Types of Treatments to Use with Doors

When you’ve got a glass, sliding-door in your home, you know that window treatments will inevitably become something that you need to consider. These giant windows are something that we see as perks when we first start to look into a home, but they are a little bit trickier to work with when you’re trying to find a treatment that will work with the overall look of your home, while also providing you the control that you’d like over your sliding door.

With the number of treatments that we have to offer at Arjay’s Window Treatments, we’ve come up with some creative ways that we can incorporate treatments with your windows that you’ll wind up loving. Here are a few of our favorite options.

Pull Down Shades

If you have french doors in your home, shades that pull down are a fantastic option to choose from. These shades not only give you a lot of control with the amount of lighting that’s coming into your home, but they can make it easier to have throughout your home.

If your french doors are connected to the dining area or the kitchen of your home, you will likely have plenty of other windows that you have to factor in. If you would like to keep the overall flow of the space that you already have, then pull down blinds are a great choice. They make a variety of pull down window treatments for windows that can also be used for shades, so it’ll be much easier to find something that you can be consistent with.

Aside from that, it’s much nicer to have a window treatment that fits your door perfectly. Options like drapes and sliding vertical blinds are certainly an option, but with doors that open outwards, the last thing that you’re going to want to have to deal with is an object that’s getting in the way.

Vertical Blinds

One of the most common treatments that we use for sliding glass doors is vertical blinds. They’re a common style, but they work so well that there’s very little reason to consider other options. When you think of these, imagine something similar to your standard blinds, but rather than standing horizontally, the slats will be vertical.

Connected by a bar at the top of the sliding door, your blinds will be easy to move thanks to the wand of the blinds. These make it easy to open and close the slats, but also move the slats so that they’re entirely open, or entirely closed. That being said, this feature makes it easy to use this window treatment similarly to how you would use blinds; giving you plenty of control from the sun, gorgeous views and a look that’s easy to incorporate into a variety of aesthetics.

Drapes

Another look that we see commonly used for doors are drapes. If you like having something that is flowy, light and can add some texture to your space, then drapes might be the perfect option for the doors that you have in your home. There are a variety of colors and designs that you can choose from with this particular option, which makes it easy to add them into your home and create an overall feel or theme in your home.

If aesthetic or theme is something that you really want to focus on within your space, then incorporating drapes into the design is something that you should strongly consider. These are one of the best window treatments to add styling points while also taking care of the design factors.

Window Tinting

If you’re less concerned about the aesthetic of the actual window treatment, and you are simply looking for the coverage and protection for the interior of your home, then window tinting is another fantastic choice that you’re able to choose. This option is available for all forms of windows and is extremely successful when working with glass doors.

A major benefit to this particular form of window treatment is that it’s extremely easy to incorporate this throughout a home. With this treatment, you can enjoy less powerful beams of sunlight, protection for the interior of your home, and you don’t have to worry so much about any design aspects. This is a great option for doors that lead out to an incredible view. If that’s something that you really want to focus on, adding the window tint, and not obscuring the view of the window, will provide you with the best of both worlds.

These are the primary types of window treatments that will be used when looking to cover a screen door. If there are certain issues or concerns that you have, let us know and we’ll do our best to assist you.

Arjay’s Window Fashions in Ventura has a wide selection of window treatments that we can incorporate into your house. Contact us today for a consultation from a member of our team and we’ll get you taken care of as soon as possible.

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Factors to Consider When Choosing Treatments for a Bedroom

Your bedroom is your sanctuary after a long day at work. When you’re able to sleep in on Saturday mornings, this is the place that you’ll do it. It’s one of the most intimate rooms of a house and it is the one space that you can let develop into anything that you’d like it to be.

Given that all of these things are true, something that you’ll want to make sure you do is invest time into finding the best window treatment for your room. While you may know what type of styling you like and what types of colors you would ideally have, they may not be the best option for your bedroom.

