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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.

Tragic Recall of Roman Shades Continues

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has expanded its original voluntary recall of Roman Shades and Roll-Up Blinds announced in December 2009 to now additionally include 495,000 roman shades and 28,500 roller blinds imported by Hanover Direct Inc., which is cooperating with this recall.

For full details please read the official press release from the USCPSC :

This new recall is due to the unfortunate report of a 22 month old boy from Cedar Falls, Iowa, who was found hanging by his neck from the outer pull cords of a Roman Shade in May 2010. His father had managed to rescue him, but the child tragically died at the hospital.

Consumers are being urged to immediately stop using all Roman Shades with inner cords, all Roll-Up Blinds, and all Roller Blinds that do not have a tension device, and contact the Window Covering Safety Council at (800) 506-4636 anytime for free repair kits or visit www.windowcoverings.org. Consumers who have roller blinds with a tension device should make sure the tension device is attached to the continuous loop bead chain or continuous loop pull cord and is installed into the wall or floor.

Examine all shades and blinds in your home, if you live with or take care of children. Make sure there are no accessible cords on the front, side or back of the product. CPSC recommends the use of cordless window coverings in all homes where children live or visit.


The Window Covering Manufacturer’s Association has also recently announced that it has opened the revision process for WCMA A100.1; 2nd Provisional American National Standard for Safety of Corded Window Covering Products in an effort to improve safety standards for window coverings.

View the original press release from WCMA

New Products on the Horizon from Somfy

We’ve rounded up a few products recently announced by Somfy Systems as additions to their product line for automated window treatments.

The Sonesse® 40:

Somfy will soon have a new addition to the Sonesse® family of motors- Sonesse® 40.  The Sonesse® 40 is a quiet (less than 50DB), robust solution for any indoor compact application such as roller shades, roman shades, wood blinds and projection screens. The new motor has Radio Technology Somfy® (RTS) built in, is 120V AC and has electronic and progressive adjustment limits.  Its torque ranges are 4Nm/36rpm, 6Nm/24rpm and 9Nm/16 rpm.

The Altus 40 Motor:

Motor with integrated radio control. A multi-purpose unit to motorise a host of smaller products (roller shutters, awnings, vertical blinds, etc.). Can be pre-programmed with “my” favourite position.

Heater with RTS Receiver:

Somfy is developing an upgrade to the Heater with RTS Receiver. The new dimming feature will allow consumers to control the intensity of the heat that is emanated. Users will be able to choose from three different heat settings and program a “favorite” heat setting. The New RTS Heater is expected to become available during the f irst quarter of 2011.

We’ll continue to cover and update about new and upcoming products and features from the window treatment world

Types of Roman Shades

Flat Roman Shades

Have you seen the numerous types of roman shades on the market? Consider options such as Austrian shades, balloon shades, tear drop shades, sheer roman shades and flat roman shades. There are some excellent choices, which allow you to better customize the look of any room in your home. Take the time to choose the right roman shades for the type of window you have that matches it in style, shape and size ideally. Consider the following tips before you invest in roman shades for your home and your windows.


Consider the following types of roman shades and how you can use them within your home:


  • Austrian Shade: This is the older style, what you might consider the original style of roman shades. Ideal for the squared window, these shades are personalized in pattern and color to match your needs.
  • Balloon Shades: More lavish and “rich” looking, this option is ideal for a room where high-end style is important. It works well with various shapes of windows and is best when customized.
  • Flat Roman: As their name implies, these roman shades are flatter and offer a more modern look. They work well in most spaces and are tailored to fit the window.
  • Tear Drop Roman Shades: The teardrop shade is a bit more specialized. Use it where you have a unique shape or you want to make a statement.
  • Sheer Roman: As the name implies, this type of shade is constructed out of a sheer fabric, which allows light to penetrate through easily.

With so many options, you can choose the right roman shade for virtually any room of the home. Take the time to consider the most constructed looks for a modern, clean look and the less constructed for an older style.