Working from home became a reality in almost an instant, with coronavirus spreading around the globe disrupting the traditional workplace. It caught many by surprise and consequently, many businesses that had dismissed working from home in the past are now re-thinking ways to adopt it long term. Many of us that only occasionally worked at home (at the dining room table or sofa) are figuring out how to set up and decorate dedicated home offices for maximum comfort, creativity and productivity.
Serving both form and function, window treatments are a necessary addition to home offices and can make all the difference when it comes to designing a space in which you can concentrate and feel motivated. There are lots of choices when it comes to window treatments for your office, here are a few suggestions to make your home office the very best it can be.
Wood (real or faux) blinds
Wood blinds bring a touch of elegance, beauty, and timelessness to any room, including your home office. In addition to being inexpensive, these blinds are also highly durable and are resistant to fading, cracking, and warping. Choose from a variety of stains and colors. Faux wood blinds are embossed for a traditional wood grain appearance. You can also choose brighter stains and colors
To make a bold and stylish impact on your home office, consider combining an on-trend moody paint scheme with a bright, contrasting blind. Or go with traditional wood stains for a classic look. With 2 or 2 ½” slats, these blinds can be opened for extra-wide views of your office’s outdoor area, but when closed, they are highly effective at protecting your privacy.
WOVEN WOOD SHADES
Woven Wood Shades perfectly complement both high-end office décor and a more casual, trendy look. Should you desire privacy and/or protection from from the sun's UV rays, light filtering or blackout liner options can be placed behind the reed or bamboo shading. The range of patterns, textures, and pricing for these products is quite extensive.
Having natural sunlight in your office can be a great way to energize yourself and feel invigorated, but it’s not always welcome throughout the day. The sun’s rays can create distracting glares on your computer screen, fade and damage furniture and décor, increase the ambient temperature in your office, and even damage your skin. Our solar or fabric roller shades are a stylish and modern clean lined option for blocking out the sun’s harmful rays and increasing your privacy when you need it. Available in many colors and patterns, these shades will be sure to match your decor and at a price friendly to the budget.
If you’re looking to make your windows the focal point of your office, look no further than Plantation Shutters. These bold window coverings bring elegance and a traditional feel to your office’s décor. Choose from composite white shutters which look and feel like real wood at a lower price point, or real wood in beautiful deep stains if you’re looking for a more bold statement.
Choose narrow slats with a tilt rod for a traditional look whereas wider slats and a hidden tilt rod will look more contemporary, and let in more light.
Flat Roman shades are perfect for any design style. Coordinate modern and creative patterns to complement and update your office decor. Roman shades are a beautiful window treatment that add softness to your office. A more budget friendly alternative to curtains (the need for less fabric) Roman shades offer an easy way to introduce colorful fabrics and texture into a space.
Cellular honeycomb shades
Cellular (Honeycomb) Shades are superior insulators. They are the most energy efficient window covering available on the market. Their honeycomb shape traps air inside, keeping a room cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter, lowering your energy bills and making your home office much more comfortable. Cellular honeycomb shades also have excellent light filtering capability to reduce glare yet still allow plenty of light into your office.
Although it may seem like a small touch, having the perfect blinds or shades to complement your office décor and maximize your control over lighting, privacy, insulation, and glare can go a long way towards making you more comfortable throughout the work day. Here at LC Window Treatments we can help you choose the perfect window treatment for your home office space. Give us a call today at 628-400-1665 for a free consultation!
Prolong the life of your window treatments by properly cleaning and caring for them. Your custom window treatments from LC Window Treatments are designed to require minimal care, however regular upkeep is still necessary. Proper cleaning and care depends on the fabrics and construction of your window treatment. Check out our tips!
Safe Ways to Clean Your Window Treatments
When cleaning the actual window, spray glass cleaner directly on the cloth rather than the window to prevent cleaning chemicals from damaging your window treatment.
