Category Archive: Window Treatments

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5 Elegant Dining Room Window Treatments

Until you start decorating your first home, you may not realize just how important window treatments actually are. Not only do they provide you and your family with privacy, but they can completely transform the look of a space. For many people, the dining room is the hardest room to choose window treatments for. In some cases, this is because this area is the most formal and nothing seems quite right. In other situations, it’s because the room gets a lot of heavy use and the window treatments need to be both elegant and durable.

No matter why you’re struggling with dining room window design in your home, you are in the right place for some help. As you continue reading, you will learn about the five elegant dining room window treatment options, all of which could work for the upcoming holiday season when your dining room will probably see a lot of traffic! These include hard window treatments and soft window treatments, so no matter what your needs are, you will find ideas here.

  1. Draperies – Traditional draperies are the most commonly used dining room window treatment.  Depending on the length and fabric used to create curtains, they can be ultra-formal or extremely casual, making them ideal for all interior design styles. Draperies can be used alone or layered with other fabrics or blinds, affording you a multitude of ways to express yourself.
  2. Roman shades – Roman shades blur the line between soft window treatments and hard window treatments, making them a great choice for people who want structure without too many sharp angles. These shades can be custom made using just about any fabric. Homeowners who have formal dining spaces tend to gravitate toward raw silk and damask, while those who reside in more casual homes often select linen or cotton styles.
  3. Woven wood shades – Woven wood shades are a non-traditional window treatment option that can work well in nearly any style of home. Even if you’ve never considered these shades before, you might be surprised by how perfectly they fit into your dining room. These are typically made of natural reeds in browns or beiges. This means they blend in well with neutral decor and balance brighter-hued rooms.
  4. Shutters – Homeowners who choose shutters for their dining rooms are usually looking to add value to their houses. Like crown molding and other similar architectural features, shutters are a great way to increase the value of a home. Furthermore, shutters have a classic appearance that will never go out of style. Some historic homeowners even choose to source plantation shutters from the eras in which their homes were built!
  5. A layered look – If you are looking to add texture to your dining room, layering various window treatments is a great way to do so. If you are struggling to figure out what exactly you should layer to get your desired aesthetic, don’t hesitate to seek aid from an interior designer. You are really only limited by your imagination; multiple types of drapes can be layered with each other, Roman shades can be layered underneath of drapes, shutters can be placed over woven wood shades or any other combination that works in your room!

Hopefully, these ideas have given you the inspiration you need to finish your dining room window treatments before the holiday season officially arrives. Your friends and family members are sure to be impressed with whatever you decide to do! Contact American Wallpaper & Design for more information!


5 Popular Window Treatment Trends in 2018

With interior design, trends come and go each year creating new ways to express yourself and upgrade your home’s interior decor. Along with this annual changing of trends, window treatments are a part of your living space that seems to follow the trends that change yearly. With 2018 still fresh, here are five popular window treatment trends you will see in 2018.

The Natural Effect

With the world trying to go greener year after year, it is no surprise that organic materials for anything are “in.” This go green mentality has been overflowing into the interior design world and homeowners are embracing the organic trend. Ways to incorporate organic materials into your design is with your window treatments as materials for this aspect of your design are becoming more organic. With woven wood shades that are made from bamboo, grass, and other natural materials.

Patterned Fun

Homeowners are trying to show more of their personality within the interior design of their homes. One way to do this is that they are switching from solid colors to fun and exciting patterns. To liven up their windows, they are adding geometric shapes and other patterns for their window treatments. These patterns offer the opportunity for owners to get creative and have fun with their living space.

Natural Light 

The more your window treatment allows natural light to enter the room, rather than artificial light, the better especially in 2018. To do this, trying adding sheer fabrics to your treatment as they are perfect for achieving this look and goal of natural light to fill the room. Sheer fabrics allow soft light to enter the space while still maintaining privacy. What makes this fabric great for achieving this goal while allowing creativity to flow is that they come in a vast variety of colors.

