COVID-19 has led organizations and employees around the world to embrace work from home. This newfound flexibility is a boon for employees as they can focus on their work while being in the comfort of their homes. To aid productivity, your home office requires the right atmosphere besides the essentials. That may include a table, a chair, a computer/laptop, Wi-Fi, a table lamp – and window treatments. Here are seven window treatment ideas for your home office to get the perfect mix of attractiveness and practicality. Best Window Covering Options for Your Home Office Creating a professional and aesthetically-pleasing home office boosts your morale, focus on work, and productivity – and the right window coverings can help. When choosing window treatments for your home office, consider: Light control Comfort level Privacy Visual appeal Convenience Durability Energy efficiency Level of maintenance Taking these factors into consideration, popular window coverings that work for your home office include: 1) Shutters Both California and plantation shutters make a stylish and sophisticated addition to a home office. These beautiful window coverings reduce distractions by blocking light and increasing privacy. They also help reduce glare on your computer screen which can affect productivity. These window treatments seamlessly blend with all types of interior decor to enhance the room’s visual appeal without missing out on functionality. Shutters also help regulate room temperature by reducing heat transfer through windows, thus keeping you comfortable. No matter the shape of your windows, shutters can be customized to match your windows, even if they’re triangular or octagonal. As for maintenance, get rid of dirt or dust by running a vacuum cleaner over them. Use a soft dusting cloth to get in between each shutter and pick up any remaining debris. 2) Roller Solar Shades To get the perfect combination of smooth roll-up mechanism, sophisticated appearance and sun protection, roller solar shades are one of the best window coverings. They not only give your home office a professional look but also control glare, heat penetration and UV rays, thus increasing energy efficiency and reducing energy bills. You can also choose blackout shades in a roller mechanism if you want to make your home office totally dark for an online presentation via Zoom call. That said, these shades are a little tricky to maintain and require careful cleaning to avoid damaging the internal mechanism. The best way to clean them is with a microfiber cloth and warm, soapy water. Then leave them lowered to dry. 3) Cellular Shades Also known as honeycomb shades, cellular shades are durable and affordable window coverings ideal for blocking light and reducing outside noise. They not only keep your home interiors safe from the extremes of heat and cold but also keep the warm or cold air of your HVAC system from escaping. If your home is near a busy street, cellular shades are a great way to keep external noise from distracting you. Available in a wide range of colours and patterns, these window coverings can be …
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Bamboo window treatments are a popular choice among interior decorators and homeowners. The material is cherished for its natural texture, appearance, affordability, convenience and ease of installation. It adds personality and a rich texture to any room, including bedrooms, living rooms and even commercial spaces. Regarded as a ‘green’ product, bamboo is a natural, eco-friendly material that reduces homeowners’ impact on the environment. But it’s important to keep these window treatments clean to ensure they last. Here, we outline how to do just that. Maintenance Tips for Bamboo Window Treatments Looking for ways to keep your bamboo shades and blinds clean? Check out our tips. 1. Read the Manufacturer’s Label While bamboo window treatments can hold up well to different methods of cleaning, it’s best to read the manufacturer’s care instructions first. This allows you to prevent using cleaning agents or other liquids that might damage the material. Look for these instructions in your window treatment’s original packaging or consult the company from which you bought them. 2. Wipe Away Dust. Like any window treatment, bamboo ones collect dust. Not cleaning them can mean sacrificing their durability. The easy way to avoid this problem is to clean them thoroughly at least once a week with a feather duster or microfibre cloth. If you have one or more pets, use your vacuum’s brush attachment. This will get rid of dust and dirt without doing damage. 3. Inspect the Shades How you clean your bamboo window treatments depends greatly on how dirty they are. If mounted in areas in damp areas like a kitchen, porch or bathroom, they may have mould and/or mildew. Cleaning your bamboo treatments thoroughly at least once a month will reduce unpleasant smells and increase their working life. 4. Wash Them In case of mould and/or mildew, remove them from their fixings and take them to a well-ventilated area. Lay them flat and clean along the slats with an old toothbrush. In areas with stubborn mould, you may have to brush more firmly. Next, soak them for a few minutes in a tub filled with 3 to 4 inches of warm water that’s had a mild anti-bacterial liquid soap added to it. Rinse with clean water. Alternatively, you can use a shower head if you don’t have a tub, but you’ll need to hold them up to clean them properly. Next, get rid of as much water as possible and let the window treatment air dry before re-hanging them. Bamboo window treatments are a great option for homeowners who want the appearance of natural wood but not the cost. Incredibly durable, they can give you a lifetime of service with proper care and maintenance.
Like fashion, home decor trends change from year to year. That means you not only have to update your wardrobe but your window treatments. So, what’s going to be big in 2021? Here, our experts look at blinds, curtains and valances to figure out what’s going to be both functional and fashionable. Window Treatment Trends Expected to be Popular in 2021 Let’s look at what’s expected to be big next year. 1. Layered Window Treatments Gone are the days when homeowners chose either a soft or a hard window covering. Today, some of the most interesting looks are being created by combining soft and hard. For instance, layering sheer curtains with hard window coverings offersan extra layer of privacy and light filtration. This makes it a functional, better designed addition. Alternatively, you can layer curtains in different fabrics so you have window coverings that work in the colder months too. Example: a sheer curtain ensures that a room receives ample sunlight whereas heavier curtains can block it. 2. Technology Controlling your window treatments from the comfort of your couch or bed is a reality. In fact, motorized window treatments are bringing comfort to a new level, with manufacturers groupingthem into two main categories: • Automated Pleated Blinds Technological advances are making it possible to equip pleated curtains with an electric drive, including day and night varieties that are typically double layered. • Automated Horizontal and Vertical Blinds Made using fabric, plastic or metal, these offer an ease of control that allows homeowners to adjust their level of brightness with the touch of a button. 3. Curtains in Neutral Tones Curtains in neutral tones are expected to be huge in the coming year as they can be matched with virtually any colour or design scheme. Moreover, they provide any room a refined and elegant style. This type is ideal when combined with furniture in similar tones but not the exact same colour. 4. Botanical and Floral Prints Botanical, floral and other exotic printwindow treatments are widely popular and will likely continue to be 2021. You’realso likely to see a wide range of curtains with subtle yet modern prints on soft pastel tones. 5. Abstract Shapes and Lines If floral patterns and botanical prints aren’t your thing, you may appreciate modern window treatment designs with abstract shapes and lines instead. These offer a luxurious and stunning look to any room andcome in a wide range of designs, colours and shapes. When thinking about a home upgrade, don’t overlook your window treatments. With the right additions, they add the finishing touch to a room’s overall design scheme. Hopefully, this post has given you some great ideas and helps you choose the right window coverings.