When shopping for window coverings for your home you might wonder if all of them have to match. While it is important to have some consistency and order from the outside street view of your house, functionality and adding personality to the inside of your home is important as well. So don’t be afraid to mix it up!
One option is to treat the street facing rooms of your home with the one consistent product like blinds, shades or shutters for curb appeal and resale value. Then to add personality and decor use different product(s) across the rear facing rooms of the home.
Another option is to choose a cellular shade in different colors for different rooms - they all have white backing so they will look consistent from the exterior. Or choose a roman shade in different colors, patterns, or even a woven wood but that have a consistent white lining on the back. You can also add drapes with white lining. This way you have a uniform look on the outside of the house but you will have a variety of different colors/textures inside your home.
Your local window treatment company, LC Window Treatments, has hundreds of options to choose from and the decor expertise and experience to help you through the process. Request a free consultation at 628-400-1665 to get started!
With so many options available, choosing a custom drapery or curtain style for your home can seem a bit confusing. But there isn’t a right or wrong answer, it’s a preference, and it’s made much easier by answering a few questions:
What is the style of your room? Is it modern? Traditional? Transitional?
Will you be opening and closing the drapes often or will they be just decorative and stationary to frame your window?
Do you like structured drapery or more flowing and billowy?
Once we have discussed these specifics with you then selecting a style from one of our options is easy.
FLAT PANEL AKA PLAIN TOP
Flat panels are typically used to cover larger spans with less fullness, or are used to give a relaxed or unstructured look to your window. Flat panel drapes can be hung with clip rings or rings with drapery hooks.
ripple fold aka roll pleat
Ripple Fold Drapery is one of our favorite styles. It's clean lined and modern, but also very functional and easy to operate. This drapery design is perfect if you will be opening and closing your drapes a lot. Ripple fold drapes glide along a track or a decorative traverse rod and can be wall mounted or hung from the ceiling.
cartridge aka goblet pleat
Goblet Drapery has a very traditional and formal look with large cartridge shaped pleats along the top of the panels. It’s best for a decorative/stationary panels that are used to frame windows. Goblet Drapery has a large stack back. which means that when open, more fabric will cover your windows.
box pleat aka inverted box pleat
Box pleat drapery is less formal than pinch pleats and goblet pleats. The Inverted Box Pleat has a neat and tailored style with a fullness on the back of the drape but a flat face surface suitable for more contemporary and casual style.
pinch pleat aka french pleat
Pinch Pleat drapery is our number one requested style. It is a classic style that gives a room an elegant, finished look. It is a series of equally spaced single, double, or triple pleats that are pinched in the center, forming fans above and below the pinch.
Parisian pleat aka euro pleat
A Parisian Pleat goes by many alternate names - it's also known as a Euro pleat, tailored peat or inverted pleat. It is becoming more popular since it has a little bit more modern style than a standard pinch pleat. It's similar to a French pleat except it is pinched at the very top and billows out at the bottom.
Do you know which drapery style you prefer? If you have questions please give LC Window Treatments a call at 628-400-1665. We are here to help!
Drapery hardware can be a little tricky but it doesn’t have to be difficult. With some help from LC Window Treatments, you can have beautiful window treatments AND stunning drapery hardware.
When drapes and hardware are selected and installed correctly, your entire living space will be upgraded to a whole new level of beauty and sophistication. The hardware is not only a fashion accent for your room, it is also functional. There are many variables to consider before you choose your hardware. Here are a few tips:
what is drapery hardware?
The term drapery hardware refers to several items— drapery rod, wall brackets, curtain rings, finials or end caps, and decorative or standard traverse rails. These components allow your draperies to function well and provide a beautiful finishing touch. Whether you are looking for a contemporary look or a more traditional style, there are many options to choose from.
AVOID BIG BOX OFF THE SHELF HARDWARE
Custom draperies should be hung on custom hardware, which is significantly different than the mass market stocked hardware that you see in stores. With custom draperies on mass market hardware, rods sag and brackets bend because they simply can not support the weight of custom draperies. Custom draperies tend to be heavier due to their use of high-quality fabrics and linings and more fabric fullness per panel.
You should never use telescoping rods which usually have problems with sagging. Also, the bump in the middle where the telescoping rods meet cheapens the look and the rings get stuck on the bump when trying to open or close the draperies. It might sound convenient to have adjustable rods, but they will sag and they are not at all attractive with exposed screws and cheap looking brackets.
consider the function
Think about how you want the draperies to function? Will they be installed over a window, or a door? Do you want them to be stationary and purely decorative, or do you want to open and close them on a regular basis? These factors will determine what type of rods will be best for you.