At Arjay’s Window Fashions in Ventura, there are a variety of materials, styles, and colors that we offer, which makes it easy to find the right fit for each individual room in your home. One of the mistakes that people make all too often is choosing the same window treatment for every room in the home. Here are some things that you’ll want to specifically consider when looking for a treatment, for your bedroom. Unless of course, you still don’t want even the slightest bit of light entering your room, in which case you can stick with those thicker materials.

How You Sleep

Having control of natural lighting is a goal that all window treatments aim to help achieve, but the amount of lighting in your room is much different than the amount of lighting in your kitchen. The main reason behind this is pretty obvious: you sleep in your bedroom. Depending on if you’re an early riser, or if you like to take advantage of the opportunity to sleep in, you’ll be looking for different thickness levels with your window treatments.

If you’re a light sleeper, and you enjoy having a dark space to sleep in, then the last thing that you’re going to want are thin window treatments that can’t keep the sun out. That means that those thinner treatments, like roman shades, won’t be the best fit. They can certainly be the perfect style for rooms like your kitchen or your living room, but if dark is what you want, then you should definitely go with something thicker.

With that being said, take note as to which direction your bedroom window is facing. There’s a chance it might be on a side of the house facing away from the sun in the morning, in which case you can still enjoy thinner window treatments because the sun will never be creeping into your windows given the direction it faces.

Material

We’ve touched on how the material that you choose for your window treatments can make a difference to the overall feel of the room that you’re adding them to. For example, our recent post dove into the ways that you can add drapes to a room when you’re looking to create a soft and gentle feeling in a room. This is definitely something that you’re going to want to consider in your bedroom since it should be a place where you can feel relaxed and calm.

This is one of the scenarios where doubling up on window treatments is a fantastic option! By pairing durable and thick window treatments like wooden blinds, with softer fashions like blinds, can provide you with the best of both worlds.

Maintenance

Again, your bedroom is a place that you want to feel at home and comfortable in, so the last thing that you really want is to walk into a room and immediately notice that the window treatments are dirty or look bad. Consider the amount of work that you’re going to have to do in a space that you will be spending every day in.

Blinds are one of the more common options for bedrooms, but honestly, shutters or drapes make for a fantastic pairing in a bedroom and are some that offer quite a bit of a control and very little maintenance.

The choices that you make with your window treatments are ultimately going to come down to what makes sense to you and your home. Where we can help is working with you to figure out which priorities you have that need to be met, and then giving you the options that will best suit them.

One of the things that you can always count on from Arjay’s is for us to come through with custom blinds or high-quality window treatments that will ensure your home looks great. If you’re interested in learning more about the window treatments that we offer or you’d like to schedule a consultation with a member of our team. We love being able to add some of those finishing touches to the interior of your home, call us today and we’ll get started.

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Drapes: What, When & Why

Arjay’s Window Fashions is known for having a wide selection of window treatments to choose from. This is always a fantastic situation to run into because the last thing that you want when trying to shop for window treatments are too few of options.

Our blog post today is going to provide a deeper look into a popular window treatment: drapes. Today we’ll be covering that what, the when and the why behind this treatment so that you can move forward with your window treatment pursuit with an overall better idea of what it is that you’re looking for and how to better determine if this is an option that will actually suit your needs.

What

Blinds are one of the few window fashions that will cover more than just the window. These treatments are made from material and, more often than not, will hang below the lowest part of the window; most commonly to the floor. Because of that factor, these window treatments are one of the most frequently chosen window treatments when styling and aesthetic are the top priorities.

As we just mentioned, this window treatment is made from fabric, which is beneficial for more than just one reason. First off, curtains allow for you to throw them in the washer when they’re even the slightest bit dirty. That goes for dusty, too! If you’re tired of having to figure out a logical way to dust off your window treatments, this is absolutely a great alternative. You can still receive the same amount of control over the lighting, benefit from the energy efficiency, and much more, all with this window treatment.

