Jim Lee, Author at Royal Window Fashions
Jim Lee, Author at Royal Window Fashions
8
archive,author,author-jimlee,author-8,ajax_fade,page_not_loaded,, vertical_menu_transparency vertical_menu_transparency_on,qode-child-theme-ver-1.0.0,qode-theme-ver-6.3,wpb-js-composer js-comp-ver-5.1.1,vc_responsive
 

Author: Jim Lee

23 Jun Summer Color Shake Up

Summer is in full swing and for many it’s time to rethink their curtains. Summer’s bright vibrancy is a great style inspiration for your home’s curtain choices. Here’s some inspiration for summer color changes. Summer is bright and warm and colors that reflect that like yellow, orange and reds that can be inspired by the warm summersun. These colors are great for warm themed rooms or as a bright color pop in a neutral room like a living room or kitchen with other accented items to bring the room together. If you prefer subtler colors try coral for a tropical and light feeling to a bedroom. Nautical themes and style accents are almost always in style and look especially great during the summer; the navy blue and white of common nautical themes bring light and summery vibes to any study or living room.

Fabrics can also help shake up your home when it comes to curtain choices. Light linens in white can help keep a room summer ready. Cotton curtains are great for keeping rooms cool and their wide variety of colors and patterns make them great options for almost any room of the house.Summery pattern options include wide stripes, large dots and color blocks. Color blocked curtains can be fantastic Summer style addition to white or neutral colored curtains like coral and white or yellow with orange. Wide navy stripes on white or white with large navy stripes can make a feel nautical almost instantly.

Summer’s bright colors and warm temperatures are fantastic additions to any home. Don’t be afraid to bring in summer’s vibrancy into any room of your home and since curtains can be easily changed out summer is a great time for a style update if you’re looking to liven up any room in your home.

Read More

09 Jun For the Love of Shade

Summer is in full swing and it’s heating up for many parts of the country. Summer often also means outdoor entertaining, which can get hot quickly during these months. An awning or exterior shade can help guard your patio and outdoor spaces from the sun’s harmful rays. There is a big difference between an awning and an exterior shade though both keep patios and outdoor spaces cool. An awning is an exterior covering that is usually motorized but can also be hand operated that extends to cover a patio or outdoor space. An exterior shade is usually along a flat surface and doesn’t extend out but still blocks sunlight by acting as an interior shade would but made out of a more sturdy material that can stand up to the elements.

What’s the benefit of installing an exterior shade or awning? An awning or set of exterior shades are a good way to reclaim outdoor spaces from the oppressive summer heat. In addition to protecting from sunlight awnings and exterior shades can also keep away pests like bugs away from patios and other outdoor spots. Having a covered, cool space makes backyard barbecues, social gatherings or just relaxing outside even more enjoyable. Exterior shades are easy to care for and only require the occasional wipe down if they have a spot or stain on them. Awnings do require a bit more care. When you’re ready to go back inside just roll your awning back in using either its motorized mechanism or retract your awning with the hand-powered mechanism. A good rinse with a water hose should suffice to clean your awning most of the time from common concerns like debris, leaves and dirt. Awnings come in a wide variety of fabric choices from more sturdy and durable choices to lighter options.

 

Caring for awnings and exterior shades is far from daunting and is a great way to relish in the summer sun without things getting too sunny. Proper care will help ensure that your awning or exterior shade will be a valuable investment for years to come. If you’re ready to take back your patio, call Royal Window fashions for a consolation on awnings or exterior shades.

Read More

30 May Storing Your Drapes and Curtains

Spring cleaning means storage for some curtains you might want to switch out for the season or just change to try something new. But storing curtains and drapes can be a hassle, and improper storage can lead to rips and tears and even fade colors. Luckily, there’s a right way to store drapes and curtains that ensures they’ll remain in great condition.

Once you’ve taken your drapes down, give them a good pat down to remove any dust. Take them to the dry cleaners and have them professionally cleaned to prevent any risk of damaging more delicate fabrics. If your drapes or curtains are clean, take them down and proceed to the next step.

