Archive for January, 2010

Protect Your Little Ones With New Child-Safe Window Hardware

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

If you have a small child in your life, the most important thing to consider is their safety from all the potential dangers of items around your home. You’ve child-proofed all the cabinets, placed covers on every single electrical outlet, and even learned first aid and CPR in case of emergency. With those checked off your list, now may be time to examine your window coverings.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and The Window Covering Safety Council recently has issued a massive recall of more than 50 million Roman-style shades and roll-up blinds to help prevent the potential hazard of strangulation to young children. This recall is one of the largest in U.S. history. These types of window coverings have a “loop system” cord, which result in strangulation deaths. Reports state that more than 200 infants and children have died from accidentally strangling in the cords from window treatments since 1990. Parents are urged to ensure that the window treatments in their homes have no cords their children can access and to also use cordless window products to prevent deaths or serious injuries to their little loved ones.

Due to the growing attention to safety of these window coverings, DrapeStyle immediately responded to the issue by developing a single-cord system, the Easy Pull Traverse Drapery Rod System with the Child Safe® System from Paris Texas Hardware. Instead of the old “loop system” cord, the Easy Pull features a much safer single cord which helps prevent small children from being entangled. Most importantly, the cord length can be adjusted so it is not within the reach of your young children. The hardware is compatible with all 2-1.4” finials as well as all DrapeStyle custom drapes and window treatments. For those who are nervous about the words “home improvement,” don’t fret: the product is super easy and fast to install.

Don’t wait until it’s too late to replace your blinds. While window coverings are easily replaceable, your children are not. Keep your kids protected with DrapeStyles’s new Easy Pull drapery hardware today. The hardware is priced from $460. The item and more information can be found at http://www.drapestyle.com/child-safe-window-hardware.html.

Mix It Up With Layered Looks For Draperies and Shades

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

Layers are an important part of anyone’s style. In fact, anything goes with layers. Placing a jacket over a cardigan can keep you warm in your chilly office, or one can even get a layered hair-do to give their coif more movement and volume. It should come as no surprise that even window treatments can be layered as well.

Layered treatments offer versatility; in fact, they can serve two purposes. For starters, it can keep your home warmer or cooler, depending on the season (Think of the energy cost savings). Second, it can create a stylish, interesting look for the interior of your home.

Make a statement with by combining and mixing up your window treatments. Follow these layering tips to keep your home beautiful and practical:

• Shades: Placing shades behind your existing curtains provides not only a classic look, it keeps control of the environment. Shades are made from a continuous piece of fabric, so air can’t escape. Therefore, it keeps your home cool in the summer and warmer in the winter – it’s best to keep shades mounted inside the window moldings to achieve this goal. The more opaque the shade is, the better its ability to resist heat flow. When picking your shades, make sure they go well with your existing drapes and furniture.

• Draperies: Drapes add a dramatic look and a feel of warmth and color to any room. If you already have shades, consider drapes. Installing floor-length drapes over your existing shades also increases the insulation of your home to trap air between the shade and the glass.

• Top Treatments: Add a final touch to your window treatment layering with an upholstered cornice or valance. This adds extravagance to any home, as well as trapping air between the floor and top of any window treatment.

By adding these final touches to your window treatments, you will add both depth and dimension to your home. Check out the different styles and patterns at www.drapestyle.com to find a look that best suites your personality and home.

Keep Your Children Safe Around Window Treatments

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

Each year, more than 50,000 youths are hurt or killed in a household accident. Many of these incidents involve window treatments. Young children can accidentally become caught in cords hanging from the treatments that are used to lower and raise them, thus resulting in strangulation.

Luckily these deaths and injuries are preventable. Be sure to keep your children out of harm’s way with the following tips:

• Keep furniture away from window treatments. All kids love to climb on top of sofas, couches and chairs to play. If they get too close to cords by standing high on top of furniture, this could cause a needless injury. Move your furniture toward the center of the room to keep your children safe when they are in the room unattended.