Wood or Composite Blinds and Shutters
Wipe down composite wood window treatments with dryer sheets to reduce static cling and repel dust. We do not recommend using any chemical or ultrasonic cleaning solvents as they may damage the product. When cleaning composite shutters, use a mild soap on a damp rag and allow them to air dry. To clean real wood shutters, treat them like any stained wood furniture. Never use water or harsh chemical cleaners. To remove dust, swipe the louvers clean with a swifter or microfiber cloth or the brush attachment of your vacuum.
Fabric Shades need to be periodically “dressed,” which involves steaming the fabric to achieve a uniform appearance along the full length of the shade. We recommend using a hand-held steamer on the lowest setting. To remove any dust or allergens, you may also use a vacuum on the lowest setting with a soft brush attachment. Do not place the brush attachment directly on the fabric to avoid damage.
Daily care for drapery panels can be simple; gently shake them out as they are drawn closed at night. This can help prevent dust and dirt from getting into the fibers. Every month or so use a vacuum on the lowest setting with a soft brush attachment. Pay special attention to the bottom half of the window treatments, as this is where most dust typically accumulates. For a deeper clean, drapery treatments should be professionally cleaned.
Cellular Honeycomb Shades
Mild detergents-such as Woolite-spot removers, and dry cleaning may harm your cellular shades. Dusting and vacuuming are recommended for monthly maintenance. Spot clean with a mild soap. For deep stains or soil, contact a cleaner from the certified network of ultrasonic cleaners. To locate a certified window treatments cleaner in your area, visit blindcleaners.biz.
Cleaning methods depend largely on the material of the roller shade. Various fabrics include: vinyl, fabric,polyester, or delicate materials like mercerised cotton used to make Plisse shades.
If your shades are vinyl you do not need to be overly delicately with how you handle them. If your shades are cloth however, you will want to give them plenty of TLC. For routine cleaning, use a feather duster or a soft hand broom to flick dust, dirt, or uninvited inhabitants off the roller shade. For a more thorough cleaning use a vacuum on the lowest setting with a soft brush attachment.
Woven Wood Shades
Woven wood shade materials can vary depending on your product. Use a vacuum with hose attachment to remove dust from the crevices in the fabric. Gently sweep the brush attachment across the fabric until it’s clean. Never use water or harsh cleaners on woven wood shades – they can damage lift strings, materials, and cause discoloration.
If your shades are made of wood slats or bamboo, you may be able to wipe them down with a lint-free cloth and furniture polish. Always spray the polish on the cloth first and then wipe down your shades rather than spraying the material itself.
How often should I clean my window treatments?
Window treatments need to be regularly maintained to have them looking as great as they did when they were first installed. However, this key chore is often overlooked by many home-owners. Adding your window treatments into your weekly cleaning routine will make it less of a chore. You should be periodically dusting them.
In addition to the weekly care you should occasionally give your window treatments a thorough cleaning to eliminate and remove allergens. Window treatments act as a kind of filter between your home and the outdoors, so inevitability they can pick up dirt, pollens, pet dander and other allergens over time. This is especially true with fabric window treatments that are low to the floor like panels or drapes. Once your window treatments pick up allergens, they can impact the air quality of your home. As the air blows in through the windows, it’ll unsettle the allergens, which will cause them to circulate throughout your home. The perfect time to schedule a deep cleaning for your window treatment is during your spring cleaning routine.
If you still are unsure about the proper care/cleaning for your window treatments, contact us today for help!
Skylights provide your home with beautiful natural sunlight, creating ambiance and an extra design feature in your home, however, skylights can sometimes let in too much sunlight, causing excessive heat gain in the summer months and drafty air leaks during cold months.
Cellular shades are the most insulating window treatments on the market, making them the best window treatments for skylight shades. Trapping air in between the skylight window and your home, cellular shade’s honeycomb cells are what make them incredible insulators. By blocking and trapping intrusive sunlight at the point of entry, cellular shades will help keep your home cool while also cutting down on energy costs during the warmest months of the year. Cellular shades on your skylight also help prevent air from flowing to the outside in the winter in colder months.
