One of the main reasons that people keep window solutions that they’ve outgrown or that no longer properly reflect their style is feeling overwhelmed to select something new. There’s no need to be overwhelmed. By having a checklist of do’s and don’ts when navigating the world of window treatments, you’ll see how easy it is to transform your favorite spaces and enjoy your home.
Do: Prioritize safety
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, from 1990-2015 in the United States, over 16,000 kids under the age of 6 were injured by window blinds. Although more than 93% of the kids were treated and released, it is important to prioritize safety if you have young children and pets in your home. Many styles of window solutions can be motorized, removing the need for dangling cords. Current window solutions can even be retrofitted with motorization, making existing window treatments safe.
Don’t: Forget to consider energy efficiency
Annually, the Department of Energy estimates that homes in the United States lose up to 40% of annual cooling and heating costs due to air leakage through windows. This is a big blow in the form of higher monthly energy bills. Although aesthetics are important when selecting window solutions, it is essential to consider treatments that will improve your home’s energy efficiency by preventing air from getting out. Options like shutters, Roman shades and cellular shades are choices that can help keep your energy costs down.
Do: Consider the uniqueness of each room
Every room has its own requirements and needs. For rooms like the kitchen, bathroom and laundry room, humidity plays a role so a selection like composite shutters that can withstand moisture are a great choice. For bedrooms or nurseries, darkening shades help filter out light and will help ensure a good night’s rest.
Don’t: Forget to incorporate color
You know how important the colors in your room are, including paint and trim colors. Keep this in mind when picking the colors of window treatments. There are many ways to work with the colors that are in your rooms like matching blinds to the color of your walls or picking the color of window treatments that will compliment your flooring or furniture.
Do: Visualize what treatments will look like in your home
Picking out a window treatment in a store is one way to shop but it is not the optimal way to find the right choice for you. Having the opportunity to take into consideration your personal style as well as the existing elements in your home including artwork, wall colors, flooring and furnishings gives you the chance to try out colors, patterns and styles to decide which works best. There’s no substitute for seeing the actual products in your home environment prior to ordering them.
That’s why Budget Blinds of Greenwich brings the showroom to you. Our expert designers will assess your space, understand your needs for privacy and natural light and collaborate with you to explore your best options in window solutions. Call (203) 580-3362 to schedule your free consultation and let Budget Blinds show you the possibilities!