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A Shade Better – The Benefits of Window Treatments

Blinds, shades, and draperies are a great addition to any home. They’re not only functional, they add style and personality. These window treatments are available in a variety of styles to suit all your doors and windows. Whether providing a splash of color or simply offering shade, they are an integral part of your décor.

Privacy and light control are the most obvious benefits that window treatments offer. Whether you need to shut out the outside world or desire day or nighttime blackout and room darkening features, there are a range of styles, from vertical and horizontal window blinds to exterior porch and patio shades. Blinds come in a variety of sizes, slat widths, and colors with finishes that resist dust, stains, and scratches. Shades also offer an assortment of choices, such as roller, roman, cellular, and layered fabric, all designed to suit each room’s windows, furnishings, and lifestyle.

Window coverings also conserve energy, helping keep rooms seasonably warm or cool. Energy efficient cellular shades insulate windows, reducing energy costs year round. Honeycomb shades have a layered design that traps air, creating an effective barrier between room and window. These cellular shades offer a noise reduction cushion too.

Another important feature is the UV protection blinds and shades offer.  Not only does your family benefit from this protection, but your furnishings, draperies and accessories, and floor coverings do too.  Products such as the Graber Lightweave Solar Shades, available in a variety of fabrics, address glare and UV ray issues.

As concerned as the window treatment industry is about providing functional products, they also incorporate family friendly features. Graber for instance, offers features such as tension pulleys and specially designed tassel cords that reduce entanglement risk.

Need help choosing the right window treatments? Graber, in the business for over 70 years, offers their tips and insight here. HGTV has great ideas at their site too, with a library of videos, photo galleries, and advice for every room in the house. And if you need more inspiration, check out the great assortment of practical and fun suggestions from Better Homes and Gardens.

Don’t forget, we sell and install custom window treatments too, including blinds, shades, shutters, and drapery fabric. Our featured brands include Graber, Withers, Lafayette, and Timber. We offer free in home consultation, measurement, and the help you need to outfit all your doors and windows. (Be sure and check out the details below for the Graber sale happening now.)

The right window treatments don’t just frame and cover the glass, they are durable and offer purpose and personality. Choose blinds, shades, and draperies that reflect your style, creating a useful and inviting environment for your family.