Another benefit of skylight shades is light diffusion, greater light diffusion means you’ll experience less UV damage to your furnishings and floors and less glare on television and computer screens.
Available in a wide variety of colors, you will have no problem blending in your skylight shades with the rest of your décor and window coverings. Further customize your cellular skylight shades by choosing to either softly filter light through the shade or completely blackout your room all together.
Do you have a skylight in your home? Need it covered? Get started on your project and give LC Window Treatments a call to learn more at 628-400-1665
Roman shades are a classically popular window treatment perfect that coordinate with any type of interior decor. Their versatility and durability make them the perfect shade for every room in your home. They have the ability to soften a room and add a pop of color to an otherwise neutral space.
Roman shades really did originate in Rome. Their original purpose was to shade pampered spectators in public amphitheaters or stadiums, the most famous being the Colosseum in Rome. Well-to-do audience members did not want to endure the hot sun and so they sat underneath large, elaborate cloth awnings that protected them from the heat. The system of ropes and pulleys that was used to move the awnings for events was the basis for the development of today’s Roman shades.
Roman shades are custom made. Each shade is complicated to make and takes a lot of human labor to ensure its perfection. Because of the time put into each individual shade, they do tend to be at a higher price point than other types of shades. LC Window Treatments has both local custom artisans and national manufacturers to provide our customers a variety of price points.
Roman shades look beautiful mounted inside your window frame and also outside your window frame. If you have nice trim around your windows you should show it off by mounting the shade inside the frame. If you have narrow depth windows or simply want to make your windows appear larger, these shades can be easily mounted on the wall around your window and you can let your Roman shades take center stage.
Roman shades are very versatile and can fit into any type of decor. Because they are made of fabric, there are a lot of color and texture options available, as well as options for top down/bottom up, blackout, cordless and motorized.
They come in different pleat styles to suit everyone's taste. When picking the perfect Roman shade for your next home decorating project, you will be able to choose from flat, classic, relaxed or hobbled (aka pleated). Flat shades are a standard, more modern and clean lined shade. Classic Roman shades have sewn in dowels or battens to create a more rigid appearance with a straight edge at the bottom. Relaxed roman shades bow at the bottom and provide a more feminine look. Pleated (also known as hobbled or soft fold) Roman shades have beautiful folds spaced about 4-5” apart that stack neatly when raised.
If you have any questions regarding our custom roman shades, or would like a little help selecting the perfect style for your home, we’re here for you! Just give LC Window Treatments a call at 628-400-1665.
Cellular shades – sometimes referred to as “honeycomb shades” – are the perfect choice for minimalist, sophisticated interiors. Cellular shades are engineered to absorb sound, trap air for energy efficiency, and reduce light gaps for a crisp, clean and contemporary appearance.
One of our favorite brands is Norman, a leader in the window shading industry. Norman has come up with an inventive adaptation called the SmartFit™. SmartFit™ shades are truly a great advancement in cellular shades.
The SmartFit™ system is engineered to provide flexibility in light and privacy control as top-down bottom-up, while eliminating the unsightly cords in the middle of the shade. Perfect for just about any window, including skylights, SmartFit™ can be mounted onto the window opening with a tight fit to minimize light leakage and to maximize privacy. When the shade is completely raised, its hardware is concealed beautifully to provide clean lines and an uncluttered look.
SmartFit™ shades are great for practically any window but we particularly love SmartFit™for French doors with their low profile fit and minimal hardware. They’re also great for tilt windows and skylights and can be mounted close to your windows with a tight fit. They can be used for both inside or outside mounts. Its adjustable cord tension system can be unobtrusively fitted to the base of the window sill that will ensure consistent and long-term shade performance.
The top-down bottom-up feature of the shades allow the effortless control of privacy – pull down from the top to stop at a desired position to have a view of the treetops or the skyline while obscuring the direct view you would otherwise have from outside; lift from the bottom to provide a conventional view; on the other hand, pull down from the top and lift from the bottom for terrific room brightening with enhanced privacy.