The second reason that we’re going to cover as to why this window treatment is so beneficial, is that since they are made from fabric, there are so many different options that you can choose from. From solid colors to a wide span of prints, you are able to select a set of curtains that best matches your personality, the styling of your home, and the overall look and feel that you’re trying to go for.

Many window treatments will also provide you with fairly low maintenance, energy efficient tributes, and a selection to choose from. That being said, curtains are also a great way to compliment window treatments that you may already have. We love seeing them paired with plantation shutters or some sturdy blinds.

When

Because curtains are made out of material, they offer a very flowing and soft feel to a room. This is one of the reasons that they make for a great window treatment within a home. That’s not to be said that they can’t be used in office spaces or other options of the sort, but it is something that you will want to take into consideration when choosing the final treatment that you’ll go with.

If you are running a business or styling a room where feelings of softness or emotions are not something that you want to be the primary or firstly noted attribute, then sticking with a harder window treatment – like wooden blinds – would be a better option.

Some of the places that we most frequently see these types of window treatments in are bedrooms, living rooms and sliding glass doors. These are all areas where one wants their guests and family to feel welcome, and they’re some of the most vulnerable and most used rooms in a home, so it makes sense that a soft feeling would be the first choice when choosing a window treatment.

Why

If you’re struggling to determine why these are a window treatment that you would be interested in adding to your home, then there are a few different things that you may want to review before taking the plunge. For the most part, you should really focus on what it is that you’re hoping to get out of your window treatments.

If you’re wanting to have window treatments that you don’t have to do much with, and that you don’t really care about the appearance of, then sticking with a standard blind would be plenty for you and your room. However, if you are hoping to create a feeling in your space, add a touch of personality or style, and have something that’s lower maintenance, but not difficult to maintain when needed, then some high-quality curtains are right up your alley!

Ultimately, the why will always come down to what it is that makes window treatments appealing to you in the first place.This is one of the attributes that we as a team can not pin down for you, but we can help you better understand so that you can make the best decision.  If you are struggling between two different styles, a member of our team would be more than happy to help you determine which type of window treatment is really going to meet your needs.

The team at Arjay’s Window Fashions is built on professionalism and knowledge, all so that we have the ability to help our customers find the treatment that they need. If you’re in the market for a new window treatment, or you could use the assistance of a professional to make your final decision, contact Arjay’s Window Fashions in Ventura, today. We would love to be the ones that help you make the final touches on your home.

As always make sure to keep up with our blog, as we will continue to cover topics that will hopefully be beneficial to you and answer any questions that you may have.

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Transitioning Window Treatments to Fall

As the temperatures slowly start to drop here in Ventura, the type of care that we need to be providing to our windows will shift. Of course, it’s not necessarily much different than what you’d do on a regular basis, however, the change in weather does require you to be aware of slightly different things.

At Arjay’s Window Fashions, we specialize in window treatments that help you make the most of your home and the beautiful windows that you have installed. Today we’re going to cover some of the things that you should be doing to both your windows and your window treatments as fall sets in.

Go Thicker

For some, window fashions are similar to articles of clothing; when one season ends, the items of clothing get put away and the current season’s clothing is pulled out. Given the functionality aspect of window treatments, this shouldn’t be much different.

Warmer seasons in Ventura require little maintenance with window treatments because we want to enjoy the sunshine. Even during the hot days of summer, we still keep the treatments light. At this point in the year, they serve more as a blockage from the sun in order to protect our furniture and less to keep our home at a certain temperature.

In the cooler seasons, however, window fashions serve as a great tool to maintain temperature and ensure that all of the work your heater is doing stays inside. That being said, one of the things that you may want to do is switch to your thicker stylings of window treatments so that you can enjoy the warmth of your home even more. Another fun aspect of thicker window fashions, like curtains, is that they add to the feel of your room; they seem to give it a feeling of fall and winter by making the room altogether more cozy.

Soft Whites

One of the many tones that are well known for fall color schemes is soft whites. This is a fantastic and easy way to add a relaxing touch to your home, and it’s one that doesn’t have to be difficult to complete. There are probably many soft white tones throughout your home, but something that you can easily do to make to make them more noticeable is to give them a good wipe down.

