Shutters – A Great Window Treatment Idea
Shutters are a traditional window treatment that provides a classic feel and warmth to any room. There are many design and style options available making them as versatile as they are beautiful. But you may be asking, “What is the definition of a shutter and how is it different than a window blind?”
Here’s a great definition of a basic shutter: “A window shutter is a solid and stable window covering usually consisting of a frame of vertical stiles and horizontal rails (top, centre and bottom).” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Window_shutter
A traditional shutter has smaller louvers approximately 1 ¾ inches wide, which sit in a frame that’s approximately ¾ inch thick. They were originally made to be installed on the interior of a home and were first made popular in the Northeastern states.
Plantation shutters, on the other hand, have larger louvers and the frames are thicker than those of traditional shutters. The size and sturdiness of the Plantation Shutter made it suitable for them to be installed on the exterior of homes on plantation estates in the South, which is how they got their name. The heavier construction and serves a functional purpose of protecting the home from the elements.
Ideas For Interior Window Shutters
We had an opportunity to install interior shutters in several rooms in a home in Maumee Ohio, a suburb of Toledo. They were a great choice to bring out the elegance of the home while providing the functionality of needed for each individual window. Using shutters in various rooms created a theme of timeless tradition while using different styles and colors of shutters in each room added an understated contemporary design, which carried throughout the entire home. This combination of traditional design and contemporary flair is something that shutters can add to that special home!
How Shutters Can Be Used In A Bathroom
Shutters offer a lot of versatility. One idea is using a window shutter with a divider rail, which separates the shutter into two sections: a top and bottom. The louvers of each section can open and close independently. As you can see in the above photos, this allows you to have the degree of privacy and light control that you would like. The matching color of the louvers and frame blend beautifully with the wall and provide a nice accent to the room.
One thing to be aware of is where the interior shutters will be installed. If they will be used in an area that has a lot of moisture such as a bathroom or above a sink in the kitchen, you may want to consider using a material other than wood, such as a composite material. The reason is that the wood can absorb water over a period of time, resulting in warpage.
You also may want to think about how these window treatments will be used, as this can determine the type of design that will be best for your use. For example, there are many options for the tilt rod that controls how the louvers are open and closed. The rod can be in the center, off to the side and can affect the overall look of the installation of the shutter itself.
Shutters are considered by many to be “furniture custom designed for your window”. And it’s true! They provide function, decor and a classic elegance that’s unique to any other window treatment.
If you think that shutters may be an idea for your home or office, please feel free to contact me and schedule a no-obligation decorating consultation. We’ll be happy to show you the many options that available.
A Great Alternative To Vertical Blinds
So many people ask about what they can use on a sliding glass patio door instead of vertical blinds. A great option is Sliding Panel Track Blinds. As you might expect from the name, these are panels that traverse across a track much like a vertical.
There are different types of material, including fabric, that are available in different textures and colors. The panels can be pulled all the way to one side or completely closed. The type of material would determine the amount of light that enters the room. Another advantage is that the material can be selected to blend in or contrast the colors of the room.
With contemporary homes, it’s common to have sliding glass doors in semi-formal rooms so panel track blinds are an option that would provide more control over the decor of the room. Keep in mind that if you have kids or pets, you’ll want to consider the type of material and color. Another great feature is that these blinds come with a matching valance, which adds a finished look to your window treatments.
So, if you’re stumped with the common question of what type of window treatment you can use instead of the typical vertical blind, consider a Panel Track Blind.
Vertical Blinds With Style
Vertical blinds are popular window treatments with homeowners in the Toledo OH are Verticals are practical window coverings, providing privacy and light control. But clients ask me, “Is there an alternative to vertical blinds?” Actually, there is!
Sheer Vertical Blinds
These combine the benefits of a vertical blind with the elegance of sheers. One of the hottest trends in window fashions is Window Shadings, which are similar to Silhouettes® by Hunter Douglas®. Window Shadings are horizontal window treatments. Imagine turning them on end so the vanes are “vertical” (ie, “up and down”) and you’ll know what vertical sheers are all about.
The vanes are made of heavy fabric material, not the thick PVC material used on your typical vertical blind. Sheer fabric is between each of the vanes. And there are plenty of choices in style and color of material to match any decor. The variety of materials and options makes it easy for these elegant window treatments to go in any room of your home.
And just like Window Shadings, you’ll be pleasantly surprised how affordable they are.
So, if you’re looking for an alternative to vertical blinds, add some style and elegance to your home with Window Shadings – sheer vertical blinds.
Window Treatment Ideas For Sliding Glass Doors
Bellagio Window Fashions of Toledo Ohio is offering a new style of cellular shade, solving several home decor challenges with one window treatment.