The SmartFit™ shades come in light filtering and room darkening fabrics and a range of beautiful colors to help you make an easy choice!
Call or email us today for an in-home or virtual consultation 628-400-1665
VIRTUAL CONSULTATIONS HAVE THE SAME GREAT LEVEL OF SERVICE AS AN IN-HOME DESIGN CONSULTATION
Exactly the same as with an in-home visit, you’ll be working directly with us. We’ll be there with you, using your preferred video chat, such as, FaceTime, Zoom, Skype or Google Hangouts. You’ll be able to walk us through your rooms in your home, showing us your current window coverings and décor and sharing your vision and ideas. We’ll also go over your unique needs such as:
Do you need sunlight control? Do some rooms get too hot with full sun exposure?
Are light levels in the bedrooms too bright in the afternoons or mornings?
Do you need room darkening shades for better sleep?
Do you need window treatments that offer privacy from neighbors or busy streets?
Do you need cordless window treatments for the safety of your children or pets?
WE'LL MAIL YOU SAMPLES OR DROP OFF TO YOU
Once you have a few styles picked out we’ll mail samples or drop off directly to your doorstep. You’ll see samples of your real treatments. Since there are thousands of fabrics, patterns, and color combinations available we know how important it is for you to hold, touch, and feel your new treatments before making a decision.
ORDERING IS STILL EASY
When your window design is finalized we’ll email you an estimate. Then you can place your order directly with us. If needed, we’ll take final measurements of windows to ensure a perfect fit with, of course, the proper precautions in place. After your custom window coverings arrive we will arrange for installation, again, with the proper precautions in place.
Now more than ever, we’re taking additional steps to sanitize our equipment and ourselves. This includes frequently wiping down our tools and supplies, sanitizing often, and increasing hand washing frequency. We will never come into your house unless we are happy, healthy, and ready to get to work!
To ensure there’s no unnecessary risk, we’re also following these pandemic-specific safety protocols:
Practicing social distancing during installation
Wearing gloves for the entire process
Limiting touch-points to only installation-essential surfaces
Ensuring all parties are healthy prior to scheduling installation
LC Window Treatments is going above and beyond to keep your home clean & safe. Call or email us today for a consultation!
What should you consider when choosing shutters for your windows? Real wood vs. Composite is perhaps the biggest decision to make as you go through the process. Here we’ll walk you through some considerations when choosing your shutters including: price, strength and durability, as well as design flexibility. This overview will hopefully get you closer to the shutters of your dreams!.
Advantages of Real Wood – Real wood shutters tend to be more expensive but may be your best option in terms of design. Real wood can be used for larger shutter panels. Wider panels (more than approximately 30 inches) may not be available in composite shutters due to the weight. Additionally, wood can also be stained in a variety of colors. Composite shutters tend to be limited to shades of white, gray and beige. To simplify your decision between real wood and composite shutters think about which color your shutters will feature. If you would want a wood stain then choose a real wood shutter. Staining real wood allows the natural characteristics of the wood, like knots and burls, to show. However, if you like the look of paint finish and simply want traditional white shutters then composite shutters will work just fine.
Advantages of composite – Composite plantation shutters provide a middle ground between real wood and vinyl. They're made of a solid medium density fiberboard (MDF) core with a polypropylene coating to provide durability and better heat resistance than cheap vinyl/PVC shutters. Composite shutters are a little more budget friendly - they often run 10 to 20 percent less than wood. Composite shutters are more resistant to scratches and chips. In areas of the house where the windows are going to be subjected to moisture or steam, such as bathrooms or kitchens, real wood can warp, crack or flake. In this case, composite wood would make the most sense.
Which is better for energy savings? It’s a tie between wood and composite! Both types of shutters offer energy-saving benefits. Keeping your home more energy-efficient with plantations shutters on your windows saves money on your heating and cooling bills.
For more information about plantation shutters to see how they will improve the look of your home and enhance your decor, contact LC Window Treatments. We are a full service company and experts in designing and installing window coverings including both real wood and composite shutters. Give us a call today for a free in home consultation!
