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Earth Day Means Taking Care of the World

Earth Day is around the corner and as such, now is the perfect time for asking what we can do, as a company, to make this world a better place. Our customers often ask what options they can select from that offer beautiful décor but also can help to keep the environment safe. Even if you do not spend a lot of time on your own go green campaign, do consider your investment in window treatments as an opportunity to give something back.

Earth Day
Earth Day 2012 - courtesy of www.earthday2012.com

What Type of Fabric Is Best?

When you are selecting window treatments for your home or business, be sure to consider numerous options and materials. Curtains, for example, may be made of natural fabrics, manmade fabrics or recycled fabrics. Which one is the best option for those who want the best possible, environmentally friendly solution?

Eco-Fabrics from www.Duralee.com
  • If you want to choose between manmade and recycled products, the creation of both requires the same amount of supplies. However, the recycled products are better because they require fewer resources and therefore are a better option between the two.
  • Natural fabrics are a great option because they use materials easy for the environment to replenish. Cotton and silks do cost more but they often offer the best environmentally safe option.

    Natural Eco-Fabrics from www.Duralee.com
  • Keep in mind that the average person will move every five years. If you invest in quality drapery and window treatments now, you may be able to take them with you. That would be the best option for protecting the environment in total – not having to buy new ones at all.

    Eco Fabric Drapes & Cushions Image courtesy of Duralee.com
  • Materials that are Earth Day friendly come in a wide range of organic and natural fibers. Check out the options on Fabric.com to see just how amazing your selection can be.
  • Another way to look at the cost to the environment of your window treatments is the actual maintenance of them. For example, if you purchase products with manmade polyester in them, the material holds its shape better than cottons, which require more cleaning and ironing.

Top Fabric Choices

Our top fabric choices for you for Earth Day include the following:

  • Cotton remains one of the best – it’s easy to mold into virtually any look, though requires maintenance.
  • Hemp is beautiful and customizable into various types of drapery.
  • Bamboo fabrics are also beautiful and are replenished quickly in the environment.
Hemp Fabric image courtesy of www.picknatural.com

These green fabrics, as they are often called, may be just what you need for your Earth Day celebration. It really is a personal decision but the bottom line is – you can choose environmentally friendly materials and still have fabulous looking window treatments.

Valentine’s Day and Window Treatments – Tips for Creating a Romantic Bedroom

Valentines Day 14th February

With Valentine’s Day on its way, you may be looking for a few fun ways to add a bit of romance and elegance to your bedroom. Many people are not planning to spend a lot of money going out for this day but that does not mean you cannot make it a special evening. Why not consider doing a few special things in the bedroom.

Make The Night Memorable

You may be thinking about a new set of sheets and adding a few candles to the room. This is just the start. You need to look at paint, ambiance and overall feel for the whole evening.

  • Start with a pair of wispy sheer curtains. With a soft color, they will flutter in the breeze, creating a beautiful environment perfect for quiet attention. Do a fabric search at Duralee.com to find the perfect choice for your room. You can also do this at LeeJofa.com.You can add electric blinds to the mix.  Check out the electric blinds at Somfy Systems.

  • You should look at how you have the room laid out as well. Consider rearranging the room so that it feels more inviting and warm. Look at where you have lamps and candles placed to create a better feeling of love.
  • Look at the overall color scheme. Use warmer colors and smoother tones. Do not try to put too much into the room, but keep it simple and smooth along the edges. This will create a better flow and a more calming demeanor. Light, soft colors like pastels and pinks.

  • Look at the type of music you will have playing in the bedroom as well as the lighting that will be cast to set the mood. Whether it is natural light through the windows or if you will be using candles, consider the type of feeling it will create.
  • If you are planning to watch a romantic film wile in your room, make sure you can watch it from your bed and that the position of the TV does not interfere with the rest of the room. This will help to enhance the mood.

Once you have tied all of the aspects of the room together and you look at getting there following dinner you will have a better understanding of how it will all work and you can tie it all together.