“If you’re looking for blinds for sliding glass doors, you may want to consider this idea. New trends in window treatments call for a contemporary look. But also important is for homeowners to have more options in how window covering can be customized in order to adapt to their individual requirements,” said Rose Heckman-Hinkle, owner of Bellagio Window Fashions. “Our new 2-inch Hybrid Pleat Shade has some creative design features that have never been available before in one window covering.”
The shade is made of a cellular shade but when mounted in the handrail resembles a Roman Shade because of the over-sized pleats. “And Roman Shades are one of the hottest trends in home décor right now,” said Heckman. “Because of the honeycomb design, this has greater insulation capabilities than a window blind,” she added”.
The Hybrid shade has a vertical design option so that it can be used on sliding glass doors and other large windows. “Many Toledo area homeowners have been asking for window treatment ideas for sliding glass doors,” commented the owner of Bellagio Window Fashions. “And even better, now the window treatments on your sliding glass doors can match the window shades in your living room.”
Another design option is the Tandem Shade, featuring a back liner mounted as roller shades. Adding to the custom-made look, the liner can be made from sheer fabric, screen mesh or blackout fabric. “This way, a homeowner can have cellular shades with blackout material, which is another popular decorating trend in window fashion design. The additional features of the shade make it even more practical than the standard choice of blinds and shades”, added Heckman.
The 2-Inch Pleated shade is available with more control options, including:
Motorized Remote Control – Raising and lowering the window shade by remote control
Cordless Lift – Cordless shades (with no strings) offer a clean look while taking into account child-safety.
Cordless Lift and Lock – A child safety feature that allows the shade to be lowered and raised through the use of a locking button.
Continuous Cord Loop – Designed to raise and lower shades on larger windows
Two Shades on One Head rail – Two independently functioning window shades sharing the same head rail.
Vertical Window Treatments – An alternative to vertical blinds, a modern design that can be used on sliding glass doors, large living room windows, closets and even as room dividers.
Top-Down/Bottom-Up – Shades that open from top and bottom together or that can be lowered from the top and raised from the bottom for greater privacy and light control.
Trilight Shades – A combination of a pleated, sheer shade on top and a 2″ Hybrid Pleat shade on the bottom, for UV protection and additional privacy.
Heckman concluded with, “The Hybrid Shade is one of the most practical window coverings available on the market. And, they look great! I’m happy that Bellagio Window Fashions in Toledo is able to add this unique shade to our line of custom window treatments.”
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Window Treatments For Offices
Recently we installed roller shades in the conference room of Toledo office of the Attorney General of Ohio.
These are roller shades that add a classic look. Very tastefully done, very economical and very functional. We included the fascia front in stead of the typical window treatment valance you often find. This adds a much nicer, “finished” look to the window treatment. Great idea for shades for tall windows!
Window Treatments Review On Houzz.com
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This was for a beautiful home in Maumee, OH. (A very fun project!)
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Cellular Shades On Large Windows
Recently installed cellular shades (Honeycomb shades) in a Recreation Room in a home in Maumee, OH. Very large windows (110-inches wide). This is one wall of window shades that we installed. Love the wood trim along the windows!
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Valances For Bay Windows
This bay window project had several different parts. We needed to install cellular shades (“honeycomb shades”). And then make a custom curtain valance that would cover the shades
when the shades were pulled up. We used cordless lift cellular shades. No cords are especially great if you have kids or pets. Cordless shades also provide a clean look without having to contend with cords and trying to tuck them out of sight.
Window Valance In Bay Window
We made a custom valance out of a light fabric. Another factor that had to be considered was the custom on the window seat of the bay window. Everything had to be coordinated. What was challenging about this project (and most involving bay windows) is the tight angles and corners. The shades have to be wide enough to cover the windows but getting the ends of the shades to fit in place on each side is something that can be difficult to do. Adding a valance and having that fit snuggling just adds to the challenge. When a project finally comes together, it’s a great feeling. Cellular shades with a custom valance are a great combination together in a bay window.
Sidelights windows on a front door are fairly common. But this is something that is rather unique: a transom window on the same door!
Front Door Window Blinds
This door needed blinds for two sidelight windows and the transom window above the door. Transom windows can be tricky because they are treated as a window but they are smaller than a typical window. Depending upon the particular blinds, it can be difficult to get the exact size needed to fit the window. And then you have to be concerned with the window depth, especially for sidelight window coverings. Ideally, the transom window should extend (or be recessed) the same amount as the sidelight windows.
To get more information about sidelight window treatments on the front door or sidelight blinds, call Bellagio Window Fashions at 419-381-2700.