What are my needs for privacy?
This is a most important question because your safety and security is directly related to what is at the window. Expert Blinds has products that range from sheer to privacy, as well as many degrees in between. It's a very individual process. Some people could live in a fish bowl. I, personally, could not. I require total privacy to feel safe and secure. Also, your needs for privacy in the bedroom probably will be different than your needs in the dining room. So this is the question to start with.
What direction does the window face?
Is it a warm sunny, window? If it's south or west, you could be experiencing a room that heats up, but you also have another problem; your furniture or carpet might be fading as we speak. If this is your problem, Expert Blinds has energy-efficient products that are beautiful. Not only are they gorgeous, but they will keep your room cooler and filter the harsh sunlight. What this means is not only a savings in your cooling bill, but you will enjoy your furniture and carpet for a longer time. Consider pleated shades or honeycomb shades.
What are my needs for light control?
When you think of operating functions of window coverings, some go up and down. Roller shades are a good example. You can stop a roller shade anywhere you want, but you can't really control the light. If light control is the issue, I recommend a product that has a louver. It can be a louver that is either horizontal or vertical. Now, what has a louver? Aluminium Venetian blinds, Wood Venetian blinds, Silhouette window shadings, verticals or Privacy Sheers. With verticals, wooden and aluminium, you can redirect the light and can completely change the complexion of a room by rotating or tilting the slats.
How do my windows open, and do I open them often?
Some windows open up, some out and some in, while some go side-to-side. There is no standard window. This is an important question to ask yourself, because you might design a beautiful window covering, but if it doesn't fit the function, it will be useless. I personally love wood blinds, in fact, I have several rooms with wood blinds. In my family room, I have a sliding door that gets used a lot. It's open for ventilation, and to hear the music of water in our outdoor fountains. As much as I love wood blinds, I would never put one on my sliding door. It's too heavy to lift, and takes up too much stacking space at the top of the door. It would look gorgeous, but it doesn't fit the function of the window. There are better choices, such as Panel Blinds or Vertical blinds that can both be purchaised from Expert Blinds
What is my budget?
Let's be honest, window coverings are a investment in your home. Expert Blinds has products to fit just about any budget. You might love the shadings, but they might stretch your budget too much. If that's the case, look at the new shadings. They have the look at a lesser price. You might like wood blinds, but if they're not in your budget try roller blinds which are everlasting, ever beautiful - practical, elegant and affordable.
What feeling do you want to create in your rooms?
Is your dream a room that is elegant, soft and romantic, casual and comfortable, clean and contemporary, classic and traditional, or, maybe, cluttered and personalized? I have found most consumers have a gut feeling about what they want this room to say about them. This is elementary because it happens before you even know color or style.
What color are you thinking of using?
When I ask consumers what their color scheme is I generally hear just two colors. For example, purple or green. Now, this is not a wrong answer, but most prints are designed around three colors. Think about a triadic color scheme, an analogous or split complementary color scheme. All use three colors to create harmony. What you have is a base color, a contrasting color and an accent color.What qualifies a color as an accent? It is the least used color in the room but it adds such pizzazz. You need a plan. Remember the purple and green? How about adding a soft gold to the mix? It would be magnificent! For a color to qualify as an accent color, it must be used at least three places in the room. Places you could add an accent color include pillows, matting on a picture frame, floral arrangements, a vase or decorative accessories. Your window covering color could qualify, too. When selecting colors for your windows, think what effect you want to create. If you want the window to add drama and be a focal point, use contrasting colors to the wall color. On the other hand, if you want to make your window look larger, blend or coordinate your window and wall colors. At Expert Blinds we have every color you could possibly want, and others you could only dream about. Just remember, if you want a color to qualify as an accent color, you must use the color at least three places in the room. Less than three times it's not an accent it's an accident! If you have a room that is "blah", create visual interest. Take a good look at your room; can the introduction of a new color add the punch it needs?
How much texture do I need?
Do you understand the theory of texture? Use your imagination for a moment. Imagine fabrics and surfaces that are smooth, sleek or shiny. Think of silk, satin, crystal, mirror or marble. The feeling that results from these objects is dressy. Think now of fabrics and surfaces that have a lot of texture. Think of Berber, stone, brick, corduroy, basketry or pottery. This feeling is more casual. If you want to dress up a room, introduce smooth, sleek or shiny. If you want a more casual atmosphere, introduce texture.
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