• Due to learning of the strangulation deaths, window blinds with looped cords were no longer sold after the mid-90s. Window blinds now feature a pair of separate threads. A tension mechanism for the inner support threads also have been added to keep the threading tight so that it cannot be pulled large enough to cause a significant risk to a child. Since 2000, window shades were developed with a special attachment at the top of the covering to shorten the length of the strings. If you have an older set of blinds with looped cords from before 2001, replace them with newer blinds and make sure to tighten up the inner cords and keep them out of reach of young children. One can also correct issues with old blinds by purchasing a safety repair kit.

• Take a closer look at your long draperies, curtains and vertical blinds. These treatments can easily be pulled down and can injure a child. Additionally, small end caps could be a potential choking hazard. If you have long window treatments in your home, ensure that the hanging bars and hardware systems are securely installed into the wooden studs surrounding the window. With long drapes, you can tie them up to create a fancy swag effect so they will be out of reach from your child.

Don’t let your child be injured from your window treatments. For further protection, check out DrapeStyle’s Easy Pull Traverse Drapery Rod System with the Child Safe® System and keep danger at bay.

Silk – The Original Eco-friendly Renewable Fabric

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

It’s the smooth, delicate feel of silk fabric that first draws many people in. The rich, shimmering colors from this fabric adds an instant “oomph” to any item it is on. Was it mentioned that it is pretty eco-friendly?

From being into fabric to dress empresses in ancient China to being used in activewear, silk fabric’s luster has captivated humankind for thousands of years. It is no surprise that the fabric is a popular choice for window treatments. For anyone who is going green with drapes in her home, silk is a safe choice that will add a soft, sheer touch and won’t hurt the environment. Consider these following items:

• Silk is a renewable fabric, meaning that it is not created like textiles such as nylon and acrylic. It is created by protein fiber spun by silk moth larvae to make its cocoon. Because it is a natural protein fiber, it is great for those who have allergic skin.

• Silk is very environmentally friendly as it is also biodegradable. Whenever you are done with a silk product, it can be used as mulch or even compost. Petroleum-based fabrics will end up sticking around for years in a landfill if you toss it in the garbage. Think about this: 38 million tons of synthetic fibers are produced every year. When you buy silk products, that is something that will be useful even after it is thrown away.

• However, keep in mind that silk fabrics are not completely bulletproof. While silk is often quoted as being as strong a strong fabric, it is used in fine gauge fibers and as well as thin fabrics. These fabrics can be degraded by sun exposure, throwing it in the laundry and even hot temperatures. Seriously, remember to never throw silk items in the dryer at home.

If you are in the market for new window treatments that are eco-concious, you can green your décor with luxurious silk drapes. DrapeStyle has many styles of beautiful drapes that will best suit your home and will not hurt our Earth. View the selection at www.drapestyle.com.

Add Value To Your Home With Affordable Drapes

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

Are you currently in the market to sell your home? Do you want to add more value to the amazing home you already own? Whether you are waiting for a buyer or have just bought a home and would like to enhance your space, draperies are an affordable way to add value to your house.

Think of it as simple home improvement: By adding drapes to your home and not breaking the bank, the house will have a higher resale value than a home with no drapes at all. Besides, if you had the choice, wouldn’t you want to buy a home that already has inviting, beautiful drapery installed already?

Yes, a simple, easy task such as installing (or replacing) your draperies can make your home look more elegant on the inside and out. And when your home is more visually appealing, its value will receive a boost. When you think of the most beautiful home you have ever seen, you probably don not think of vertical plastic blinds or paper shades.

Recent research has found that homes with quality window-coverings sell better; these homes get top dollar when it is time to sell on the real estate market. House hunters are more often looking for homes that already have window-treatments installed to control their environment easier. Homes with drapes easily keep heat out in the summer and cold away in the winter. In fact, drapes have the ability to stay cooler in the summer than other window treatments because their pleats and folds lose the hot season heat through convection. Also, most draperies can reduce the heat loss from a warm room at up to 10 percent when they are drawn during cold winters.

Give your home some curb appeal by placing attractive drapes in your home today. What drapes add is so much more than what you will pay – think of drapes as tailored for your checkbook. Check out what DrapeStyle has to offer at www.DrapeStyle.com today to view the great selections that will make your house the envy of the block.

