Window Treatments That Can Be Motorized – Part 2

Window shades Vs. Window filmIn our last blog post, we touched on a few of the different window treatments that you can take advantage of the motorized feature with. We are going to cover three other styles that you can have installed with the help of Arjay’s Window Fashions in Ventura.

Solar Shades

Nearly every home will be built in a way where one side of the home receives tons of sun in the morning and then the sun will shift towards the other half of the house later on in the afternoon. While natural light is so nice to have, it’s great to have the proper coverage to enjoy your time in that room without having to have the sun shining directly into your face. Solar shades are a fantastic window treatment to consider. These shades are installed on the exterior of your house so that you can continue to enjoy the view and get some natural light, without having to look at drapes or blinds covering the window. When you motorize these windows, you can use the motorized feature to raise and lower the shades, that way you don’t have to go all the way outside to open and close them.

Wood Blinds

These are a common choice in homes because they are durable, beautiful and a classic look. We were nearly convinced that they couldn’t get better, but they do, through the motorized feature that allows for them to open and close all through the control of a remote. If you are wanting a very classic and standardized look throughout your house, but want to make the most of this feature, you’re in luck because it’s entirely possible.

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If you’re looking for a different type of window covering that isn’t necessarily a set of blinds, you are going to be excited to hear that there are also drapes that you can have motorized for your home. These are a thick option that also provides quite a bit of efficiency for homes. Blinds are also available in a variety of colors, textures, and styles so that you can pick out a selection of drapes that will beautifully fit with the aesthetic of your home. These add a bit more of a flare to your windows and can be paired with a variety of window treatments, so if you’re thinking of doubling up your window coverings, having motorized drapes is something that you can definitely add on and feel confident that you won’t regret.

Arjay’s Window Fashions has a wide selection of window treatments that you can choose from, and many that you can take advantage of the motorized feature with. Stop by our showroom in Ventura and we can walk through the varieties of designs that you can choose from. When you stop in, our team can provide you with plenty of information as well on what types of blinds will work best for the room that you’re looking to add window treatments to, so it’s definitely worth stopping in for!

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Environmentally Friendly Window Coverings

Arjay’s Window Fashions exhibited in a “green” building show in Santa Barbara a few years ago and the questions asked by the attendees really made us think – when something is considered sustainable does that also mean it is green? And when someone is looking for something environmentally responsible, who’s environment are they concerned about – the environment inside their homes or outside their homes; or both.

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Window Treatment Secrets: How to Get the Window Treatments You Want Using These 5 Techniques!

Drapes or blinds?  Shades or café curtains?  The biggest priority when you are at a window treatment store choosing what you want is making the decision of which you prefer – light or privacy.  You may even decide that both of those things are desirable.  When you follow these professional tips, you will be making the right, informed decision.

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thanksgiving home decoration ideas

Top 5 Tips for Thanksgiving Home Decorations

thanksgiving home decoration ideas

Thanksgiving is time of joy and family gathering together to enjoy good food and each other. Every family has their own style of celebrating this holiday; some are more casual with a big concentration on football, while others find this to be a spiritual holiday. No matter how your family likes to celebrate, you want your home to be welcoming and at its best. Adding special decorations to your lovely home can put everyone in the mood to give thanks. Added decor can be as simple as darling salt and pepper shakers, a table centerpiece and special dishware. Or you can go further to update your window treatment in your dining room, reupholster furniture or get out Grandmother’s special tablecloth. Here are some suggestions on how you can spruce up your home this holiday season.

Cleaning and Preparation for Thanksgiving Home Decorations

Don’t leave all of your cleaning until the last minute. Take a week to thoroughly clean the public areas of the house that your guests will see. If the entire family chips in, you can get the work done quickly. If you live alone, hire a cleaning service to do the deep cleaning and you can do the surface cleaning before your event. You might as well save heavy duty carpet cleaning for after Thanksgiving, because you are bound to need it redone after the big meal.

Seasonal Decor

Many people switch out their decor in the fall, turning to the reds and gold that complement the season. You can pull out your heavier window treatments for your windows or replace your outer drapery and top treatment or swags reflecting the seasonal change. Other simple changes including seasonal kitchen towels, throw pillows for your couch and decor for your fireplace mantel are fun touches to add.

Renovations

Sometimes having people over can give you the incentive to get larger projects done. You may want to replace furniture, have a room painted or even get blinds for your front windows. If you plan on making these types of renovations before Thanksgiving, allow yourself enough time to get them done and clean afterwards.

