The summer heat is officially upon us and in some areas of the Country (like here in Phoenix) is seems impossible to escape. In fact, here in the desert it is often a challenge for our central air conditioners to keep pace with the 104 degree afternoons. These hot days remind us of some simple tricks to help reduce the temperature and help protect your furniture, upholstery and carpets from sun-damage. The best way to give your home some protection without the permanent window tinting is is add a layer of blackout lining to your custom drapery from DrapeStyle. Blackout Lining is a synthetic layer of lining that will block 99% of the sunlight from penetrating through your drapery fabric. Simply close your drapes and you will reduce the heat and damaging effects of UV rays without changing the way your custom drapes look or feel. Our blackout lining is available on almost any of our custom drapes and Roman Shades for a simple up-charge of just $99 per panel! Used properly, your blackout custom drapes and curtains may actually pay for themselves through the energy that they save!
Occasionally we will get a call from a Customer or Designers who is trying to find a window treatment for a bathroom or a kitchen. Drapery is a tough option for either of these rooms but we specify Roman Shades for bathrooms and kitchens all of the time. As a matter of fact one of our more popular photographs is of a Roman Shade that we made for a bathroom. You can’t see it in the photo but just beneath the Shade is a large bathtub. Roman Shades provide a lot of versatility for odd sized windows or kitchens or bathrooms when a traditional curtain or drapery treatment is not practical.
Very often we see Roman Shades in kitchens over the sink area, laundry rooms, pantries and mud rooms. They offer great privacy, especially when they are properly lined and interlined.
We try to teach our Designers to think “outside the box” when it comes to custom window treatments for any room in your home. And, of course all of our Roman Shades are made right here in the USA in our custom workroom.