Window coverings are a staple of home decorating no matter the room. Windows in bedrooms, kitchens, living rooms, dining rooms, and baths would not be complete or enhance the interior of your home without coverings. Blinds, shades, drapes, and curtains are only the beginning of the choices for your window coverings in Detroit. As part of a home remodel, window replacement, or as a stand alone home improvement project, careful planning and a few smart decisions can breathe new life into your home.
Detroit Window Coverings: Blinds and Shades
These two window coverings distinguish themselves by filling space inside your window opening. Few homeowners need any education about the basic look and design of these window coverings. Most are even aware that blinds, especially vertical blinds, have been one of the most popular window coverings in recent years. Just make sure you don't settle too quickly, before you've had a chance to fully consider what's out there. Decorative window shades and films, for example, won't be right for every room in your house, but they do offer a distinct, personal, and bold statement for some areas of the home. Likewise, simple blinds may not be good for bedrooms where you're likely to want, at times, total blocking of sunlight. Keep in mind, too, that smart window covering installation will enhance the look of your home and increase its energy efficiency.
Detroit Window Coverings: Drapes and Curtains
These window coverings are great for softer looks and textures. They've fallen out of vogue (but not out of style) largely due to modern homeowners whose fast-paced lifestyle demands lower home maintenance demands. Fabric drapes and curtains do need to be cleaned periodically. On the other hand, they also tend to have more reliable hardware for less. The design of modern window blinds have made leaps and bounds toward improving the old pull strings that tend to fail after a number of years, but this high-end hardware also tends to be a bit more expensive. Drapes and curtains tend to do just fine with a simple curtain rod, although this also limits your options when it comes to partially filtering sunlight from a room.
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Detroit Window Covering Installation
Part of this window covering hardware discussion is also intimately tied to installation. Few homeowners need professional help installing basic curtains or drapes. Even if you have trouble with it yourself, generally a charitable neighbor can help out. That said, ServiceMagic can put you in touch with a local Detroit handyman who can install your window coverings and take care of other odd jobs around the house. Some window coverings, however, though rarely impossible for handy DIYers, are certainly more complicated than your basic curtain rod. Some shutter/blind hybrids, for example, while a great and innovative window covering, may need some expertise to properly install. Automatic and/or programmable window coverings that can truly maximize energy-efficiency by automating when sunlight enters the home, along with making opening and closing your window coverings as simple as pressing a button, often require professional installation.
Hiring a Detroit Interior Designer
As we try to repeatedly tell homeowners, interior designers do a lot more than pick out colors and patterns. While they can certainly help you with a decorating style and "tying rooms together," often their biggest value is the base of knowledge they bring about different window covering options, what tends to look best with various and oddly shaped or sized windows, and careful, comprehensive planning, much of which can be done by only a few hours of consultation. Whether you're indecisive, it's been a while since you've though about window coverings, or if decorating simply isn't your thing, hiring a Detroit interior designer can be the single best thing you do for your windows.