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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.

Bold and Bright and Brave

What is it about decorating with color that sends home owners into a panic? Bold color decisions can be difficult, but remember, it’s not permanent! Using color at home can be intimidating but there are a few things to consider when using color in interior decorating projects. We asked a couple professionals in architecture, construction and design their opinion on color, and why it can be so scary to some.


Source: Vandamn Interiors

Some believe the intimidation behind color is for personal reasons. Jeffrey Driver, who is a designer and marketer from the UK, says that bold colors can be too dominating if not used correctly. Some may fear being stuck with a bright color they’re unhappy with, or having to repaint. Most are too busy to have to repaint and hiring a professional once is costly enough.

In addition to cost, Driver brings up another great point about seasonal effects on decorating.

“When do people usually redecorate? In my experience it seems to be spring or summer,” Driver explains. “I can imagine that the time of year plays a huge part in this. Depending where you live, at that time of year you want cool, fresh colors. You’re not thinking about warm colors for the winter months.”

Bright colors in the home can be overwhelming when you want to relax. Tom Kearney, President of Chicago-based residential construction company Building Dreams, believes it is not only the physical process of painting, but also selecting color that can be equally intimidating.

Solar shades and striped curtain panels


Kearney says a good compromise could be to paint just one wall of a room an accent color. This way it is a small commitment but also a small job. All the furniture doesn’t have to be moved out.

“Mistakes or misuse of colors are easily adjusted on this smaller scale,” Kearney says. “Most people will be so ‘wowed’ at their results, that they’ll continue with other colors in other rooms.”

Another great option is taking advantage of less permanent decorative accents in your home. Using bold curtains or roller shades with a pattern can feel a lot less of a commitment than paint. You could also switch up throw pillows or accessories for a splash of color.


Custom silk curtains in peach color

Pablo Maida, AIA is an architect in Los Angeles but he also does interiors on all of his projects. Maida believes that while color is one of the most difficult things to do well, trying to pick a nice white is equally challenging.

“There are hundreds of them,” Maida says.

Maida says strong color can really make a space sing, if done well.

“Every time I have suggested a bold move, either a color or a vibrant wall covering or both, it has been a challenge getting the client to trust me,” explains Maida. “In the end they usually are blown away, as are all their guests.”

Do you use color in your home?

Bathroom Break

It is your sanctuary- for such a small (or not-so-small) space, the bathroom is one of the most private places in the home, and the most utilized.  Spa-like, and also known as the “rest room”, it should be open, clean, and welcoming. Common looks for the bathroom are contemporary, natural, luxurious and traditional.

Custom sheer roman shade in bathroom

Smaller spaces can be overlooked, so it’s easy to forget about little details like window treatments in the bathroom. That is, until you realize your neighbors can see everything. It’s no secret that the primary purpose of window treatments is for privacy. But here are some inspiring bathrooms that are stylish too:

Relaxed roman shade in bathroom


Solar shades in bath



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Source: Architectural Digest


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Source: Apartment Therapy


Do you have a bathroom you’re just dying to show off? Send it to us here!

New Trade Show To Launch For Window Treatment Industry

According to Home Accents Today:

“The Window Coverings Association of America is hosting Inspire 2011, its first trade show and educational conference, which will be held at the Galt House Hotel in Louisville, Ky. from Sept. 7-10.”

The event is open to the public with exhibitor space currently available and there will be several workshops teaching everything from design, fabrication, and even business marketing.

HGTV design personality Sarah Richardson will also be on-hand to give the keynote address.

For more information on Inspire 2011, call (888) 298-9222 or visit the WCAA’s website at www.wcaa.org

Ideas for Kitchen Window Treatments

The kitchen is the heart of your home. Windows here can really open up the space and provide you with great light. However, having window coverings is important. For some homeowners, there is a need to have treatments for privacy. For others, energy efficiency is a reason to add treatments. However, considering the area of the home, there are certain things you need to think about such as if the window treatment is a good choice for cleanliness and for the aesthetic beauty, it offers. There are some outstanding options available to you.

Consider what you need first. If the kitchen in your home is adjacent to the dining room or other formal place, or the kitchen has a more formal look to it, the window treatments need to reflect this aspect. Also important is cleanliness. Since many windows are placed right above sinks, it is easy for everything from splashes to grease to get on them. You need a product that is easy to clean and maintain.

The good news is that there are a wide range of options to choose from. For your kitchen window treatments, consider solar shades to keep temperatures in control and to reduce the overall ability of others to see into the window when you do not want them to. You may want to consider silhouette shades or cellular shades too, since these are easy to maintain but do provide that formal, elegant look.

Kitchen window treatments are available in numerous styles and function options. You are sure to find a wide range of colors, styles and fabrics to select from so that you can personalize this space. You can enhance the look and function of your window when you select the proper kitchen window treatments for the space you have selected. This is a great way to change out the look of this space inexpensively, too.

16 West 21st Street

16 West 21 Street Curtains installed by Horizon Window Treatments.

It is always fantastic to get new opportunities, especially when they turn out as well as this one did. In February of 2010, we were asked to quote to furnish curtains for the models of 16 West 21st Street. It was only a construction site, with no name or identity what so ever at the time. Without a deadline and with a two-year stall on the project, there was no rush. Things changed when high profile designer Zac Posner was called to furnish the models and put his stamp on this building. That is when things got interesting for us, too.

The project got a big boost. The top 9th and 10 floors were designated to be the models. As a result, these floors would receive the best treatment from the floors to the walls.

Master Bedroom

In the master bedroom, the design called for curtains on all the walls. The designer, who is originally a fashion designer, wanted to achieve a look of a woman’s skirt – red on the outside and shiny lining on the inside- installed over the bed. We opted to use a flexible track installed in a half circle to create this look and the same pink sheer curtains on the windows.

16 West 21st Street with wall paper before curtains were installed
Sheer Curtain with curved track above bed

Guest Room with wall paper before curtains were installed



In the kitchen, the design called for a wall-to-wall valance that was to be arched over the windows symmetrically – only the kitchen was to be installed at the far right side and this prevented the continuation of the valance. The result was that the last arch is smaller than the first two. In this room, the curtains were to be installed floor to ceiling – outside the window frame and underneath the valance.

Kichen curtains and valance are ready

Kitchen is ready just before the party

Living Room

In the downstairs living room, the designer wished to install the curtains inside the window casement. The poles are installed inside the window frame since there is molding above the window that prevented any hardware being mounted there. The initial design of swags over the curtains was tossed and instead a purple knot at the top was in place. The 2-inch silver poles with matching rings help extenuate the appeal of the windows.

Living Room before curtains were installed


We tried with swags but then decided on something else
The End Result

Guest Bedroom

The Guest bedroom design called for the same idea as the master bedroom only with purple velvet and grey sheers. The sheers are much shorter than the drapes. In the before image one can see the two levels. At the bottom underneath the window, there is a heating radiator. Though we were unsure how it would play into the design due to the fact it was not there at the planning stage, we took steps to work around it. At the end, it was installed vertically and did not obstruct the curtains much.

Guest Room before curtains


Velvet curtains and grey sheers

After spending a lot of time on this rewarding project, we were thrilled with the final design. It received numerous compliments opening night.

For further information go to www.horizonyc.com