What are woven wood shades?
Woven wood shades are the chameleon of window coverings. This type of shade adds a distinct layer of texture and they subtly complement instead of competing with the rest of your room.
Technically speaking, these shades are a classification of window blind/shade made of materials such as bamboo, straw, natural grasses, jute and other natural materials. They come in various price points but are not nearly as pricey as some window treatments.
Woven wood shades are beautiful, classic and affordable.
An important note with most woven wood shades is that if you desire privacy, they absolutely must have a liner. The open weave of woven wood shades means that you get lots of beautifully filtered light during the day, but at night privacy can be a concern. We highly recommend adding a liner to your shade. It will protect from sun damage, add privacy, and give your windows a uniform look from the street. Blackout liners can be added for bedroom shades. Woven wood shades can also be ordered with the top down bottom up feature. This popular lift option is ideal for maintaining privacy while simultaneously letting natural light in..
Does the color need to match other wood in the room?
No, the color does not have to match. It certainly needs to coordinate in terms of tone, but the shade color, like all window treatments, are usually chosen to compliment, not exactly match. Sometimes it could mean coordinating in a tone-on-tone way, a complementary color or choosing high contrast. It depends totally on what else is going on in the room.
Are woven woods too casual?
Definitely not! If you’d like to use a woven wood shade in a more formal space, consider adding edge binding. This is strips of fabric that wrap around the exposed edges, providing a more finished, tailored look.
Woven Wood Shades are a striking addition to any room, they deliver both texture and warmth and can be either formal or casual. If you have windows that need new shades, consider woven shades for a beautiful and textured look. Call LC Window Treatments at 628-400-1665 for free in home consultation!
If you’re looking for a timeless and affordable window covering for your bedroom, kitchen, or den, then roller shades may be a great option for you. While these shades may appear simple, they are actually much more versatile than you think. Roller shades offer numerous benefits to the homeowner, including:
If you’re interested in installing roller shades in your Sonoma, Santa Rosa, Napa, Marin & surrounding Bay area home then reach out to the window treatment design team at LC Window Treatments today. We specialize in residential and commercial shades and we would love to help you upgrade your window treatments.
Whenever I move to a new home, the very first thing I do is hang curtains in the living room. A quality set of drapes adds color and warmth and makes the empty space feel instantly like home.
It's no secret that a well-dressed window can make or break a room's look, but if you don't know the basics, then styling your windows with drapery can be difficult. But it doesn't have to be! Follow these three simple design rules to turn those boring windows into focal points.
#1 HANG YOUR CURTAINS HIGH AND WIDE
Make your windows look larger and more luxurious by hanging drapes at least 12 inches above the window frame or all the way to the ceiling and extending your curtain rod out three to six inches on each side. Drapes that rest right above the frame not only shorten the window but let in less light.
#2 LAYER YOUR WINDOW TREATMENTS
Designer windows almost always sport at least two window treatments — whether it's a roller shade, wood blinds, or plantation shutters framed by drapes. Layering window treatments provides both functionality (insulating qualities as well as blackout for better sleep) and style, turning the window into a design focal point. Imagine the window above without the white drapes. It would be boring!
#3 TAKE DRAPES TO THE FLOOR
A common mistake novice decorators make is hanging curtains without first measuring the height of the wall. For a tailored look, drapes should puddle slightly or hover one quarter to half-inch above the floor. Don't stop your curtains at the windowsill.
While the three simple rules mentioned above are good to keep in mind when dressing most windows, they aren't hard and fast. Trust your instinct when styling small or tricky spots and remember that, ultimately, a window treatment is meant to treat light, noise or temperature based on the needs of the space. Here at LC Window Treatments, we want your home to look and feel at its best, which is why we offer custom drapery along with a variety of other window coverings. We proudly serve Sonoma, Santa Rosa, Napa and Marin County as well as San Francisco. Contact us today to see how we can transform your windows into a beautiful focal point.