Window Treatments for Austin Homes
published on May 2, 2012
Window treatments in the form of plantation shutters, blinds, Roman shades, or curtains help a home exude a sense of completeness, whether it’s in a downtown condo or an Austin Luxury Home. In addition to the aesthetic effect of window treatments, they also help conserve energy by contributing to temperature control, reflect lamp light back into the home when closed at night, and prevent nearby neighbors in suburban areas like the Villages at Western Oaks from blushing.
The options in window dressings can be overwhelmingly wide, but local shops like ABC Blind & Drapery and Austin Window Fashions have experts on hand who can help a homeowner design window treatments and install them. The first thing to consider before visiting a store, is what you want window dressings to accomplish:
– Resale value: Window treatments in Austin houses that transfer with a home, like blinds or plantation shutters, automatically add value to a house upon appraisal.
– Thermal insulation: Thermal curtains, solar shades, and window tinting can help prevent summer heat from entering a house and prevent warmth from escaping in the winter, both contributing to a lower electric bill throughout the year. This helps green up the planet and wallets.
– Light control: Bright sunrises are beautiful to watch when awake, but can be unwelcome intruders when streaming through windows on a Saturday morning. Window treatments can help deflect light, prevent glare on electronic screens, and allow light in when desired.
– Style: Window treatments help complete the design of a room by lending texture and color, and softening the sharp corners of window frames. Some tips for styling windows include allowing soft, natural light to take center stage in the design and using contemporary colors and textures to add visual interest to neutral blinds.
An Austin realtor can help those embarking on a new Austin home search find houses with custom window treatments pre-installed, and an Austin window treatment expert can help outfit a house currently sporting nude or outdated windows.
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