Decorative Pieces

To help with personalizing a home, owners are opting for a more customized look for their homes than the boring store-bought stock window treatments. You want your home to show your personality and character and what better way to do so than with customizable aspects of your home. Some items that homeowners are using to customize their window treatments include:

  • Shells
  • Buttons
  • Beads
  • Custom Trim
  • Jeweled Pieces

The Layered Look

This year is all about adding layers when it comes to home decorating and your window treatments. Many homeowners are choosing to incorporate black-out shades behind the sheers of their treatment. What this does is that it creates depth to your space while also increasing the functionality of the products. A layered combination like this is perfect for areas of the home that need extra privacy such as bedrooms and bathrooms.

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6 Design Hacks To Improve Your Morning Routine

To those that call them selves morning people, congratulations as the 6 AM struggle of getting up in the morning is nothing to joke about. Mornings should be a great start to your day and not something that needs to be painful everyday. One thing that many people tend to look over when improving their morning habits is how their room is set up. Yes, interior design does play a role with your morning routine from hanging the right shades, to creating a functional closet. Here are some design tips to help elevate your morning routine.

Brighten Up The Room

When you hear “brighten up” you may automatically think lights, but we are referring to a different kind of bright. As interior designers, we are referring to bright colors to add to your room. Whether you paint your walls a sunny shade, add colorful wallpaper or add bold accents, the bright color will affect your mental and physical behavior in a positive way.

Prep Your Essentials

Having sleeping aides such as a glass of water, ear plugs, or a sleeping mask are all great things to have at your bedside. How about morning essentials? Eliminate the stress of ripping your room apart while trying to find your keys and wallet. Have everything by your bedside in a tray to eliminate morning stress. You may also want to add a plant or some flowers to help stimulate your senses in the morning or use an eye mask to help activate your eyes in he morning.

Rethink Your Wardrobe

For most people, the flow of the morning gets disrupted when clothing dilemmas come into play and cause a daily disruption. To fix this, consider doing some major remodeling of your closet to help your mornings flow more easily. Start by eliminating clutter then organize all the elements of your wardrobe. Try arranging clothing by color, season, or type of item. Once you do that, start picking out your outfit the night before and laying it out so you are all set in the morning.

Let The Light In

When it comes to wake up cues, there is no stronger wake up call than that of natural light. If you have shades covering the sun in the morning then you may have a hard time getting up in the morning. If you enjoy shades but still want to have productive mornings, try investing in motorized shades. Having this accessory is great as it can be controlled remotely and even be set on a timer to open and close at optimal times for you.

Set Up A Beverage & Breakfast Bar

Nothing is better than waking up to the great smell of freshly brewed coffee in the morning. The truth, is not many of us get to experience this luxury because of bad routines. Beat the lines and make your coffee or tea at home instead and while waiting for it to brew, make some breakfast. Set up an area where all your morning nutrients can live and is of easy access to you in the morning. Then the night before, set everything up for the next morning so getting everything ready is as easy as a push of a button.

Create a Cozy Nook or Meditation Zone

Sleeping in is wonderful but waking up at the last possible minute will set yourself up for a frantic and stressful day as you scurry to get ready. Instead of dealing with that, plan out ahead for a couple of personal moments. Getting up soon after your alarm goes off is important so set up a place in your home to relax before getting ready. Set up a beanbag or couch to enjoy your morning brew and reflect on the day before it starts.

All of these ideas are great ways to change your perspective on waking up in the morning so you can enjoy this time of the day. Call us for more information no interior design ideas and tips!

Prevent Fading With Window Treatments

If you have furniture, artwork, carpeting or flooring near a window you might see that their colors starting to fade. Fading could alter how a room looks as well as throwing off the entire interior design that was set up for that room. Just like with protecting your skin from the sun’s UV rays, your interior decor needs to be protected as well. To do this, try adding window treatments to your room to help prevent any fading of your belongings. Here are three window treatment options you can add to your room to protect our home against fading.

