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~ A Shopper’s Guide ~ 


Selecting window fashions is often a complicated decorating decision as there are many practical and aesthetic considerations.  Here are the questions you need to ask, and better yet, the answers from experts at Hunter Douglas, the nation’s leading manufacturer of custom window fashions:

Practical Considerations Silhouette® window shadings  from Hunter Douglas

Is privacy a key factor?

A general rule of thumb is that if you can see out through closed window treatments during the day, others can see in at night.  Look for window fashion innovations such as Silhouette® window shadings from Hunter Douglas that that offer a combination of sheer fabric to maintain a view of the outside and rotating fabric vanes for variable light control and privacy both during the day and into the night.  









Do you have too much or too little light entering the room?

Light is a great natural resource that can be altered to suit your needs. Window fashions with Pirouette® window shadings  from Hunter Douglas  rotating vanes or louvers can be used to direct light where it’s needed most. Newer products like Pirouette® window shadings feature rotating vanes attached to a sheer fabric backing that actually draws softly diffused light deeper into the room. For media rooms and bedrooms, treatments that
provide maximum room darkening are a good choice. 





Remember that while sunlight can beautifully illuminate a space, it also givesHunter Douglas off heat and harmful UV Rays. Products like new Duette® Architella® honeycomb shades feature a
patented honeycomb-within-a-honeycomb design that significantly reduces heat transfer at the
window while providing superior UV protection.  They are the first and only window shades to qualify for The Federal Tax Credit for Energy Efficiency without add-on insulation systems.    









Is outside noise a problem?

If your windows face a crowded street, sound can be a problem, especially at night.  It’s good to know that fabric window fashions offer significant sound absorption to create a more serene setting inside of the home.

 Vignette® Modern Roman Shades    from Hunter Douglas  with the LiteRise® cordless lifting system

Are their infants or young children in the home?

To help protect against the potential hazards to young children and pets posed by window covering cords, Hunter Douglas has introduced many options for enhanced safety, including the LiteRise® cordless lifting system.

What about hard-to-reach windows?

For very large windows or those that are high up, motorized window fashions are a necessity. They’re also a great choice for dressing an entire wall of windows and in bedrooms where you can operate them without leaving the comfort of your bed.    





Aesthetic Considerations 

What are the proportions of the room

Alustra® Woven Textures from  Hunter Douglas mounted outside the window  frames make a trio of small windows appear  larger in the photo above.  The room was designed by Zoya Bograd of  New York City’s Bograd Kids for the  Kips Bay Show House

Window treatments should be considered within the overall scale of the interior to maintain proper proportions.  If the window is small in relation to the rest of the room, you may want to extend the covering beyond the edges of the window to make it appear larger.  For windows that frame a beautiful view, opt for window fashions that control light without eclipsing the scenery.  For a window with interesting architectural details, place the window fashion within the frame so as not to obscure it. 

What colors do you prefer?

Color intensifies as you increase areas of coverage.  A small amount of bright red might be suitable for a decorative tape or trim, but overwhelm an entire window treatment.  To visually expand a window or room, choose soft, light colors such as lemon yellow, sea foam green or sky blue.  Coordinate the window fashions with the wall color, as low contrasts will keep the eye moving around the room.  Reverse the technique to make the window or room appear smaller and cozier by using dark, warm colors and high contrast between the window and wall.

How does pattern work at the window? 

In this show house room by Jeani Ziering and Jennifer Huson of Ziering Interiors of Manhasset. N.Y., a rich pattern is complemented by Vignette® Modern Roman Shades from Hunter Douglas in a solid white Always consider the effect pattern at the window will have on the whole room.  Are there other patterns in the furnishings or decorative accessories?  Will they complement each other or create chaos?  Pattern, like color, can be surprisingly intense in large quantities, so proceed with caution. 















Considering Texture? 

The rich subtlety of texture is increasingly appreciated in home décor.  Textures can be both casual (rough, nubby or earthy) or formal (smooth, elegant fabrics).  Texture is particularly important at the window where light penetrates the fabric or material.  Always check the sample up against the window as textures alter light penetration and diffusion. 


For optimum function and pleasing aesthetics, Hunter Douglas continues to lead the field with new introductions every year that both respond to emerging design trends and anticipate changing consumer needs.

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