When is the Best Time For Changing Your Window Drapes?

You already know that you need to clean your drapes on a regular basis to keep dust, allergens and other things from building up on them, but when should you make a change to new window drapes all together? We’ll help you tackle this tough question and come out with a solution that’s a serious win whether you’re nearby in Los Angeles or around the world:

Changing Seasons:

Do you prefer light, airy curtains in the summer and heavy, lined drapes in the winter? If you like to significantly change the appearance of a room’s formality, light balance and openness, changing your drapes on a seasonal or twice yearly schedule may be an excellent choice. You can lighten up the look over the summer and create a cozy nook in the winter by simply swapping curtain sets.

Changing Looks:

If you’ve hit the point that you’re doing serious renovations or remodeling to a room or even your entire home, it’s probably a great time to evaluate your existing window treatments. Will they still work after you take out that Berber carpet and install laminate flooring? If you can keep your remodeling changes fairly neutral, you’ll find it’s very easy to change the entire look of a room or home by changing out soft decor items such as linens, throws, rugs and draperies, giving you a whole new look for less.

Changing Lifestyles:

Whether you’re in the first home you can truly call your own, raising children or new empty nesters, why not take advantage of your lifestyle change to cater to your new needs?  Whether it’s putting up formal draperies after years of easy-clean curtains or blinds, creating a look that’s uniquely you or making your design more child- and maintenance-friendly, this is a great time to see that you or your family’s needs are being met in style.

As you can see, there are plenty of opportunities to create a new look in your home by simply swapping your window treatments. If you’d like more information on your options, please feel free to contact Arjays Window Fashions  for a complimentary consultation! We’ve been serving Southern California as a leader in window treatment design since 1975 and would be happy to help create your dream design.

Modern Blinds Offer Many Options to Beautify the Home

If you still think of window blinds as old-fashioned, unattractive dust catchers, then you owe it to yourself and your home to investigate current possibilities of wood blinds and faux blinds.  They have come of age in today’s world.  Not only are the options for customizing blinds almost limitless, but they are available at prices to please the budget-minded as well as those for whom cost is not an object, but a decor statement is an all-important goal.

Choose from Menu of Options

Manufactured with slat width that ranges from 1 to 3 inches, horizontal blinds can have the sleek look of Euro-contemporary or the farmhouse flavor of Midwestern casual.  Wider slats, depending on finish, may suggest European elegance or deep-South gentility;  faux blinds in easy-care finishes are a perfect choice for playrooms, children’s bedrooms, functional spaces, and some offices.

No matter what the specifics of your needs, window blinds provide you with the best of modern technology, value, safety and utility.  Because of their construction, blinds can be adjusted for total room darkening, or may be left to filter light and prevent outside surveillance.  Alternatively, they may be raised completely to open any room to an expansive view.

Custom Features

Possible custom features include designer fashion tapes to replace standard cords, either wand or cord adjustment, motorized operation, concealed headboards, and buoyant lift options which eliminate all hanging cords.

Serviceable and Attractive

Because blinds have been a favorite of homeowners in many areas, and because they were a standard in so many homes in the past, there are some lingering misconceptions.  Not all blinds are created equal.  Modern blinds offer excellent value and lasting appeal; they are available in real wood as well as faux wood.  Both are available in a wide range of standard colors and finishes; custom wood blinds may be painted, stained, finished to match furniture, antiqued or distressed.

When looking at window covering options for your new or remodeled living spaces, you should be guided by your personal preferences as well as your pocketbook.  The experienced professional design team at Arjay’s will be able to guide you to appropriate choices, based on your need for privacy, your design styles, and your budget.  If that choice leads to window blinds as a practical solution, you can then explore the range of options available.  Call for a complementary consultation.

Custom or Standard Window Treatments… Which is the Better Choice?

When deciding on décor for your home or remodel, window treatments should be very high on the list. A beautiful window works wonders for your space, adding variety and character. Customized window treatments make grand statements and are high-quality products. How you dress your windows says a lot about you.

Why custom?

It’s easy to go the standard route, but your windows end up having a bland, cookie-cutter feel to them.

