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Choosing the Perfect Curtain Rod

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One of the most aesthetically pleasing options that you have when it comes to window treatments are curtains. We’ve covered them plenty in our blog, and that’s because they’re easily one of the best choices that someone can make when they’re looking to add some flair to a room.

Aside from the fun texture and color that you can incorporate with curtains, the hardware that is used to keep them up and hanging is another fantastic area that you’re able to get some style points in.

Color

Color is one of the many positive attributes that this window treatment has, and it doesn’t stop at the fabric choices that you’re able to select from. One of the smaller color details that you’ll be able to choose from will be the hardware that you’re going to use to hang them.

When you’re shopping around to find the curtain rod that will best suit your home, you’ll see that there are so many different types to choose from, the color really is just one more element that you’ll have the freedom of selecting. From standard colors like a silver and gold to unique colors like copper and off-white, you can find a curtain rod that will fit into the aesthetic of your home and will complement the look that you’re going for.

Shape

Most rods will come in the standard style of a rod, so it’ll go straight across. However, there are some rods that will add some fun curves or zig-zags in the rod in order to make it a unique rod. One of the things that you will be able to choose from will be the little detailing at the end of the rod. They have a variety of finials that you can choose from.

The most common shape that we see on curtain rods are balls, but there are different ones that you can choose from to make the look of your room come full circle. Whether you’re looking for a rustic touch, or something a little more modern, we can guarantee that you’ll find something that spikes an interest and fits into your design.

Length

Depending on the window that you have, and the look that you are hoping to achieve, you will be able to choose from a variety of curtain rods, all of the various lengths. A number of curtains that you want to add to your window may play a part in the length of the rod that you’d like to use.

If you’re not sure what type of look you want to go for, you will still have the ability to switch them out as desired, so it isn’t something that needs to be finalized. All of the finials that are available should fit the standard rod.

If you’re looking for high-quality drapes to add into your home, Arjay’s Window Fashions in Ventura are the people to turn to. Call us today and we’ll help you schedule an appointment to get a full consultation on your custom window treatments.

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Factors to Consider When Choosing Treatments for a Bedroom

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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

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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

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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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Cordless Blinds – What’s The Big Deal?

It seems like more than ever before, the designs that we create are done so with the intentions of removing some of the minor headaches that we receive through older designs. As a homeowner, it’s nearly impossible not to fall in love with the updated designs and functionalities of kitchen features, design elements, and yard maintenance, which are constantly being worked with. One of the features that people didn’t expect to see improvements and functionalities improved on were window treatments. These various window treatments have designs that are old as time but haven’t ever really had issues with functionality, and even when there were improvements to be made, we saw them. Well, there is one recent improvement of functionality that has been made, and we are crazy about it: cordless application.

The pull cord is something that we have had on window treatments for as long as we can remember, and while they haven’t always been a downfall of the treatment themselves, they are definitely something that we have seen a few difficulties and receive some of those headaches from. In fact, this small detail of the window treatment has made news because of the dangers that it is capable of posing to families.

With this recent change, there definitely has been an increase in the cost of the improved treatment, and for this reason, people seem to turn their backs to all of the possibilities that this new design has. Of course, there are always those changes that happen where you immediately start to wonder if it’s truly a necessity that you are investing in, or if it’s simply a luxury addition. We’ve given this some consideration, and we’ve found that there are a few reasons that this new addition is a must, for some families and people in particular, and not just a strange new feature.

Children

We mentioned earlier that the drawstrings of blinds have made the news, and for good reason. These “harmless” looking drawstrings proved to be extremely dangerous when in the hands of a child that was not supervised. Without understanding the functionality of the strings, children were wrapping themselves up in the cord, and some of them were had the misfortune of being strangled by them. While it seemed like a harmless game or just playing with something that was sitting out, these drawstrings took the lives of too many children. Having been the most common option in regards to window treatments, they continued to be the immediate choice of people that were shopping around or construction companies that were building new homes.

Rather than stick with an option that might be more affordable, having an option that leaves your children safe is something that makes sense to us. The chances of it happening to your child may be small, or even impossible in your mind, but the reality is that they exist. At least, they exist until you eliminate the drawstring that is creating the issue in the first place.

Pets

Children aren’t the only ones that have been put in danger because of the drawstring. Cats and dogs are the two most commonly found pets that seem to struggle with drawstrings and the overall safety of them. For cats, these are merely a toy that they can paw at and play with. Once they see that the string moves, and is connected at the top of the blinds, they find the opportunity to jump onto the blinds and ruin the slats. Other issues that happened in regards to pets were similar to those that happened with children. Dogs would wind up wrapping themselves up in the cord until they could no longer breathe.

The chances of you leaving your child unattended may be slim, but think about how many times a day you leave your dog unattended. Are they wandering around the home while you’re at work? Or even when you’re home, how often do you go and check when your dog isn’t right by your side or barking? This is a concern, one that was big enough to be noted when children were being strangled by the same drawstrings.

Damaged & Dropped

Aside from these two main issues, drawstrings provide an opportunity for the window treatment to be pulled down entirely. If you haven’t ever tried to pull down on a drawstring only to look like an idiot that can’t figure out a window treatment, then consider yourself lucky. Such a simple task seems to be pretty difficult for a majority of society, so we’re going to go ahead and say that it isn’t just us on this one.

When people try to pull too hard, the blinds can come with them. This is another thing that you might not feel is a huge deal, but when you’ve installed these window treatments into the interior of your window frame, it can be a pretty big deal. When this treatment is installed with screws and the actual equipment to hold the blinds, a good tug can bring all of that down, leaving more than just the blinds ruined. This could call for some new equipment to hold new blinds in place, as well as some patches on the interior of the window frame. Rather than let this ever be an issue, you could eliminate the drawstring as a whole.

Cordless blinds offer easy functionality, but they also look incredible and allow for the window treatments in your home to remain safe. Now, we aren’t saying that the standard blinds are an inhumane and horrible option, but there are some instances where these updated designs are going to be a better fit and a much safer option. For instance, the families with children; this is a time where safety can easily be prioritized and is a quick switch. This tiny change is one that has made a revolutionary difference for homes across the world, and while it may not seem like much, to those that had the misfortune of being a case where danger became the end result; it’s one that truly can make a difference. This is primarily the reason that we decided that this change was one that truly was for the better. Taking the cord off of the window treatment is not a luxury for some, it’s a necessity.

At Arjay’s Window Fashions, we tailor your window treatments to your needs. For any questions that you have regarding this new window treatment design, or any of the other options that might be a good fit for you and your home, call us. We would be more than happy to schedule a consultation where we can review your options and get you set up with the perfect treatments.

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