Have you struggled with window treatments in your home? Perhaps you feel like you're living in a fishbowl with all the traffic outside and nothing to screen you from it. Or maybe you're in a small space that you'd like to make look bigger. Here are six neat things you can try in your home to solve some of your window treatment dilemmas.
1. Separate the top from the bottom.
Do you have a great view outside your home or wonderful light that you'd like to let in, but there's just too much traffic to appreciate it and still enjoy your privacy? Try blinds that open from the top down, instead of the traditional way. Another solution is to use double-hung plantation shutters that allow you to adjust the top and bottom louvers separately. You can have the best of both worlds.
2. Use inexpensive bathroom screening.
If you've found window films for bathroom privacy on the expensive side, try this trick. Use clear contact paper instead--it looks like frosted glass when you apply it to a window. You can even use stencils and cut nesting shapes out of the contact paper to create an interesting pattern on the window. Use a squeegee to remove air bubbles, and measure first to determine placement.
3. Try higher end bamboo blinds.
If you like the look of bamboo blinds but think they're too sheer, think again. Instead of buying them from a discount store, order them from a window treatment specialist. You can add a privacy screen, or for even more protection, a blackout screen to the back side of the blinds.
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4. Don't sweat keeping your mini blinds clean.
If you have mini blinds, you've probably been challenged to keep them clean. Here's a solution for you: put an old sock on your hand and dip it in a solution of vinegar and water. Run it along the blinds to get every bit of dust and grime. You can also use a cleaning rag wrapped around a pair of regular kitchen tongs.
5. Use visual tricks to give a sense of spaciousness.
Does your home look small with just mini blinds hanging in the windows? There's no rule that says you can't use two window treatments simultaneously. Hang your window blinds, then layer a set of curtains or drapes over the top, ceiling-to-floor and wider than your windows to trick the eye into thinking the room is larger than it is. You can also start your blinds higher than the window frame to make your windows look longer.
6. Try an innovative mini blind solution that really saves space.
Are you really hard up for space in your home? There's a mini blind on the market today that does double duty. When in place in your window frame, it functions as a conventional window treatment. You can pull the top down so the blind hangs ninety degrees from the wall and use it as a laundry drying rack. Now that's getting the most from your window coverings!
Don't let window concerns get you down. Try one of the tips above, and don't be afraid to use your imagination to come up with similar hacks. You just might start a new window treatment trend!
For more help, contact a company like Sylvans & Phillips Drapes and Blinds.