Give A Custom Touch To Drapes By Adding Designer Trims

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

Do you love your drapes but feel they are missing something? If you can’t part with the lovely draperies that are hanging in your home, maybe a great way to give them a simple upgrade is to add designer trim.

By adding designer trim, you can enhance the appearance of your draperies. It increases the luxury of the material as well as other colors to make additional patterns and room elements easier to coordinate in your room. If your drapes are a little shorter than you would prefer, adding trim creates some extra length (and drama) to your panels. You’ll impress your guests when they learn that the trims were an addition from you.

Trims are available in many different styles. You have probably seen fringe, gimp, tassels and cording in different homes you have visited or in home decorating magazines. You can even dress up your drapes by adding romantic lace to the bottom of them. There are also fabric tapes that are available in a world of patterns from stripes to Greek key patterns. If you can’t find a pattern that you like, you can even make your own by adding a fabric that complements your drapes to the bottom of the panels. This is great for when your children want drapes that feature dinosaurs or castles. If you can’t agree on a pattern with them, at least you can compromise by simply adding a pattern that they like to the bottom of the panels.

It’s fairly easy to add on the designer trim. If you plan to sew on the designer trim yourself, remember that the trim will need to be sewn on the inner side of each panel along the bottom. You will also need 12 yards of trim per drapes that are 100 inches long. If you are not a do-it-yourselfer, there should be plenty of seamstresses in your area who can sew on the new trim of the drapes for you.

Designer trims give a professional flair to any set of drapes. Make your draperies a showcase of your personality.

Liven Up Your Child’s Room With Drapes

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

Drapes aren’t just for adults anymore. An array of drapes exists to create a fun, cool room that suits your kids’ unique personalities.

Remember that your children’s bedroom is so much more than a place where they lay their heads at night. It’s where they have their sleepovers, imaginative bursts, do their homework, read their funny books, play with their toys and just hang with their friends. When they look back on their youth as adults, a lot of their childhood memories are going to be set in their bedroom.

With drapes, you can brighten up any room in a rainbow of colors and various exciting patterns and create exciting themes by adding toys or decorations.

For your little girls, make their room feel like a beautiful dream with luxurious and cute pinks, baby blues, and even taffy drapes. With baby blue, your daughter can have her own mermaid adventures in the ocean with the help of fish toys and shell-shaped lamps. Pink and taffy drapes are classic styles for girls’ rooms. Create a dreamy princess’ room – be sure to accent these colors with a tiara and maybe even posters featuring castles or unicorns to create a fantasy theme.

For your boys, try bolder, playful colors such as blue and yellow. Blue can create a theme such as space travel or the sea – decorate their rooms with astronaut toys or pirates to appropriately go with this idea. Yellow could create a setting where the dinosaurs may roam, so tyrannosaurus Rex and stegosaurus should find their home in the era known as childhood.

Drapes also can play up the lighting in your child’s room. Use sheer drapery to filter in light of the drape’s color. You can create soft green, blue or pink lighting in any room and the bright sun will do the rest of the work, bringing in hues of whatever color you and your child utilize.

While planning your child’s bedroom, please keep in mind to avoid long cords that may hurt them. Depending on the age of your young one, DrapeStyle’s Easy Pull Traverse Drapery Rod System with the Child Safe® System is perfect for keeping your kids safe from cords that may hurt them.

Make Your Room Appear Bigger With Drapery

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

You absolutely adore your home. It is the place you have always dreamed of, where you can come home at the end of the day, eat in the dining room, relax in the living room and sleep comfortably in your bedroom. However, there is always that one room in your home you wish looked a little bigger, one that might make you feel a little claustrophobic when you enter it.

If you have this issue, then that’s not a problem. An easy solution is drapes! Drapes can fool the eye by setting off an illusion that a room is bigger than it actually is.

The first thing to remember is that any space will look bigger if it is well-lit by natural light. It is time to get rid of your heavy, thick drapes and welcome the bright sun into your home with sheer draperies. Classic sheer drapes that are a beautiful addition to any room. Whereas dark drapes have a tendency to close up a room, sheers open rooms up more. The light colors available will make your smaller room feel more airy and open. Open up your drapes during the day and see the difference a simple change can make by creating more light and the appearance of more space.