It’s not quite the same as spring cleaning, but a good cleaning of your home – any dusty walls, off-white blinds, crown molding, cabinets, and the like – can add much more of a touch of fall than you might realize. If it’s been a while since you’ve cleaned your blinds, make sure to check out our blog for a few tips that can make the cleaning process much easier.

Layer Your Treatments

Another trend that we see happening in the fall is layering. This is a great way to keep warm in the fall, but it ultimately adds an extra texture while also giving that cozy feeling that we were talking about before. One of the looks that we’re crazy about is layering.

With how many different treatments are available, there are quite a few ways that you can incorporate a layering style into your home through your window treatments. One of the primary examples that we love to use is a pairing of shutters and curtains. Both offer a very different feel to a space, which makes the combination of the two an incredible look in any home.

You can also try adding blinds and curtains and really play off that cozy feel. As soon as temperatures warm up again, it’s quick and easy to take the curtains down, or switch them out for lighter ones, so that you can enjoy that light and airy feeling again while temperatures are warm enough.

Incorporate Touches of Fall

There are so many things that make fall a fantastic season, and the beginning of it is just a warm welcome to turning your home into the cozy abode that you’ve always wanted. That being said, another great thing that you can do is add touches of fall throughout your home. Some examples of these would be pumpkins, wreaths, soft candles, and the like. Each of these items adds just a hint of cozy to your home, and in doing so can help you sink even deeper into the season.

One of the ways this can affect your window treatments is by looking for themed treatments. We have plenty of color opportunities that you can choose from, but there are also a variety of designs that make for perfect additions to your home during the cooler seasons of the year. If you do have curtains, and you tie them back, switching this piece of material can also make a huge difference. There’s no doubt that switching from a formal cord to a piece of rope, or something more rustic, will add to the feel of your window treatments.

We’re sure there are plenty of other ways that you’ll be able to add to the look and feel of your home in this time of transition, but there’s no doubt about the fact that these tiny transitions to your window treatment can make an incredible difference.

Arjay’s Window Fashions brings high-quality window treatments to the Ventura area. If you’re in the market for new window treatments in your home, make sure to contact us today and we’ll help you find the best fit for your home. As always, thanks for stopping by our blog. We hope that you continue to browse the many topics that we’ll cover in our blog space.

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Various Tips For Energy Efficient Window Coverings

Various Tips For Energy Efficient Window Coverings

Various Tips For Energy Efficient Window Coverings

The year is 2017. That’s an obvious statement, but it’s also a fairly obvious notion to recognize the fact that countries around the world, including the United States, have become more eco-conscious and ‘green’ than ever before. What we’re describing here is probably more commonly known as simply being energy efficient, and whether that’s through the use of renewable resources as energy or just consuming and living off of fewer items, being green is more than just a ‘hip’ thing to do these days.

Arjay’s Can Make Your Home Or Business More Efficient

From mass recycling efforts around the world to planting trees and gardens to the solar-powered electric vehicle craze, we want to contribute our part in keeping planet Earth sustainable, lush, and natural for future generations to enjoy. At Arjay’s Window Fashions, our role within this process revolves around providing window cover solutions that do things like return energy to your home to warm it up. By installing the correct window treatments, you can significantly reduce the energy consumption in residential and commercial buildings, which presents a rather remarkable opportunity in reducing both air conditioning and heating bills.

That’s why Arjay’s is dedicating today’s blog post to various tips and solutions that you can implement to make the energy that’s used to heat or cool down your home more efficient. Not only will future generations thank you, but your wallet will also thank you in the process! To learn more about what kind of window coverings that Arjay’s offers to buildings more energy efficient, visit this page. Now, let’s go ahead and dive into some tips to ensure that your window treatments are as energy efficient as possible.