Roll your drapes or curtains out on a clean part of the floor. Fold them in half first to make them easier to manage, and if need be, in half again. Most drapes can be simply folded, but silk, tulle or more delicate fabric can be rolled and placed in a storage tube to keep them safe from damaging sunlight and creases that can become tears.

Storing drapes and curtains for a move? Rolling them up and storing them in tubes is a great way to keep them from wrinkling too much and this method works on drapes of nearly all sizes. Once you’re ready to use them again simply unroll them and hang them back up.

Once you’ve rolled or folded up your drapes, it’s time to put them away. You can store rolled drapery in tubes or even old wrapping paper tubes.  Sturdier drapes can be simply folded and placed in an air-tight container that’s off the ground and away from creepy crawlies and possible moisture or light damage.

Ready to bring your favorite drapes out of storage? Give them a good steam to remove any wrinkles after they’re unfolded and simply hang them back up. Stashing your curtains doesn’t have to be a hassle, just make sure you store them the right way to keep them bright, beautiful, and to avoid any damage.

Read More

17 May Fun Fabric Choices for Drapery and Curtains

Fabric choices are a key part of choosing your homes drapes and curtains. While it was in fashion to pick just one traditional fabric, it’s now more in vogue to change up fabrics based on the room and even based on the season. Let’s discover a few new and fun options for fabric that can make beautiful drapes and curtains.

Silk

Depending on the thread count, silk can be heavy and luxurious or light and airy. Color can also greatly influence how silk looks in a room.  A dark silk curtain with a damask print can be a dramatic statement curtain in a bedroom, or a light white silk curtain can open up a kitchen or dining room.

Velvet

There’s nothing more breath-taking than a stunning velvet drape.  Velvet drapery can add mystery to a study or office that will also block out sunlight very effectively.  Velvet will keep rooms warm and can even be used in a bedroom to frame a chair or bench underneath a window.

Linen

Light, breezy and cooling linen makes any dining room, bedroom, or living room feel like a summer beach house. Don’t be afraid to use a colorful linen for a bright pop of color to any room.  Linen can also be used against bay windows for a nautical feel to a room or small kitchen window to keep a room open and bright by allowing in lots of natural light.

Tulle

Light, colorful and fun tulle can be used as a window covering in a child’s bedroom, playroom or even against a main window. Tulle will block some light but will also keep things cool in a room. The beauty of tulle is its diversity: it comes in a wide variety of colors that can add whimsy to any room.

When you’re ready to make a fun fabric choice for your home, contact Royal Window Fashions for a free in-home consultation.

Read More

22 Apr Spring Drapery Design Tips

Spring is in the air. Many are cleaning our homes and for even more people it’s time for a Spring-inspired look for their homes. Here are a few helpful tips on bringing Spring into the home. An important note to make is the difference between curtains and drapes. Curtains are sheer lighter panels of fabric that hang on a rod and are closer to the window. Drapes are typically made from heavier fabrics that make a bolder design statement, and are usually more formal in appearance.

How drapes are pleated and held can dramatically change the appearance of a room.

An elegant Josephine cut can make a dramatic and elegant statement. Pleats can also add to the to the formality of a dining room or study like a goblet pleat.

For more informal looks: tabbed tops are traditional and easygoing. Slouch draperies can make a bedroom more inviting and brighter.

An inverted pinch pleat can take the normally formal pleats and add some fun to them. A grommet top can be informal or formal depending on the color selection.

Curtain and drapery rods are a good way to add expression to the room. A fleur de lis, or other pattern or shape can add personality to a room.A ball-shaped end to a curtain rod can be informal and casual. A bell-shaped curtain rod end piece can add elegance and grace.

Rings depending on size and color can be versatile additions to any room be it study, bedroom or dining room.

The way drapes are hung can also radically change a room’s appearance. A reverse hourglass gives off a homey but sophisticated vibe. A full hourglass is formal: perfect for any dinner party.

Contact Royal Window Fashions today to schedule an in-home appointment to measure, select the perfect fabrics, design, fabricate and install your fine draperies in time for your next special event.

Read More
PERSONA™ Custom Graphic Shades

18 Apr Make a Statement with Graphic Shades

Have a favorite sports team? Love a certain color? Really want your neighbors to know just how much you love a certain comic book or cartoon character? Royal Windows Fashions offers graphic shades to home and business owners. Let’s talk about graphic shades and what they can do for your home or business.