Home Furnishing Fabric Trends

New York Fashion Week is coming up, which means a lot of blogs are buzzing about the textiles that will be trending this fall. But what about fabrics inside the home? There are trends in the interior design industry just as their are in regular fashion design. In fact, a lot of trends are transferring over between apparel and interior design. That’s right, the tweed coat you love so much has inspired designers for upholstery and draperies.This season is all about blending fibers, eco-friendly textiles, and bright pops of color.

Fiber blends are a current trend in contemporary home furnishing. Textile fibers are blended to create fabric with improved properties, feel and texture. Higher grades of fibers and yarns are being used, allowing more withstanding durability. This has turned outside spaces into an extension of the living area, bringing more indoor trends to the outdoors.

Eco-Friendly Fabrics, Interior Design Trends
Source: Design Sherpa

As they have for some time now, green textiles are still prevalent and impertinent. Renewable fabrics have become very important, and as a result, wool, linen, and silk materials have become more popular.

Leather wrapped table, interior design trends 2011
Source: Contract Leathers

Finishes that are eco-friendly, organic and non-toxic are often used. This year, leather is also making a huge presence in home decor.

Source: The Coaster Furniture
Tweed, Interior Design Trends 2011, Bedcover

Textures used in apparel are crossing over into interior design, such as nubs, slubs, bouclés/chenille, heavy tweed, and textured linen. The use of a variety of weaves and blends create fabric richness, and intricate jacquard patterns are also increasing in popularity .

Jacquard Weave Curtains, Interior Design Trends 2011
Source: Decorpad

New developments in yarns and finishes are creating fabrics with a super soft texture and hand. The use of rich metallic yarns and metallic highlights are being used to create surface interest, with hues of silver, gold, bronze, and copper.  Some of the important patterns include herringbone, hounds-tooth checks, and paisleys.

HGTV, Bright Color Accents, Interior Design Trends 2011
Source: HGTV

Color trends from apparel are also being transferred to interior design.  Bright Colors are becoming more popular thanks to home improvement shows on TV, where these colors show up better than subtle tones under the bright studio lights.  Inspiration for colors is also coming from the outdoors, with the use of citrus, neutrals, and autumn tones.  Color inspiration is becoming more trans-seasonal.


This Form of SPF is 100% Oil-Free –

Summer may be ending, but don’t think you need to stop worrying about sun exposure. You should be taking care of your skin year-long, even if you’re not one of those who ignore the unlimited warnings about over-exposure to the sun. It has become increasingly important to protect your skin. More people today are progressively aware of the damaging effects UV rays have on our skin. As a result, it’s becoming more and more common to find products other than just sunscreen with SPF added in. But there are products for your home that can save you money and spare the mess of lotions.

In collaboration with the ever-prominent green movement, fabrics are becoming more than just a decorative accent to your home. Sun-protective blinds and solar shades enhance your home, but are also very practical because they filter UV rays, depending of the fabric’s thickness and weave. Not only are you protected from the sun, your furniture will not be damaged, but your home will also generate

Solar Shades, Blinds, Window Treatments, Northside Piers, Sun Protection
Solar Shades at Northside Piers will protect the floor and furniture, and prevent an overheated room.

Consider  the following when selecting a sun-protective shade for your home:

– The denser the weave of the fabric, the more protection from the sun. Shades typically have a weave ranging from 1% to 10%

– Fabric material type distinguishes the UV filter – Materials like bamboo can block up to 98% of harmful UV radiation. Fabrics that are man-made, like polyester and Lycra, are also capable of filtering amount of light entering. Nylon, wool and silk are still good options, and cotton and hemp offer very little UV protection.

-The more dye used in the fabric; the more opaque, which blocks more UV rays. This is not the most eco-friendly product, since it is not made with natural, organic materials, but it is energy-efficient.

– Some companies use chemicals to soften the fabrics. These chemicals are also seen as colorless dyes, and these get imbedded in the fabric offering some UV protection.

With skin cancer rates on the rise, people are more aware of the damage the sun has on our skin, but it is equally harmful to the floors and furniture in our home. Environmentalists and scientists have warned us about the strength of the sun and its negative effects, but interior designers and architects have become just as conscious. Sales of sunscreen have soared over the past 10 years, and manufacturers are in increasing demand of products that function as energy-efficient.

