Many of us look forward to the change of seasons. That's especially true this year, as we all look for ways to break up monotonous routines. My oldest daughter loves fall and misses it in Houston, Texas, where she currently lives. (She describes two seasons there, hot and hotter!) Working remotely has allowed her the opportunity to make a trip home this week to experience this beautiful season at its peak here in Maryland. A trip to Harpers Ferry last weekend was enjoyable and a well deserved break for all of us!

There's something about fall, with its riot of color and drop in temperatures, that is restorative. As we spend more time indoors during the colder seasons, our homes are even more so our safe havens, especially during this crazy COVID year.

With the change of seasons comes shorter days and changing light, creating different needs for function and comfort. This month’s article features a guide to finding the right window treatments for each room in your home.

The holidays are just around the corner and Hunter Douglas' Season of Style Savings Event offers rebates on popular and funtional window coverings. Treat yourself this holiday season!

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Since we’re all spending more time at home these days — whether working from home, going to school, or just refraining from too many public outings — many of us are looking at our homes differently and in particular, our windows. For us, the holiday rush has started early and not because people are readying their homes for the holidays, but because with the additional time spent at home, the need for function and comfort is more apparent and window coverings offer much needed privacy or light control.

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Window Placement — The side of the house they’re on and the direction your windows face may dictate your need for privacy or light control. Are you exposed to a road or close to your neighbors? Do you have an East facing bedroom window? Does the family room face South or West? Are the windows easily reachable?  All of these things should be considered when determining your needs for privacy, light control and ease of operation.
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Mounting options — The depth of your windows will determine if it’s possible to install window shades inside the window casing. A 3” casing depth will fit most shade headrails, leaving your trim molding around the window exposed. Don’t have the room for an inside mount? There are several shades with low profile headrails that will fit unobtrusively on the window frame.
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Specialty shaped windows — No doubt, there are lots of windows that architecturally make a statement. However, where those specialty shaped windows are placed in a room should be carefully considered as window covering options, particularly operable ones, may be limited.

Would you like that Automated? Motorized shades offer ease of operation and added safety. With today’s technology, most window coverings can be tied into your home automation system and/or programmed to open and close at specified times of the day. They can be battery operated or hard wired.
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Preserving the view — so often we’re asked for the best option for treatments that offer light control while preserving the view. There are several sheer style shadings that softly filter the light while offering view through, as well as complete privacy at night. Traversing sheers are another nice option for a wall of windows. They frame the view when drawn open and provide privacy and warmth when drawn closed without the look and feel of heavier, lined drapery panels.

The benefit of custom window coverings is that they are sized to your space, with your individual priorities in mind. Blinds, shades, and shutters each offer different aesthetics and degrees of privacy and light control. If you’re looking to add or replace your window treatments, with just a few basic considerations you can be confident in your selection of window coverings for your home. Not quite sure where to start, we invite you to peruse our online portfolio for inspiration and ideas.
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Aegean Teal 2136-40 is Benjamin Moore 's pick for color of the year for 2021. A soothing color choice, mixing this Mediterranenean blue-green hue into your home decor is a great way to create a comfortable, tranquil space for you and your family. Consider updating your furnishings and walls with this refreshing teal for the upcoming new year.
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