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Window Treatment Tips and Tricks

We’ve been making custom window treatments since 1951—and in that time, we’ve learned a thing or two. Here are some recommendations to help you navigate your choices and pick the right options for your space.



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Design Advice

Wood Blinds: Real Wood VS. Faux Wood

Three large windows are covered with light brown real wood blinds with contrasting black fabric tape behind a large modern dining room table.

Explore the key differences between real wood blinds and faux wood blinds.

What you’ll learn...

  • What makes real wood so beautiful
  • When faux wood makes more sense
  • Features and options available
Window Covering Basics

Everything you need to know about blackout shades

Black cellular blackout shades partially cover the windows in a light grey and white bedroom.

Let’s go through some of the most commonly asked questions about blackout shades.

What you’ll learn...

  • Will blackout shades make my room pitch black?
  • How dark will blackout shades make my room?
  • What are the most popular blackout shades?
Design Advice

CORDLESS BLINDS & SHADES — EASIER & SAFER

A modern dining room in grey tones features modern zebra style Cascade sheer shades in alternating bands of grey and transparent fabric.

Cordless is a much sought after option many people look for in today’s window treatments.

What you’ll learn...

  • Advantages of cordless
  • Safety features
  • How they operate
design advice

BEST WINDOW COVERINGS FOR YOUR BEACH HOUSE

A tan roman shade is paired with sheer drapes in a living room with a modern beach vibe.

Depending on your decor, there are a number of products that are available to suit your needs. This article will concentrate on three specific styles of interior decor.

What you’ll learn...

  • Four Styles for a Naturally Inspired Look
  • Four Contemporary Styles for the More Modern Beach House
  • Three Great Styles for the Classic Beach House
Design Advice

ARE VERTICAL BLINDS OUTDATED?

Grey fabric vertical blinds allow light to filter through their material and are halfway closed on a very large window in a contemporary bedroom.

A common question many people ask is “Do people actually still buy vertical blinds?”

What you’ll learn...

  • Are vertical blinds still relevant?
  • Where do vertical blinds work best?
  • Light control options
Window Covering Basics

HOW TO DRESS YOUR SLIDING GLASS DOOR

Interior shutters in the open position cover a sliding glass door in an open living room.

What window treatment options are there for sliding glass doors?

What you’ll learn...

  • Options other than vertical blinds
  • Benefits and considerations by type
  • Do sliding glass doors require a window treatment that opens left to right?
Design Advice

CHOOSING THE RIGHT WOOD TONES

A modern kitchen features dark real wood blinds paired with white countertops and walls.

The presence of wood in a space will incorporate natural beauty but is it ok to mix wood finishes in the same room?

What you’ll learn...

  • Ways to keep the colors uniform
  • Common color combinations
  • Size of space considerations
Design Advice

WHY YOU NEED MOTORIZED BLINDS & SHADES

Un salon contemporain comptant cinq hautes de fenêtres étroites, situées côte-à-côte et enjolivées avec des stores opaques beiges.

Sometimes motorized isn’t just a trendy extra, but the best option.

What you'll learn…

  • Increase access to hard-to-reach windows
  • Benefits for anyone with limited mobility
  • Working with room layouts
window covering basics

OPEN CONCEPT – SHOULD I USE THE SAME WINDOW TREATMENTS THROUGHOUT MY HOME?

Kitchen and adjacent dining room with feature roller shades in white.

You can choose the same window treatment within the shared space, or you might prefer similar colors and fabrics.

What you’ll learn...

  • The same window treatment can go on all your windows
  • Why coordination is still important
  • Options for location & size of the window

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