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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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25 Jun Choosing Nursery Shades

If you’ve had a baby, you already know and if you haven’t had one yet, you are soon to find out: Babies need dark rooms for those precious naps. (note: these naps are just as precious to the parents as they are to the baby).
Avoid Floor-Length draperies. While they may look dreamy and charming, they are a safety hazard to your bundle of joy. If your toddler can get their hands on the drapes, chances are they can pull them down, climb up them or even get tangled in any existing cords. It’s best to keep such things out of reach.

Don’t let your treatments outshine your window. Window treatments usually cover a large portion of the glass in a window, even when pulled back. If you choose curtains, get ones that have wide-panels and install them far away from the windows edge. Please make sure that the rod can be stretched safely to the length you desire. Rods that are stretched too thinly can dip and break in the middle and could injure your child.

Cellular Shades are an excellent choice. Cellular shades are perfect for your baby’s room. They are available in room darkening fabrics and can be cordless or motorized so that there are no cords to endanger your bundle of joy.

Consider a Valance. A fabric valance can soften the look of blinds by adding texture and color while they stay up high away from little hands. If you want a more polished look, you could use a cornice box, a simple wood frame above the window that can be padded and covered with fabric and trim.

Think about Roller Shades. Like blinds, roller shades can be customized and can also be automatic with a remote control. Imagine being able to gently wake your baby by remotely opening the shades.

Introduce a pattern and enhance your theme. Add a fun touch to your nursery design with the window treatments. If you choose a pattern that is different but complementary, try using it more than once, possibly in a seat cushion or pillow cover.

No beads! While beading and fringe is very popular right now, they are also choking hazards. Stay away from such décor. A safer bet, and also a quite popular one, is embroidery.

Childproof your blinds. Blinds usually come with long cords that can cause a strangulation hazard for small children. Make sure all cords are out of reach or are covered with a safety device.

Make sure all treatments are properly installed. Don’t cut corners. Keep your kiddos safe by having a professional install and make recommendations.

Wishing you all beautiful nurseries and restful nights!

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