Another option is long drapes for length as well as wide draperies for width. While drapes are not a magic wand that will make your room bigger (sorry), it can at least appear to be a larger space. Elongate any room in your home with long floor-length drapes. Floor-length drapes also give a more dramatic feel in the home. Keep in mind that these drapes look best when they reach the ground – you don’t want extra material dragging on the floor. Additionally, wider draperies will make your room appear roomier.

Don’t feel as if you are cramped in a small space. Give a room in your home a makeover today with new drapery! DrapeStyle has beautiful drapes that are custom-made for your room to help give the illusion of a bigger space.

Drapery Not Just For Indoors – Take Them Outside

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

Since spring is coming up in a few months, you may be thinking of ways to give the outside of your home an upgrade so you can enjoy the warmth as much as you can. If easy, quick home improvement tactics are what you are aiming for, then consider outdoor drapery ideas. Drapes for your outdoors add a unique touch to your home as well as creating a relaxing space to getaway from the bustle of your busy day.

Outdoor drapery is available to make your outdoor areas the place for outdoor play, reading, barbecues and more. The best outdoor drapes are custom-made using quality materials to withstand the weather outside. Perfect colors ranges for any outside setting are soft blues to natural. For those into patterns, outdoor drapes are available in those styles as well. If the afternoon sun gets too bright for your eyes, you can simply pull the drapes closed so you can still enjoy the fresh air outside.

Don’t worry about the drapes fading – some styles of them are available in Sunbrella® Fabrics, which have a 3-year warranty against fading or sun damage. You can throw them in the washing machine. Another plus is that they are mildew resistant if you are in damp or rainy areas.

If you have a covered deck or porch, you can even apply drapery there. This is a perfect idea for creating more privacy when you are having get-togethers. With a decorative curtain rod and drapery hooks, you can hang alluring linen draperies that will bring more enclosure to your outdoor room.

To further create a calm environment, throw a pillow on your wicker chair or loveseat. Pillows with fabrics perfect for outdoors are perfect when they match your drapes. You’ll gain a comfortable, inviting place to kick back and read or entertain your guests.

Take advantage of your beautiful yard and the warm weather by installing outdoor drapery this spring. DrapeStyle has all your draperies that best outfit your home. Check out the selection and enjoy more time outside this summer.

Make Your Window Draperies A Work of Art

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

Are your boring old window drapes making you yawn every time you walk past them in your home? If so, maybe it’s time explore the palette of options available to make your draperies in your home an artistic expression.

Dressing up your home to create a luxurious space is all about the texture and fabrics of drapes that you use.

Placing velvet draperies into a room is a perfect place to start. These traditional favorites have a rich look and they keep your room dark when they are drawn, which creates a classy look if you accent the drapes with soft lit lamps and majestic chairs and sofas. Not only is it easy on the eyes, velvet drapes can be energy efficient. By purchasing velvet drapes with thermal flannel interlining, one can cut down energy costs by 33%.

Another option to beautify your windows is to use sumptuous silk drapery that will add a look of luxury and sophistication to your home. Silk drapes add a softer quality than velvet drapes. Silk drapes can feature designer trim, bands, and embroidery; you should select a color that best matches your furniture and color in your room. If you choose, you can also purchase silk drapes with thermal flannel to make your home more energy efficient.

Craving more light in your home? Sheer draperies never go out of style and allow more sunshine in. White and ivory sheer colored drapes will make any room appear more open and airy, as well as elegant.

After installing your drapes, it is time to accessorize. Give your room an elegant look with gorgeous tassels instead of metal or wood hold-backs. You can also accent the tassels by placing classy finials as a decorative ornament at the ends of your curtain rods. Finials are available in classic iron styles that feature fleur-de-lis to decorative wood finial in a pineapple or artichoke motif.

If these ideas sound like an excellent way to upgrade rooms in your place, DrapeStyles offers all of these products. Make your home into your own piece of art today.