Feature Friday: Corner Shop Cafe

Walk into Corner Shop Cafe, and you’re immediately welcomed into a warm and casual environment before the staff greets you with a friendly hello. The cafe is literally at the corner of Broadway and Bleeker in NoHo, and attracts a lot of NYU and shopper-traffic. The employees are hospitable and the selection of  food is great (lunch, dinner, weekend brunch), but the building itself  is also worth mentioning.

Corner Shop Cafe, NoHo, NYU, 643 Broadway, Broadway and Bleeker, New York City, Pinch Pleat, Curtains, Design, Building Decor
Corner Shop Cafe at 643 Broadway

The high ceilings are topped with pressed-tin and a brick wall is exposed, filling the room with a warm, antiquated feeling.  Chandeliers hang from the ceiling and intricate sconces branch out from the gray walls.  The hardwood floors  are stained to match the assorted chairs and tables scattered throughout the room.

Corner Shop Cafe, NoHo, NYU, 643 Broadway, Broadway and Bleeker, New York City, Pinch Pleat, Curtains, Design, Building Decor
Corner Shop Cafe at 643 Broadway

Horizon recently worked with Zeff Design to add a pop of color to the cafe by installing pinch pleat curtains in an orange and white floral pattern. The pattern is contemporary, but pairs well with the sconces and pattern on the pressed-tin.  The cream velvet trim on the end of the curtains gives them a clean finish and adds to the warm palate at Corner Shop Cafe.

Corner Shop Cafe, NoHo, NYU, 643 Broadway, Broadway and Bleeker, New York City, Pinch Pleat, Curtains, Design, Building Decor
Curtains at Corner Shop Cafe

The Importance of Sound-Dampening Curtains

Velvet Curtains in screening room Loft25

Do you or someone who lives in your home play a musical instrument or enjoy listening to music on a big, booming sound system? Then sound-dampening curtains might just be what you’ve been missing.

Made from thick Velour fabric or plastic, sound-dampening curtains are a practical way to reduce noise in homes where there are persons who play a musical instrument or sing.

According to HazelHut:

“Sound absorption matters more for a musician while practicing inside the practice room. If the curtains meant for sound dampening reflect the sound back to the room, their function will not be any different than walls.”

Sound-dampening curtains both block sound from the outside, but also absorb sound from the inside; thus eliminating unnecessary reverb for music being played inside the house while containing unwanted noise in a way that your roommates and neighbors will appreciate.

Contact us here at Horizon for all of your window treatment needs, including sound-dampening Velour curtains.

Fabric Book Giveaway

Updated 02/08/2011

Horizon Window Treatments has a vast collection of fabric books featuring current styles and fashion trends in our showrooms for clients to browse, but we also have a growing library of discontinued books and samples  stored, which we would like to offer to anyone interested in using them, preferably for creative recycling projects, rather than having to entirely dispose of them to make room for new fabric books.

One creative idea recycling old fabric books into easy to make puzzles for children:

We have fabric collections from Kravet, Duralee, Wesco, Carole, Fabricut, Phifer and other fabric houses. Our showroom doors are always open for designers and clients to browse through design samples and find the inspiration they need for creative window treatment ideas.

Free Fabric Books

If you are interested and in the New York City area, please contact Tom Vatury by email to find out how you can obtain some of these free  fabric books.

Tom Vatury – tomvatury[at]horizonyc.com

Showroom Locations:
Horizon West Side Showroom: 133 W 24th Street New York, NY 10011
Horizon East Side Showroom:- 252 East 50th New York, NY 10022

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Bedroom Window Ideas

Custom tie back curtains

If you are looking for great ideas for bedroom window treatments, there’s many directions you can take. Open bedroom windows can fill your room with a nice morning breeze and warm natural light. However, bedroom window treatments are needed to provide you with privacy, too. They also need to have the right style to fit your bedroom decor and help control energy efficiency. The good news is that there are many options available to you. Solutions include blackout shades, sheer curtains, blinds and many other drapery combinations.