Understanding The Difference Between Sunlight And Daylight

Put simply, sunlight is what you see when you’re directly facing the sun and feeling those intense, harsh rays. Daylight is what you see when the sun is at your back and when you’re not directly facing it. Why is this distinction between daylight and sunlight important? Well, it’s because energy efficiency in window coverings comes down to managing the levels of sunlight and daylight.

An important part of the design strategy in improving window performance – especially down here in ever-sunny Southern California – is to reduce sunlight penetration while simultaneously enhancing daylight. Proper natural light levels are so important that there have been a number of studies that have actually confirmed that natural daylight has long term and notable positive health benefits. It’s even understood that an appropriate amount of natural light can also contribute to healing diseases!

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The Problem With Glass Windows

Glass windows are great because they let in natural light and allow us to safely gaze into the outside world. However, intense sunlight coming straight through your windows only makes it more difficult to cool down your home to comfortable temperatures when it’s already incredibly hot outside. The simple reality is that glass is a poor insulator – as a matter of fact, it’s widely understood in the architectural and engineering industries that glass acts as the weak link in the chain when you consider heat loss and gain in a building.

Furthermore, even organizations like the U.S. Department of Energy estimate that consumers can actually reduce solar heat gain by a massive 70 percent in the summer and also reduce heat loss by a considerable 25 percent in the winter. This is simply done by installing the proper window treatments.

Tips For Shades

Shades can be some of the most effective and most efficient window covering solutions, provided that they’re installed correctly.

Ideally, your window shade should be mounted as close to the glass as possible with the sides of the shade held close to the wall in order to establish a sealed air space. On sunlit windows in the summer, make sure that your shades are rolled down. Additionally, raise your shades on the south side of your house in the winter during the day, and lower them at night.

Quilted roller shades and certain types of Roman shades are something worth considering from an energy efficiency perspective. These types of window coverings feature several layers of fiber batting and sealed edges. Both of these shade types are great because they act as both insulation and an air barrier, plus, they control air filtration more effectively than other types of ‘soft’ window treatments.

Tips For Blinds

With window blinds, keep in mind that they’re more effective at reducing summer heat gain as opposed to winter heat loss, and that goes for both vertical and horizontal slat-type blinds.

Due to the numerous openings between the slats of interior blinds, it’s rather challenging to control heat loss. However, the slats do offer flexibility in the summer. Unlike shades, you can adjust the slats in blinds in order to control light and ventilation. When blinds are completely closed and lowered on a sunny window, highly reflective blinds can reduce heat gain by roughly 45 percent – something that’s really nice on those scorching Southern California summer days.

Exterior roller blinds from Arjay’s are usually made of materials like wood, steel, aluminum, or vinyl. Exterior blinds should obviously be mounted above the window, with side channels guiding them as they’re raised and lowered. The slats in exterior blinds meet and provide shade when they’re lowered, and when they’re partially raised, the blinds allow a healthy amount of air and daylight to enter through the windows.

Tips For Draperies

Factors like fabric type and color of your draperies will affect their ability to reduce heat loss or gain heat. As a general tip with draperies, you should close draperies during summer days on windows that are receiving direct sunlight in order to prevent heat gain. When they’re drawn during the cold winter weather, even the most conventional draperies can reduce heat loss from a warm room by about 10 percent. So, in the winter, make sure that you close all of your draperies at night, as well as draperies that don’t receive any sunlight to warm them up during the day.

Find The Perfect Energy Efficient Solution At Arjay’s

Isn’t it good knowing that you’ll save money and use the Earth’s energy resources more efficiently and sparingly by properly covering your windows? The sun is a powerful force that easily invades our homes, and having the correct window treatments that fit your windows can go a long way in drastically reducing your overall energy bill.

Whether you’re covering the windows of your commercial business building or you’re an apartment manager that’s looking for the right solution for a new set of units, you can trust the experienced and knowledgeable professionals at Arjay’s Window Fashions to help you find the right solution that matches your budget and your interior design needs. From Roman blinds to vertical blinds and honeycomb blinds, give us a call today to get set up with the right type of window treatments!