I’ve noticed a growing trend with the Western theme in interior design lately, but this isn’t your grandmother’s rustic country house.
The key is to incorporate it with contemporary themes for an eclectic mixture of interior design ideas. In typical Western-themed homes, it is not uncommon for items to seem a bit out of place. Things such as old shutters are hung like artwork, or a cowhide rug is paired with modern draperies. Western-themed rooms normally are filled with an abundance of vibrant colors and patterns on furniture, rugs and other accessories. It’s about balancing imperfection.
Here are some inspiring rooms that have combined western and modern themes:
1. Wood panel attic bedroom with orange rug and chandelier (Trublisschic)
To commemorate the pending natural disasters this week (First an earthquake, now a hurricane?! What’s next, east coast?!), here are a couple delicately- constructed homes designed to withstand mother nature’s fiercest battles:
Although it’s unclear at this point how hard New York will be hit, it’s better to be overprepared than under, so be sure to stock up on vitals like water, candles and batteries. (Remember, most of us have at some point and time spent plenty of hours unplugged. Imagine how the younger generations will survive if we lose power!)
If Hurricane Irene does become serious enough of a threat, protecting your windows and glass exterior is one of the most important things you can do to ensure your house will still be livable if we experience the worst. Once a window is broken, the wind blows rain and broken glass inside, completely wrecking the interior.
Although this is only upon expecting the absolute worse, it’s still valuable information to know just in case. When protecting your windows, don’t waste time with tape. It might keep glass from going everywhere if a large object flies through your window, but using storm shutters or plywood is worth much more in the end.
Hopefully, this will all be just F.Y.I., but keep track of the storm here, just in case! Stay dry, everyone!
Why wait until the last minute to decide on the perfect window treatment for your new home?
By deciding on a treatment before construction, you can focus on designing an interior for your rooms with furniture and accessories that compliment your window treatment instead of making you adjust your preference of treatment after the fact.
By measuring the windows before the house closes, you can have your windows ready and covered by the time you move in.
According to TBS Gallery, new homeowners have several choices to choose from, including “sheer curtains, layered draperies, blinds, shades and shutters.” As such, “The choice that one makes amongst these is largely dependent on the theme that one chooses for the home as a whole.”
So let Horizon help you decide on the perfect window treatment for your new home. Call us today at (212)-759-4111 or email us with any and all of your window treatment questions.
Multiple layered window treatments provide numerous benefits. You will save more energy easily. You even get to block out the light better, so that you can enjoy a peaceful, dark room when the mood fits. Although having a sweeping sheer drape can be nice from time to time, investing in shutters or blackout shades or other types of products can work well to give you warmth and added comfort. In addition, it creates a complete framing of the window. You get as much privacy as you want to have with this multiple layered look.
There are several options available to you. For example, you can invest in a solar shade, which is designed specifically to block out the light and to reduce the amount of heat that passes from the sun through the window of your home. That is a great option during the summer months when you want there to be less heat streaming in the windows.
You could work with roman shades that are on the top and side panels for each of the sides of the window, as well. Yet another solution is to use shutters at the bottom of the window itself. That will give you more privacy especially if you are located on the ground floor. Try a roman or balloon shade at the top of the window if you are interested in softening the look of the room and you want to have a complete framing of the window. This too gives you the added privacy that you are after.
As you can see, there are many possibilities to combine and many benefits when you choose a multiple layered window treatment instead of just a single one. Keep in mind that you can mix and match window treatments like this to get the look that you want and the privacy or energy efficiency you are after.
We’re going to start off the new blog with ideas on selecting new windows for new home developments. Everything new!
Windows stream in light. They provide beauty and natural light to any space. However, they can allow others to see into them. They can increase your energy costs, too. As you build your home, think about your windows and the window treatments you are likely to need. When it comes to building a home, you may not think about the actual concerns that have to do with window treatments, but this is one area where focusing a bit of attention can be incredibly helpful to the homeowner. Keep in mind that most people will not think about window treatments until after they have a window to deal with, which can be very limiting. Think about things such as how the window opens, its position and even what types of window treatments you can use on those windows once they are installed. Here is more.
One of the most common problems with new developments is that windows open inward. This causes a significant problem with the window treatments. If you can imagine, if the window opens inward, this causes any window treatment to be misaligned or even damaged. The result is that the window is not fully used.
A solution to this is to have the windows open to the outside. Window treatments can then be installed in the window frame without any concern. Even those who do not want to damage the window frame will find that this open outward option is an ideal solution to their problem. Sliding windows can be another ideal alternative to work well with any window treatment.
If this is not possible, then try to leave space above the window frame itself so that window treatments can be positioned at this point. A fixed pane may also be an option. If a window opens in, then leave at least five inches of space above it so that window treatments can be installed in that space.
Thinking ahead like this allows the window’s benefit to be fully realized.