Graphic shades are shades installed on nearly any window that provide a custom fun way to express yourself. You can pick nearly image you want: a sports team logo, a beloved cartoon character or even a custom image or logo. Your image is printed onto the custom shades using computer graphics and printing technology.

Royal Window Fashions will come out to measure your windows for a custom fit. After they’re finished printing, Royal Window Fashions will install your custom graphic shades.Once they’re installed, whenever you close your shades, you’ll be showing off your custom graphic or logo!

Graphic shades are a great advertising option for businesses as well. Restaurants, retail shops and even bars can benefit from being even more visible on the street level with an eye-catching custom graphic on their windows.

Graphic shades are a fun, creative and exciting way to show your support for a favorite team, show off political affiliations or even advertise your business.

Anytime someone passes your home, retail location or office their eyes will be caught by a beautiful custom shade on your windows. If you’re ready for your quote and estimate towards graphic shades: contact Royal Window Fashions today.

Read More
Draperies - Fabrics

31 Mar The Truth About Patterns in Drapery

Patterns are an inventive way to bring personality to a room. It was once a design taboo to use patterns in drapes or curtains but they’re now an accepted design practice since some of the older outdated thought on interior design have been updated for a new era. Here’s the low down on some of the most popular patterns you can use as window furnishings.

 

Chevrons

Chevrons whether they’re big and bold or smaller and more subtle can add a chic hint to any room. Chevrons are commonly done in a dark or neutral color and that makes them nearly universally appealing. You can use a chevron pattern in bedrooms, studies and living rooms.

Lines and Stripes

Lines and stripes have a wide variety of design effects on a room. Depending on their placement, thickness and color they can lengthen a room, shorten it or make it look more cozy and homey. Thick lines can make a dramatic impression. Thin lines lengthen a wall. Stripes in primary colors can block light and keep rooms cool and dark.

Dots

Polka dotted curtains may seem childish but their youthful appeal looks stunning against neutral color palettes. Large dots can let in patches of sunlight and can bring character to a study, craft room or bedroom. Smaller dots can look good in nearly any room and dots in various colors can add a pop of personality and color.

Color Blocks

Big, bold blocks of color add a vibrant pop of color to any room. Against a neutral wall, it’s a stunning addition to any living or dining room. Popular color combinations are chocolate brown and teal, black and white, navy blue and white as well as nearly any pastel and white. Color blocked curtains can be used in bedrooms, living rooms and dining rooms.

 

We’ve barely scratched the surface on patterns and window furnishings. These patterns can show off personality, be warm or cool, inviting or make a strong statement in a room. If you’re looking to try a new pattern in your home, contact Royal Window Furnishings for an in-home consultation!

Read More

29 Feb 4 Reasons to Invest in Custom Window Treatments

Shopping for window treatments can be hard, especially as a new homeowner. There are many options out there and given that custom window treatments can be an investment, the stakes can feel high. If your head is spinning, relax! That’s what we’re here for.

Making the right decisions for your windows can yield massive benefits for your home’s look and feel, so it’s important to get the best bang for your buck. At Royal Window Fashions, we can ensure that treatments are made to fit YOUR home and will last you longer than something off the rack—saving you money in the long run.

Our experts will help you choose the right treatments for your home in order to reap the following benefits of a custom window design.

  1. Size — Did you know that you can have the ‘same size’ window in a room but the measurements may not be the same? Some windows that look the same can actually vary in size due to the building process. With customization, the treatments are made to fit the exact size of the window.
  2. Fabrics — It won’t be a guessing game while you stand in an aisle thinking – what color are those accent pillows again? Your fabrics will be matched to the paint and furniture in your home. Drapery fabrics that you purchase through a showroom are also much better quality than what you would get in a do-it-yourself store.
  3. Light — By simply making adjustments to the amount of light entering in a room, window treatments have the ability to transform the appearance of a space. A custom design accents a theme or rhythm in a room and helps control light in the way you need it to be controlled. The complete look also adds value to your home.
  4. Height, Color, and Depth — The right window treatments enhance the features of a home and can even create illusions depending on where and how they are placed. For instance, hanging panels or drapes that flow from the ceiling to the floor can create the illusion of height. Layering draperies can add warmth, texture and depth to a space. Sometimes a minimalist treatment is ideal. For example, homes that are elaborately furnished need a simple background. Placing plain blinds composed of neutral colors would add some depth, but doesn’t make the interior look overdone.

