Ask the Experts: Window Treatments

 

Ask Boutin1Rosalie Boutin
Swags Window Decorating
207 363-2009



How do window treatments affect a room’s design?
Window treatments can be the wow factor in the room, or they can be quietly subtle by softening the space, deadening the sound, and giving a finished look to the space. Either way, they should be designed and installed with function in mind first: giving privacy, cutting glare on a television screen, adding insulation, or adding that pop of color and interest.

What eco-friendly options are available in window treatments?
Fabric suppliers are slowly coming out with eco-friendly fabrics, offering linens, cottons, and fabrics made from flax, which are organically grown and processed with biodegradable inks to be free of allergens, carcinogens, and toxic chemical residues. Kravet offers a green collection, featuring recycled polyester. Hunter Douglas meets stringent guidelines to reduce chemical emissions and improve indoor air quality.

What are the current trends in window treatments?
Casual and coastal themes are always popular, being so close to the water as we are. But old-world charm and ethnic prints and geometrics in fabrics such as ikats are growing strong. The popular spa blue/green colors are deepening toward teals, and purples and corals are becoming more versatile.

What is your best tip for choosing the right window treatment?
Choose a treatment that works functionally first: solve privacy and light control issues with the design, then move on to pattern and color. Go with something you love, be it muted or bright; make sure it’s in your comfort zone—you’ll want to enjoy it for years to come!

 Ask Dutton1

Ralph Dutton
Exeter Decorating Center
603 778-7540


How do window treatments affect a room’s design?
Window treatments can affect a room’s design in numerous ways. Some add color, pattern, texture, or height or depth to the room. Others make a room look larger, cozier, formal, casual, gender or age specific, and on and on. Many times window treatments will address multiple design aspects. The options are limitless.

What eco-friendly options are available in window treatments?
There are many eco-friendly options available in window treatment materials, from sea grass valances to numerous shade materials that are natural and renewable products such as wood, rush, reed, bamboo, sisal, and grasses. To some, “eco” means energy efficient, and there is a whole array of energy-efficient window treatment products available.

What are the current trends in window treatments?Current window treatment trends include eco-friendly and energy-efficient products and window treatments with motorized or multi-functional movement. Plantation shutters, wood blinds, and window treatments that have clean, crisp lines using textures or patterns are among the most sought-after products.

What is your best tip for choosing the right window treatment?
First decide the room’s purpose and the functional needs of the window treatment, then blend it with a complementing style and material.

 Ask Hopkins1

Ed Hopkins
Exciting Windows!
603 964-7282




How do window treatments affect a room’s design?
Window treatments can be decorative and/or functional. Fabric treatments add softness and dampen sound as well as provide privacy, light control, and insulation. Shutters are probably the most functional treatment in that they are beautiful as they are but allow light control and levels of privacy. There are a number of new blinds and shades on the market that are quite beautiful and functional.

What eco-friendly options are available in window treatments?First we need to define “eco-friendly.” We have grass cloth shades that are 100 percent natural, but they are woven in Sri Lanka—is that eco-friendly? Better options in my opinion are natural fabrics woven here in the United States, or hardwood shutters fabricated here from renewable sources and finished with water-based lacquers.

What are the current trends in window treatments?
One of the hottest trends is quite surprising: roller shades. Fabrics with beautiful designs, woven grasses, and screen shades are all popular. Screen shades diminish glare and harmful ultraviolet rays while allowing the view to remain. New child-safe mechanisms have added to their popularity. Draperies and other soft treatments are back in demand, and plantation shutters are still strong.

What is your best tip for choosing the right window treatment?
First, you need to ask yourself why you are covering the windows. Are you looking to decorate the room, create softness, or accent your furnishings? Are you interested in light control or insulation? Is privacy your primary concern? Your answers will narrow down the options and give you a direction. Then you can incorporate your style and color, creating a balanced space that reflects you.

 Ask Jenkins1

Lorayne P. Jenkins
Inside Outlook LLC
603 528-2821


How do window treatments affect a room’s design?
Window treatments complete the room. They express our clients’ taste and inner personal thoughts and personality by the style they choose. Window treatments bring the colors of the room together by the choice of pattern and texture of the fabric. Thus, in turn, the window treatment brings depth and reflects light.

What eco-friendly options are available in window treatments?
For soft treatments, bamboo fabrics are available in a wide array of patterns and colors. The bamboo plant has a life span of 120 years, is the fastest growing plant, and has a higher tensile strength than steel—so, if you use this fabric, please love your colors and window treatment design! Natural fabrics such as linen and cotton are great choices.

What are the current trends in window treatments?
The trend is toward contemporary and sleek—single-panel treatments in either a pleated drape, with headers such as single tack on top, grommets, and Ripplefold; or cordless fabric treatments. Colors and patterns are bold—wild, sharp colors (lime green, purple, chartreuse) and strong patterns (geometric prints, large flower prints, and textures.) Gray remains the neutral.

What is your best tip for choosing the right window treatment?
Form follows function. Do I want privacy, insulation factor, to keep light in the room, to bring the whole house together, and still be able to expresses my individuality with a beautiful look? What do I want? Make that decision first and the rest will follow. There are so many fabrics and styles to choose from, your mind and tastes are your palette.

 Ask Markie1

Marcia M. Markie
The Curtain Shop Inc.
603 778-7686


How do window treatments affect a room’s design?Window treatments affect a room’s design by creating warmth, color, texture, and character to complete a room. Window treatments are the finishing touch of a room’s design.

What eco-friendly options are available in window treatments?
Eco-friendly options available in window treatments include insulating cellular shades and roman shades to name a few that provide energy-saving features. Solar shades are an excellent option, reducing the amount of solar heat that passes through a window. If a softer treatment is desired, natural drapery fabrics are also on the rise.

What are the current trends in window treatments?
Popular choices in current window treatments are exposed wood grain blinds, natural woven shades, and decorative rods with drapery panels. Keep it simple and minimal with an emphasis on crisp, clean lines.

What is your best tip for choosing the right window treatment?
Best tip for choosing the right window treatment would be to consider your personal needs in the room. Privacy? Energy efficiency? Acoustics? Color? Those questions would be important to ask before choosing your treatment.

 Ask Rockwell1

Andrew Rockwell
Exeter Handkerchief Co.
603 778-8564

How do window treatments affect a room’s design?
Fabric furnishings, like window treatments, are usually one of the primary ways to create a room’s overall mood and soften the room’s architectural details. To give your room a more cohesive design, bring some of the pattern, color, or texture from the windows onto another surface in the room.

What eco-friendly options are available in window treatments?
Eco-friendly fabrics for windows and furniture do exist, including hemp, organic cotton, and bamboo. Generally, eco-friendly fabrics are more expensive and their market share and selection is small. We can also reduce our carbon footprint by recycling curtains or insulating new ones.

What are the current trends in window treatments?
Bigger and bolder seems to be an overwhelming fabric trend. The vibrant ikat designs are the best example. Emerald (think Wizard of Oz was Pantone’s pick for 2013 “Color of the Year.” Organic- and natural-looking fabrics with texture are still very strong to complement the clean and simple overall design trend in home furnishings.

What is your best tip for choosing the right window treatment?
For successful window treatments, mount rods or valances higher and wider. The ability to create window furnishings in the right proportion and to maintain as much natural light as possible cannot be understated. Finding the right style of window for your home is a lot easier when you’ve seen something that you want to emulate. Take advantage of show houses, print media, and online resources.

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