If the drapes are very long, then you may need a traverse rod with a cord or baton that will allow you to open and close the drapes. Motorized rods are also available. Traverse rods are also great for when wall mounting the rod is not an option. Hanging drapes from the ceiling is very on trend and can help with problems like by passing molding that protrudes from wall or heating elements that are below the window. Traverse rods can be decorative or have a more utilitarian look.
Traverse rods have clips or eyes that move along a track embedded in a slot in the rod. The eyes have a small opening for the curtain pins or fasteners and they’ll run evenly across the rod, with the number of eyes dependent on how long the rod is.
Traditional drapery rods can be used with rings or if you’d like to go with no rings then drapes with grommets or tabs are an option.
Need a curved rod or a corner rod? We have those too!
If you do not need the draperies to close, then for stationary panels you may consider short rods on either side of a large window.
CHOOSE THE SIZE OF THE DRAPERY ROD
Our custom rods come in many diameters - 5/8”, 7/8”, 1 1/4”,
1 3/4”, and 2”. The 7/8” and 1 1/4” diameter are the most popular. All the custom rods we have available are very sturdy, but if the rod has an expanse of more than ten feet, it’s better to go with a thicker rod. If the window is four feet or less, the thickness of the rod shouldn't matter.
Make sure to select a rod that also works with the scale of the room. Larger diameters look great with high ceilings to fit the proper scale of the space.
select the style of the drapery rod
Look around your room at your decor and the wood, metal, and painted finishes. Choose a rod style and finish that complements and balances out the elements present in your room. Use a mix of textures to create depth and interest.
Metal rods are very popular right now in matte or satin black, antique brass, polished chrome, nickel, brushed gold, and oil rubbed bronze.
Wood rods are also showing up in washed or light oak finishes with the grain showing that can work well with beach/coastal decor. Wood rods in darker finishes are perfect for a traditional formal look.
French rods with ends that curve back towards the wall are popular right now. French rods mix traditional with casual that fits perfectly with modern farmhouse decor.
Finials on the end if the rod are like jewelry, there are so many styles to choose from. For a simpler look choose an end cap instead of a finial.
Are you looking for a sleeker look than curtain rings? Grommets have been a popular choice for draperies for years because they offer a more modern look. Grommets come in a variety of sizes and colors so they are easily worked into any decor. Grommets allow the fabric to fall into folds creating a beautiful look from the top of the drape to the bottom of the drape.
One option we don’t love - rings with clips. Who wants to see an ugly clip when there are much more attractive options available!
There are so many more design choices and finish colors in custom rod hardware products than the stock rods you can find in stores. The beauty and functionality that will last for years make these rods more than a worthwhile investment in your home.
While the number of styles, colors, etc. can be overwhelming, LC Window Treatments can help you get the look you want—and the functionality you need.
As experts in drapery hardware, we at LC Window Treatments are here to help you make the right decisions when purchasing hardware for your draperies. Call us today for an in home consultation 628-400-1665
Vertical blinds certainly aren’t exactly the trendiest window treatment. These blinds are often overlooked and thought of as tacky white metal strips that bang together on the window. What most people don’t know is that vertical blinds now come in a variety of materials, patterns and textures to create a clean and stylish look that is perfectly suited for patio doors and large windows. Additionally, vertical blinds now move across a window with superb and silent new technology.
So what’s not to love about vertical window blinds? Here are our top three reasons to choose vertical blinds!
Finding a window covering for sliding glass doors or patio doors can prove to be difficult. Window coverings for sliding glass doors and patio doors need to open from side-to-side and need to be durable and easy to clean since doors are usually higher traffic areas. In terms of window coverings that slide open, the options are somewhat limited. If you’re looking for a window covering that slides from side to side and offers louvers or vanes that can be tilted to allow various degrees of light in, then the product that will provide the best functionality and most versatility is a vertical blind.
Verticals now come in so many materials, patterns, colors and textures that you will no longer think that vertical window treatments are boring or outdated. We all remember the white PVC or metal-like material - perfect for office buildings and other commercial applications. This is your most basic choice, but to take advantage of all the new innovations in design, we highly recommend any of the vertical treatments that are fabric which are softer, quieter and more stylish, giving you that relaxed drapery feel and come in many colors and many textures. There are also wood and faux-wood verticals that come in beautiful stains to match your furniture or flooring and who can resist the rich and classic feel of wood accents-so stunning on a large window. Solar material is now available on vertical blinds, made of the same amazing material as Solar Screens, which will reduce glare, block those harmful UV rays and control the heat of the sun blazing through those large patio doors.
Since verticals are a perfect choice for large windows, affordability is a great advantage when selecting this window treatment. Obviously, when you have a very large window it means more material and more expense. Vertical window treatments are so cost effective you can add these blinds to your room and still have plenty of budget left over for more decor for the rest of your home.
So there you have it! That’s why we love vertical blinds – function, style, and budget! Call LC Window Treatments today at 628-400-1665 for a free in home consultation.
