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Different Styles of Window Treatments
Different Styles of Window Treatments

Looking for the right way to incorporate natural light into your home? There are a few great options for window treatments when table lamps and established light fixtures just aren’t cutting it. Natural light can not only make your space look great, it can also improve your mood to give you the extra boost you need to get you through your day.

1. Curtains

Curtains are probably the most classic of the window treatment options out there. Available in a number of patterns, colors, fabric finishes—sheer, blackout, satin, etc.—curtains can be an affordable option for your windows that are easy to install yourself.

2. Shades

Does the idea of light shining through with the morning sun make you annoyed? It’s totally understandable! Shades can be the prime choice for a number of reasons. From those who aren’t a huge fan of mornings to those who simply work odd hours and must sleep during the day, shades can block out much of the light that keeps you awake. Since they typically cover the entire window, you can rest easy day or night. Love shades but want to keep it light? Shades also come in some trendy options like bamboo.

3. Blinds

Blinds offer more control when attempting to decide how much light you want to let in your room. This can be great if you happen to be working from home and would like to allow in a little sunshine without also letting the entire neighborhood see what you’re up to. You can simply crack the blinds to your desired setting and work in peace. Blinds are fairly easy to clean and come in a variety of luxurious materials such as wood, vinyl, and metal.

4. Shutters

Although not seen recently in a ton of homes, shutter provide a certain whimsy to places such as beach houses, mountain lodges, and other vacation-type getaways. You can give your own home an oasis feel by placing shutter into your living room. Shutters work better in more spacious living rooms where there is room to open and close the shutter doors. Shutters can potentially let in a ton of light while allowing the fresh air to circulate through the room.

5. Drapes

Drapes are an extravagant alternative to curtains, sold in a wide range of colors and designer patterns. Often made with thicker fabrics, drapes can provide just the amount of sun protection you would need by just having to buy a few panels. They look wonderful in any space and are easy to install and pull back to give your room the right feel to it.

Best treatment for kids’ room

You want the window treatments in your child’s room to be safe, easy-to-clean, and simple enough to use. While special window treatments may let in some extra light, it is probably best that you keep windows locked for rooms with younger children in them.

Avoid hanging cords as they can be a safety hazard for small children and opt instead for blinds with an easy to maneuver hand switch. Choosing a window treatment of this type will make it a snap to open and close and you can simply dust between each blind to keep it free from debris.

Automated window treatments are becoming more popular every day and it’s easy to see why. For starters, they open and closes with the touch of a button. Second, they can easily be set up to block out all light and reduce noise when it’s nap or bedtime. Keep their bedroom light and fun with colorful curtains. Bright hued curtains can diffuse the light coming through to supply a soft glow of color to the whole room. Embellished curtains can also add just a touch of personal flair to their special space.

Be sure to visit our blog page frequently to see the latest in home trends and check us out in store to see brand new furniture lines fit for your home. From how to care for your furniture to seasonal favorites, we have something new going on every month for you to catch up on!

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Fast Furniture: A Bad Trend that Needs to Stop
Fast Furniture: A Bad Trend that Needs to Stop

If you’ve heard of the term “fast fashion” then you might know where this blog might be heading. Fast fashion is a big problem of its own with the underpaid workers, excessive amount of material waste, and overuse of scarce resources. Unfortunately, a similar thing is happening with furniture.

People are opting to buy cheap furniture, you know the one, it’s usually a build-it-yourself, it falls apart within a year or two, and then you end up having to replace it almost as soon as you bought it. Quality is being overlooked, and consumers are not thinking about longevity or what issues the constant replacement of furniture is causing the environment.

Cheap Furniture Falls Apart Because it’s Poorly Made

Cheap furniture means cheap materials and cheap materials mean that they’re not going to last. Investing in high quality furniture pays off in more ways than one. For example, if you purchase a well made living room set, you will only need to go to the furniture store to buy the living room set once.

You may not be the type to save money on an entire living room set, but you might be tempted to save money on a coffee table because you think it’s small. You may think that it won’t be that bad of a replacement if it doesn’t last, but think about the long run. Why buy a coffee table 3 times if you can buy it once?

In the end, constantly replacing the cheap coffee table is going to wind up being more expensive than investing in a well made coffee table. As consumers, we must start thinking of furniture the same way we think of houses, as lifetime investments.

Stand Out From the Crowd: Steer Away From Mass Production

If everyone is buying the same items from the same place, isn't it safe to say that everyone’s home decor will look very similar? What ever happened to being unique? We should want to be able to tell a story about our furniture, why we chose that specific kind of wood, color, or style and how long it’s been in the family.

Your kids will come home from college with a smile on their face when they see the same couch they spent time on is still in your living room. Let’s not forget about the landfills that have to take our broken furniture. With everyone doing multiple replacements, it adds up.

How to Choose High Quality Furniture Materials

In the era of Google, it is easy for us to educate ourselves about what materials are long lasting and why. It is recommended to do some research on materials first and then decide on color and style. Here are some examples of long lasting materials:

  • Solid wood: It can be expensive but if you ever need to sell it, it has a high resale value that would give you a return on your investment, something a cheaply made piece would not be able to do.
  • Glass: Look for tempered glass that is thermally and chemically strengthened to reduce breakage. It will cost more but the elegance it brings to your home and its longevity will be worth it.
  • Metal: The material is chip resistant, a good option if you don’t want to get all wood furniture, and won’t be destroyed by your pets.

Of course there are pros and cons to these materials and that is why research is recommended so that you purchase what is right for you, your family, and your home. Fast furniture is a trend that should stop because it brings more harm than good. Consider shopping at a store like Texas Furniture Hut, where you can find high quality furniture that will last you a long time. If you’re struggling with choosing a style, check out our previous blog for inspiration.

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