Sun Blocking Window Shades

Window shades are a great way to block the sun from getting into your home. In addition from blocking the light coming from the sun, shades are a great way to prevent heat from entering your room. What makes window shades so great is that they can be used for their functionality while still adding style to your interior design. As different shades come in different sizes, colors or patterns to add more character to your room while blocking the sun. According to the United States Department of Energy, medium colored fabric shades backed with white plastic lining can reduce solar heat by up to 33 percent.

If you would rather have shade without any plastic lining, there are window treatment options where there are shades with a lighter color on one side and a darker color on the reverse. These types of shades can be used year round as well as can serve a dual function. As light color will reflect light and heat in the summer, while in the winter the darker color will absorb heat.

Time Honored Window Blinds

Blinds are a great way to reduce solar heat as well as giving control over how much light and heat can be let in to a room. If you have reflective blinds, white in color, for your windows, you can reduce heat gain by 45 percent. With our partnership with Hunter Douglas, our customers can get the newest blinds on the market. With automated shades and blinds, you can protect your room from fading with the click of a button or put your shades on a schedule to let light and heat in at certain times of the day.

Decorative Curtains or Draperies

Drapes and curtains are a great accessory to add to your window treatment as they come in a wide variety of styles, fabrics, colors and designs. Not only will they help prevent fading of other pieces in your home, you can customize them to match the interior design of the room you will be placing them in. In order to create a tight seal, be sure to hang the drapes right up to the ceiling or from a cornice box and have them as close to the glass as possible. If you really want to have effective drapes for your window treatment then think about going with draperies that are lined. Linings not only help keep the heat during the winter and cool in the summer, but they also improve the how draperies hang.

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Interior Design Project In Rehoboth, MA

Leah, our designer, just finished a project in Rehoboth, MA. She did an amazing song on the interior design as well as the window treatments. This home was filled with large windows, just the way we like it, that were perfect for the designs we picked out for the customer. Below you can see the what the finished products look like.

If you would like our team to help design your home, contact us at anytime!

Why Choose Custom Window Treatments

“Can’t I just measure the window, go on-line and find a template to figure out what size panels I should purchase?” Yes, you can if you are satisfied with a cookie-cutter, one size fits all approach. Just as in clothing shopping, you generally look for clothing in a size that might fit you but often times alterations will go a long way!

Custom and templates just don’t go together. I have tried to use the templates on some sites. What I get for results is not what I would necessarily want hanging in my windows. Some fabrics and liners will be bulky and take up more of the window than you want covered when the curtains are opened to the sides. These templates don’t advise you how far on the sides you should install the panels or rods. The size of the window, the size of the room, the ceiling height and the placement of the furniture should all enter into the equation before deciding on the size of any window treatment.

Also, you should be mindful if you are planning to use any blinds, shades or shutters with the fabric treatments. You will want to know this before selecting rods and brackets to make sure that the projection of the fabric will not impede the functioning of the under-treatments.

If you have any questions on our custom interior design services as well as different wallpaper we offer, please contact us today!

The Many Styles of Roman Shades

twin blue roman shadesIf you have your heart set on a roman shade, there are few things that you should consider before having it made. I have worked with clients who show me a photo of a style they like. Sometimes it makes sense and sometimes it does not.

Knowing how you intend to use the shade is really important. Generally speaking, shades that are wider than 48” are not easy to use. If you are using a simple cord pull, a wide shade will not always go up evenly. And even with the pulley systems that are intended for large shades, the mechanisms are clunky and a pain to use. Pulling up shades with the pulley systems that are made just for this takes a lot of little pulling which is not fun.

Functional fabric shades are better for smaller windows. You can have the same effect of a roman shade on a large window if you make it into a valance that is set and tied off at a particular height. If you still need privacy, consider a nice under shade or blind.