If you’ve never bought custom window treatments before, one purchase from us will likely change the way you shop for window treatments forever. Over the past few years, we’ve met many home owners who were initially hesitant about buying custom window coverings who have now become loyal customers that can’t imagine purchasing their blinds and shades anywhere else.
We’re proud to make customers for life when people order from us, and it often happens because of these seven reasons:
Customers initially think big box retail stores have the lowest prices on window coverings. The truth is that big box retail stores often can’t compete with us on prices. That’s because we focus specifically on window coverings and don’t need large showrooms to house our products. We bring the showroom to you in person, and we pass the savings on to our customers. In addition, we also work closely with the manufacturers of a variety of blinds and shades to make sure we get the very best prices.
Many of our customers want some degree of customization when they order window coverings from us. Whether it’s choosing specific fabrics, colors and patterns, specific dimensions to fit certain windows in their homes, or requiring specific options like room darkening liners, cordless operation and top down bottom up operation. But in a big box retail store or online you have very limited customization, only a few colors, out of stock products, and potentially a long wait to get what you want—if they’re even capable of fulfilling your needs at all. And who is going to install the product? At LC Window Treatments we have a team of experienced installers who install with perfection.
Information and options
When you buy window coverings in a big box retail store or online, it can be difficult to determine the exact dimensions and installation options. It’s also difficult to determine the quality. Attempts to find information and possible options can be frustrating, especially if you’re looking to purchase many window coverings at once. But when you work with LC Window Treatments, all the information you need is provided to you during the initial consultation and during any subsequent appointments or phone calls. We get precise measurements and provide you options, information about maximum lengths and widths, color, materials, and different options for operation. All of the information you need to help you make a decision is provided up front.
A perfect fit
What good are window treatments that let in too much light, have gaps, too short, or too long? That’s a reality for countless homeowners who bought their window coverings at big box retail stores. Window coverings that are installed by the homeowner straight out of a box almost never fit correctly, resulting in huge light leaks or impossible installations due to simply being not a perfect fit for the window. In addition, big box retail stores don’t always custom cut blinds and shades correctly, which means providing them with precise measurements may still result in poor fits. At LC Window Treatments we do the measuring to get a perfect fit every time.
SAMPLES TO HELP YOU CHOOSE
Seeing blinds and shades in person won’t help much if you can’t replicate their colors and patterns in your home. The lighting in big box stores is often significantly different than the lighting in an average home, and window treatments can look dramatically different in each environment, particularly cellular shades. And trying to determine the color, look and feel of the material when buying online is impossible. But when you work with LC Window Treatments, we come to you with fabrics and materials samples to give you an accurate idea of how a particular window covering will look in each room of your home. It’s the most critical step in the process of purchasing window coverings that will help ensure that you are 100% satisfied for many years to come.
BETTER GUARANTEES AND WARRANTIES
When you buy window coverings from most big box retail stores or online, you get their standard return policy and that’s about it. At some stores, you may have only a few weeks to make a return. What if you get your blinds and they’re cut to fit your windows but the color is not right…and you can’t return them. At LC Window Treatments we offer a satisfaction guarantee and our manufacturers offer extensive warranties on all of the products.
In addition, you can’t go wrong with the ease and convenience of buying your window coverings from us. You don’t have to worry about wasting your gas to drive across town and fighting for a parking space, and you don’t have to concern yourself with making room in your car for huge boxes of blinds and shades. Instead, we come to you and you can complete the entire process from the comfort of your home while knowing that beautiful new window treatments will be shipped to us and installed by our professional installers.
Don't hesitate to give LC Window Treatments a call today. We're here to help you create the perfect window treatments for your home. Schedule your free consultation!
Want an alternative to vertical blinds to cover a sliding glass door or large window? Vertical blinds are durable and can span wide distances, but their utilitarian style isn’t for everyone. We’ve got some other window treatment options for sliding glass doors that are just as functional but more likely to suit your home decor.
Roller shades can easily align themselves perfectly with sliding glass doors and almost “disappear”. You can choose between regular roll or a reverse roll or a cassette valance or a metal fascia. All these mounting styles allow for the shades to lie closely with the window and give it a neat and clean finish. The reason why this feature comes in handy for sliding glass doors is that it does not hide the look of the window or the door. So, those big glass panes that allow you to enjoy the view from your living room are not covered up behind layers of fabric. The fabric rolls neatly to the top and stays out of the way.
Roller shades are also available as solar shades (pictured below). Solar shades maintain an actual weave in the fabric which keeps the outside view open to the person through the blind even when it is fully lowered. This lets you retain your beautiful view and keeps your room looking open, while still blocking heat and glare. These solar shades also block more heat and protect your floors and furnishings from damaging UV rays.