Soft Sheer Luminettes with Light Control Vanes

Bedroom Wood Blinds


Some bedrooms have one large window in it. If that is what your bedroom has, then you need a large window treatment that is going to work well with the space. A good option for the bedroom is traditional drapery. You have the benefit of added material for privacy and energy efficiency. Drapery is often large enough for oversized windows, too. Another option for large windows is to layer with two curtains. One of these can be a solid option, to provide the privacy that you need while the other can be a sheer for nice daylighting.

Traditional drapery and sheer curtain combination

In bedrooms where you have more than one window or you have a smaller window, you also have options like roller blinds, solar shades, roman shades or drapery. You can even use a combination of these to get the look you are after.

Blackout Shades over a layer of Solar Screen Shades

Stylish orange gold sheer drapes for daylighting and blackout shades for full privacy

Also, consider blackout shades. There are several options on the market but all work the same way. These drapes block out nearly all of the sunlight, giving you a very dark room, ideal for getting good sleep at any time. Electric blackout shades are available that make it easier to control multiple window treatments. You can also choose a dual shade with one being a solar unit and the other being a blackout unit.

Multiple bedroom windows with electric shades and sheers

Choosing the right bedroom window treatment is essential to getting the right look for any bedroom space. A wide range of colors, patterns and fabric options help you to customize your bedroom style.

The Drape Not Draping?

Drapability, a word not commonly found in the dictionary, describes just how well a fabric is able to drape or hang and fold. What you may not realize is that fabrics are able to drape in different ways and this is particularly important for anyone who is choosing drapes for an area of their home. If you were to select polyester and cotton blends to be used on your sofa, for example, or even leather, you would not have a  problem getting these materials to fit well around the predefined shapes. However, if you try to drape them from a valance you could struggle to get anything that looks natural and flowing. There are solutions, though, such as thinner fabrics, using linens or even turning to silks.

Choosing the Right Drape Material

By taking the time to choose the right draping material, your window treatments will look just like you want them to. These tips will help.

  • Thinner fabrics tend to drape better as they are less restrictive in their structure.
  • Silk is one of the best choices for long, flowing drapes.
  • Linen also drapes well and it has been in use for years because of this ability.
  • Polyester does drape well, when properly cut and hung.

If you are unsure of how well a material will drape, pick it up and hold it above your head, allowing it to stream down your arm. This gives you an indication of just how well it folds or wraps. It takes only minutes to see what the drapability of any fabric is. Investing in the right type of material for the space completes the look, giving it an effective drape that helps the window treatments to work in the space. Before you buy drapes, consider the fabric and whether or not it is drapable in a way that enhances your space.

What Is Greenguard?

Greenguard LogoGreenguard, or the Greenguard Environmental Institute (GEI) as it is formally known, is an organization dedicated to protecting the health of people and improving quality of life specifically by reducing the amount of chemical exposure people have, especially when it comes to indoor air quality. The organization works to provide a third party certification program. When a company’s products are certified, this signals that the product meets specific emission standards in the home or in surroundings where humans are. Certification means that the products offered by the company are low emitting products. The organization itself establishes the criteria of what levels of control are necessary and they can be rigorous.

How does Greenguard affect window treatments? This is the perfect example of how this company works. When a manufacturer designs window treatments that are to be safer for the home, such as using fewer chemicals in the production process, Greenguard will take that product and perform tests on it. This allows the consumer to get a clear picture of what will happen when that product is placed within the home.

The process of producing most things, including window treatments, allows chemicals to enter into the material. These chemicals are then present in the home where they can be breathed in by humans. If a product passes the Greenguard certification, this means that the product is safe and meets the rigorous safety levels the organization has put into place.

For a healthier and safer home or work environment, look for window treatments that have the Greengaurd seal of approval. There are only a few manufacturers who have actually produced products that meet this need, though. One of the most popular of them is Hunter Douglas. Their products ensure that indoor air quality is maintained and the products are environmentally friendly. Hunter Douglas products, then, get the Greenguard Indoor Air Quality Certified marking on them.