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Setting the Table

Whether you are serving buffet style or a sit down meal, having a lovely table setting for Thanksgiving makes everything taste that much better. There are so many cute salt and pepper shakers for Thanksgiving that you can place on the table. You can add a Thanksgiving themed tablecloth or put together a beautiful centerpiece to pull everything together. Add napkins or napkin holders that match your decor, and any other decorative platters or bowls to make the meal extra special. Everyone will enjoy the adorable decorations when they sit down and eat.

Enjoying the Day

The best thing about Thanksgiving is how you can relax and enjoy the day with your family. Kicking back and watching the parade in your pajamas or watching football together is a lot of fun for everyone. For more holiday decorating ideas, contact Arjay’s Window Treatment.

Window Treatment Styles

Getting Started with Window Treatments

Window Treatment Styles

Many people don’t think much about window treatments when they move into their first apartment. Often, the windows are covered with inexpensive discount store blinds. While these serve their purpose — sort of, they are far from ideal. Many don’t stay in the position they are supposed to stay in, and not much time goes by before individual blind panels start to come loose and fall off.  Far from an ideal situation.  At some point, a person experiencing this comes to the conclusion that quality window treatments in Los Angeles really do matter.  So how do you choose which types of window treatments to get and where you will put them? Start by evaluating your needs, your budget, and your priorities.

Choosing What’s Important

If your budget doesn’t allow for you to have quality window treatments installed everywhere, you may need to start with one or two rooms.  Usually, the choice comes down to where you spend the most time, and where you gather with friends and family. Normally, this is the bedroom and the living room or family room. In the meantime, the kitchen and bathroom may still have lower quality placeholders (such as low cost blinds), until the budget allows for some upgrades.

Planning Your Upgrades for Window Treatment

You may want quality window treatments in every room that has a window, but simply wanting things does make them so. Without a plan to make it happen, it is nothing but a wish list. The wish list, however is a good place to start. Making that list should involve a balance of style and practicality. Ultimately, you will want something that looks good and remains durable. This is especially important if you have kids and/or pets.

In a kitchen, many choose options that are easy to clean, such as washable curtains or shades that hold up against smoke, grease, and general moisture. Blinds or shades that will repel moisture and that can easily be wiped clean are good options for bathrooms. Some choose to add a secondary window covering, such as a light weight curtain that will contribute to the decor, but still allow some natural light to come through.

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Considering Purpose and Function

Those cheap blinds that most people start with don’t do much more than offer basic privacy and block some of the light that comes in the window, but the function of window treatments can go beyond that. Some other benefits people draw from their treatments include

Providing a frame for a great view – Does your master bedroom window look out to a picturesque park, a beach, or some other scene that impresses you every time. When nature is gracious enough to give you such an artistic view, it’s only fair to give it a proper frame. Curtains can be a great choice in these cases, and some choose to apply a coordinating color scheme to the entire room’s decor. Some like to layer different window treatments in Los Angeles, such as fabric vertical blinds, sheers, and a thicker curtain with cornices on top. With layers, the look and feel of the treatments can be altered with ease.

Heat/Cold Insulation – If your home is prone to drafts or your room receives bursts of sun and the heat that comes with it, you may want to look at your window treatment’s ability to provide insulation. Honeycomb blinds are thought to be an energy efficient choice because they trap hot or cold air inside the individual cells.

Noise control – If you need a room to be quiet, such as a bedroom or office, using lots of fabric may be the key. Shades, sheers, and floor length draperies would create a completely sound proof space, but it will provide a decent buffer.

Finding Your Style

There’s something to be said for choosing window treatments just because you like them, but if you’re accustomed to cheap white blinds, it can be hard to pick a style. This is a good time to go back to your wish list. Make note of any types of window coverings that please you, as well as those that don’t. If you get help from others in making your final selection, having a “do’s and don’ts” list to draw from can be very helpful.

Proper measuring and installation

Good window treatments are an investment, and in the long run can save money. They make your home more inviting, spend less going out. Many treatments have energy efficient features that lead to lower utility bills controlling the amount of light entering a room, furniture is less vulnerable to fading.

If you are going to spend time and effort to pick out the right coverings, it’s important to make sure that everything looks the way that it should. Make sure measure spaces carefully, or get the help of a professional.

The Finishing Touches

One component you shouldn’t forget when picking out which window treatments to hang, is what you will want to hang them on.  Do you want to stick with simplistic brackets, or highly detailed curtain rods with fashionable ends? Some compare those bits of stylish hardware on the ends of window treatments with a great pair of earrings that finish off a great outfit. They can really complete the look.

Arjay’s Window Fashions is a full service window treatment provider that has been serving Southern California since 1975. The right window treatments can really transform a home, but sometimes it is necessary for that transformation to happen in stages. Arjay’s is ready with a great selection and professional knowledge to guide you every step of the way.