The truth is, no amount of research beats going to a showroom to see and touch the options that are available. While you’re there, order swatches of fabrics and materials that interest you so you can see how they will look in your home.

Ready to transform your living space and add value to your home? Call Royal Window Fashions today to schedule an in-home or office visit! (210) 528-1340

 

Sources: Fine Designs & Interiors and Maggie’s Shutters

Read More

20 Feb Plantation Shutters – Add Value to Your Home Interior

Many associate traditional plantation shutters with the historical height of the South, reminiscing about old plantations and huge, grandiose mansions. Although plantation shutters did gain their popularity and unique style during this time, shutters date back to ancient Greece.

Shutters were originally designed to serve three basic functions: light control, ventilation, and protection. Although they still serve these purposes today, modern shutters also serve a much more decorative function.

Custom shutters elevate the design of any room, as they look more like an architectural element than a window treatment. Plantation shutters provide a simple and stylish solution that compliments almost every style of interior design from traditional to contemporary, while helping improve your home’s resale value thanks to their universal appeal. They are also versatile and less expensive than custom draperies.

If you have a home with gorgeous windows, you want to make sure you choose the perfect window covering so you can enjoy every aspect of your windows. For a classic look, choose white plantation shutters to lighten up your home and offer a timeless and inviting addition to a room’s décor. This classic look works great in kitchens, bathrooms, and bedrooms. If you’re looking for a more elegant and refined look, a dark wood variety is the perfect fit for home offices, dining rooms, or the master bedroom.

Royal Window Fashions offers both premium quality hardwood, and reinforced poly plantation shutters. Our hardwood shutters offer the classic quality, beauty and elegance of North American Basswood. Featuring custom paints and stains, our fine furniture quality hardwood shutters are sure to help increase the value of your home.

Our poly plantation shutters are a beautifully engineered wood substitute option, and are manufactured with the best compound and highest technology.

All of our shutters feature furniture quality construction at critical joints to ensure they will not come apart. And to back up our promise, all Royal Window Fashions shutters come with a written Limited Lifetime Warranty! Call (210) 528-1340 today for a consultation.

 

(Source: Houzz, Budget Blinds, ThePlantationShutterCo)

Read More

16 Feb Organic Materials Rule Window Treatments in 2016

Just like any trend, home decorating trends evolve. And for 2016 experts are saying that window treatments, like much of home design, are leaning more toward using more natural and organic materials.

Popular amongst environmentally conscious homeowners, organic window treatments increase energy efficiency and are constructed from recycled and sustainable materials. Synthetics used on shutters and blinds are now being replaced with natural, organic materials such as bamboo and wood.

Aside from being environmentally conscious, organic treatments are also cost-effective and good for our overall health. Made without abrasive chemicals or dyes and less likely to trigger allergies, there’s no surprise why these are a hit. Top it off with their stylish and durable qualities that allow just enough light in while providing considerable privacy, and you really can have it all!

Whether your goal is to provide a warm and secure atmosphere for family gatherings, conserving energy, or simply controlling afternoon glare at work, organic shades are up for the job. Pair them with organic cotton curtains for a beautifully unique, sustainable, and healthy window! Or use them as a covering all its own to highlight other features in your home. For example, bamboo shades provide ample privacy for a living room while letting large windows act as an architectural backdrop. The simplicity of organic shades softens windows in rooms that are already accented by a large rug or other decorative elements. Not every room should be covered in strong, bold fabrics- and organic shades are the perfect alternative.

We can expect this trend in natural organic window treatments to extend well beyond 2016 as environmental sustainability grows as a priority in all homes. So give Royal Window Fashions a call at (210) 528-1340 to schedule an in-home or office visit and jump on the organic bandwagon!

 

(Sources: Realty Today & Houzz)

Read More