With custom window treatments:

  • You have a choice of quality options at your disposal. Whether you are considering blinds, curtains, drapes or shades. Believe it or not, this is very important. Choosing the right window treatment takes time to think about the aesthetic you are trying to convey, lighting and room temperature. It’s not a one-day process, and you can’t attain those results with a pre-manufactured product.
  • They last longer and give you a greater return on your investment. Custom window treatments are a better quality and the materials used are thicker and more durable.
  • You have a wider variety of colors. You cannot walk into a standard store and get a custom pantone color to match your furniture or color scheme. That takes a certain amount of work and customization to make that happen. With custom window treatments, you have a choice of what color you want and need to complete your vision.
  • You get the exact size you need. Whether your window is round, small or eight feet long, you can have it in the style, size and color you desire.
  • You get one-on-one service. You get to work with a designer that can introduce you to options you didn’t know existed, opening your eyes to many different selections to choose from. With customized service, you will make better choices on what will work within your room.

What’s the right choice for me?

Making the right choice takes direction from the pros. Arjay’s Window Fashions provides superior turn-key service to walk you through the entire process. If you want the best in Southern California for interior and exterior custom window treatments, look no further. Arjay’s got you covered!

What Cell Size is Best? – Honeycomb Shades and Cellular Shades Sizes Explained

Shopping for window shades can be a bit difficult if you aren’t sure what you are looking for. When it comes to cellular shades (also referred to as honeycomb shades) selecting the right cell size is imperative to the look and fit of your window covering. Often, cell size is determined by the size of the six-sided shaped made when the two fabric pieces of the window treatment come together. Here is a brief primer on different cell sizes to help get you started.

Small Cellular Shades

3/8-inch cellular shades are considered small window shades. They look best placed in a small window, both due to the restricted size requirement of the space and the proportionate petite size of the fabric pieces. Kitchen windows or those that are bathroom windows are great candidates for small honeycomb / cellular shades, as they can insulate while still adding style.

Mid-Size Cellular Shades

1/2-inch and 9/16-inch honeycomb / cellular shades are considered mid-size window shades. They are perfect for smaller-sized living room, bedroom, and office windows that would not be considered either large or small. In fact, mid-size shades with these cell sizes are the more commonly installed than small or large designs. Due to their popularity, mid-size cellular shades are often available with added features, such as light-blocking and UV filtering fabrics.

Large Cellular Shades

Large honeycomb shades are generally classified as anything around 3/4-inch in cell size. Most often, these shades are used for large picture windows and even in commercial settings. Due to the expansive look of this style of window covering, large cellular shades are often available in a wide range of patterns and designs for added pizzazz.

Of course, knowing the measurements of your window and talking to an expert prior to purchase is often the best way to understand if a cellular shade will be the perfect match for your window.

For more information on window shades, including honeycomb and cellular shades, please contact our team at Arjay’s Window Fashions today.

Does Window Film Provide Energy Saving Benefits?

You know all the regular tricks of energy saving. You make sure your windows are caulked and that there are no leaks in the seal. But did you know that your windows are still permeable no matter how pristine they are? That’s where window films come in. They are one of the most cost effective ways to keep your home warmer in the winter, and since your heating is likely your biggest culprit of energy usage in your home, they are definitely worth the investment.

What is a window film?

Just like the car tinting on your windows, a window film is a sheet of clear polyester with a slight tinting agent on it. Once it is applied, it allows the visible light in, but prevents the infrared light from entering. Because it adds an extra layer of protection to your windows, it also keeps the warm air in your home during the cold winter months.

Are all window films the same?

No, they are not. There are actually several different types out there, each with varying levels of blockage. However, not all of them are suitable for every space. For example, highly-reflective window films may work well, but they dramatically impact visibility, which makes them not very practical for home usage. The same goes for standard tinted window films. However, the new Low-E window films provide maximum visibility while still being extremely effective.

Do I need them on all of my windows?

No, you really only need them on the windows that get direct sunlight, so the eastern and western-facing ones. That being said, if your main goal is to keep the heat in your home during the winter, the films will definitely not hurt anything and can have a substantial benefit on your energy saving.

Can I install them myself?

Can you? Yes. Should you? Probably not. Have you ever seen a car where the person tried to tint the windows themselves? It never turns out quite right. The same goes for the installation of window films. A professional has the know-how and expertise to install each window film with the precision needed to give you a flawless finished look.