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.


By Mary Nolan, WFCP Master


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


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.


By Mary Nolan, WFCP Master