A flat roman is a great look, but if you want to raise it everyday, just be aware that you most likely will have to adjust the fabric each time to get the folds to look good.

A semi-hobbled roman shade is a good option if you want to easily raise and lower it on a regular basis. If you are looking for room darkening, the semi-hobbled will let light in on the sides.

 European or soft drapery shades can be beautiful and elegant. They will also requite some adjusting if you intend to raise and lower them. They look great with side panels or functional drapes in conjunction to these shades.

 Austrian shades create a very formal look. They are best in a sheer fabric that is left down to cover the window all of the time.

Always remember that when you see a photo of a shade, the installer or designer has just spent a lot of time arranging and dressing the window for the photo!

If you have any questions about Roman Shades or interior design, please contact us today and we will help you as soon as possible!

What Comes First? Fabric or Style?

Is it best to select the fabric or the window style for the curtains or drapes first?

The answer is that they go hand in hand. But even before that, first, it is best to select a fabric and a style before you decide on a paint color for the walls. The paint can always be tinted to the fabric.

Sometimes you might find a fabric that you love and want a particular style for the soft treatment. Only an expert, or someone who understands fabrics, will know if the two parts will work well together. I have seen all too often that people might like a fabric which is somewhat heavy and stiff (either upholstery weight or linen-like) and they show me a photo of a drapery, soft treatment. That is not a good mixture and will not achieve the look that you are going for.

You might have to either change the fabric or alter the style of the treatment. It is best to figure this all out before you purchase the fabric and have it all fabricated. Take your time and ask the expert.

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Are All Drapery Liners The Same?

Are they all the same? Do I really need to use them?

These are questions that I have heard repeatedly throughout my career of designing window treatments. Liners play an exceedingly important role in the fabric window treatments. Unless the fabric is a sheer, they should always be lined. Even sheers, if they are made of linen, should have a sheer liner as well as they serve many purposes. When using natural fiber fabric such as linen and silk, the liner is essential in protecting the fabric from sun damage. I have seen cases where people have had sheer silk panels made and after a few years, they have shredded to pieces.

What a waste of money!

If you want a soft flowing look, you need a soft liner. Sometimes a simple sheer fabric works best for this look. If you are trying to achieve a look of a tailored panel, them a light weight roc-lon might be just what you need. It will provide a little extra weight to keep the panels hanging nicely. If you want a full, luxurious drapery, you will probably need a liner and an inter-liner. The inter-liner feels like a soft flannel and adds bulk to the fabric. It is especially nice with silk panels, but can add so much to other fabrics as well. So, don’t dismiss the liner!! You will be happy that you have selected the right one.

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How To Select Drapery Hardware

Oh, the rods, the hardware, the rings and the finials! The choices are huge and each decision can make or break the final results. There are inexpensive rods that can be purchased in home center, box stores and if you want your window to look “just ok” than that might work for you. But, if you want something special, the selection of the color, the material, the diameter, the shape of the rod and the rings should all be part of the equation. If you are ordering on-line from a so-called custom-made curtain site, I can tell you that what is offered in anything but custom. They show you a few styles in a few colors, but they are not usually very visually interesting or unusual. They in fact do not necessarily compliment the fabric or the style of your room. The nicer selections of hardware tend to be purchased a’la carte. Even for me, a seasoned drapery designer, it is sometimes challenging to put it all together. The finials are sold separately and individually as are the brackets and rings. For starters, consider the weight of the fabric and the size of the room when selecting the rod. The shape of the rings can add so much to the window treatment. There is a huge range of rods that vary greatly in quality and price. It does not have to be the most expensive to achieve your goal. But if you are already spending money on nice fabric treatments, a little extra on the hardware goes a long way. Many other designers rely on me to assist them in finding the rods and hardware. So, ask your expert and get something that is really nice, functional and will withstand the task of time!

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