies or whatever, they all will protect your valuables from damaging sunlight. If your furniture, floor coverings, wall hangings or other accessories are exposed to the sunlight for an extended period, they’re likely to be harmed by the sun’s UV rays and will fade, discolor, warp or crack over time. By choosing the right window covering, you can prevent these costly misfortunes. A particular favorite around here in Central Florida are Solar Rollers Screen shades which block the sun’s glare without blocking your beautiful view! –Yes, it’s true.

Light control

Another primary reason for window treatments is that they help you to control the amount of light coming into your home. If you’d like to filter the light rays for a special effect, we can make it happen. If you’d rather have a subdued environment, we can use a room darkening treatment, covering your windows and fully reduce the light. You might even sleep peacefully during the daytime. But if you want natural light to do some work or just to enjoy a bright cheery atmosphere inside, you can open up the shades or draperies/ curtains as wide as you please! Let sun shine in!

Privacy & Security

Window treatments can most certainly provide privacy in your environment. By closing the shades, curtains or draperies you can cover the windows fully and prevent others from seeing into your property, whether inside or out. They’re also commonly installed in offices, where privacy is required. Security is a prevalent concern of all property owners especially when they’re away, anytime! By closing your draperies, curtains or shades, potential intruders can’t see in, which raises doubt and hopefully spurs them away to other targets, (e.g. your neighbors)

Energy saving

Most window treatments are good insulators. When it is really hot outside the covering on your windows will help keep the heat out and the cool air in…In the same way, during winter, the heat stays in and the cold stays out where it belongs. So you should be using less of the heating and cooling equipment, year after year – resulting in annual energy savings! (Go green!)

Design Aesthetics

As far as we’re concerned best benefit of using the right window treatments is to greatly enhance the visual appeal of your home! The choice is yours but you’ll not be alone. We’ll be right there to help you sift through all the important stuff and guide through the priorities. Together we’ll form a creative partnership to find the most appealing design and functional system that will make you happy and please your budget. It’s our belief that your design and finished look should reflect your personal taste and personality. Of course it should be compatible with your décor in every way, only better! Your highly valued opinion and feelings will be involved in every aspect of the design. We’ll certainly protect you from the any pitfalls lurking out there.

 A window treatment is much more than just a window covering. There are so many choices of treatments available to enhance the functionality and appeal of your windows. Some of the most common types of window treatments include Draperies, Curtains, Sheers, Shades, Shutters and Blinds.

Which one is best for you? Your Certified Master Decorator from Custom Window Fashions can help.

All these varieties are used for nearly the same purpose, to provide required privacy, light control, insulation and most importantly, add style to your room’s decor. You can either simply use one type of treatment or combine it with other styles to achieve the most pleasing effect.

Before choosing the type of window treatment, you must first understand exactly what your most important concerns are by order of priority- appearance- light control –privacy, insulation and so forth. Don’t be concerned, we’ll help you sort it all out. Custom Window Fashions offers FREE in-home consultations!

 By considering our reliable guidelines, you’ll be able to discover the perfect window treatments for your home’s décor! For your convenience and peace of mind, call Mary today for a Free In-Home Consultation- 407-970-6900

By Mary Nolan, WFCP Master

The benefits of window coverings are that they block harmful UV rays

In our next blog we’ll discuss choosing the style and application of window treatment for your windows.