Archive for October, 2010

Dante Hill – Window Treatment and Home Decor Blog

Monday, October 11th, 2010

Dante Hill is very excited to reach out to our customers with our new window treatment and home decor blog. Dante Hill is your source for affordable quality window treatments and home décor with a fresh perspective on design and function.  Our blog section will offer insight into our new and existing products, sales and promotions as well designer’s tips and tricks that can be easily applied to your space.

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Our blog will be an exciting and inspirational resource for all interested in window treatments and interior design as well as a fun place to discover new ideas and how to apply them.  We encourage our readers to ask questions and offer suggestions on what they’d like to hear about.   We’ll discuss trends and timeless choices for window treatments and home decorating right from the source.  Our designers have applied experience and always love to talk about windows and interiors!

Window Design Ideas using Bamboo for Draperies & Valances

Monday, October 11th, 2010

bamboo rods as window treatment hardwareBamboo drapery hardware has a lot to offer and is easy to incorporate into various décors and styles. It is commonly thought of as a good choice for sunroom and morning room areas, breakfast nooks and beach homes but has shown to be more versatile than in just those applications. This type of hardware can be used in both formal and informal spaces. For example, using bamboo hardware for valances or drapery side panels over woven or relaxed roman shades gives a nice tropical feel to the room. Using the same hardware with silk drapery panels or valances can give the look a more formal and upscale appeal.

Mixing wood and bamboo finishes can add layers of natural color and texture to any room or window. This is a nice technique to add depth and interest into small spaces and accentuating the positive elements in the room. The turned wooden legs on a coffee table, the cane backing on a chair, rattan elements on furniture or accessories and bamboo hardware on the windows all make an exquisite combination.

Adding other decorative elements to the room to complement and flow with this fabulous hardware option is easy. The Asian, Chinoisere or tropical Isle inspired rooms can take this type of hardware in another direction where it is equally well suited.

For the less formal areas, consider using textiles with a distinctive woven look and texture to bring the design concept home. For formal dining rooms and elegant parlors or bedrooms, silks and luxurious fabrics enhance this look as well.
bamboo rod in mahogany for window treatments

Large Window Shades – New Widths & Lengths for Dante Hill Roman Shades

Monday, October 11th, 2010

Dante Hill roman shades are now available in widths and lengths up to 120 inches. This is a wonderful option for very large windows and openings. Dante Hill custom roman shades were previously only available up to 96 inches wide and long, often making splitting shades up a necessity on oversized windows.

The control options for the extended roman shade sizes are the same, standard cord lock and continuous cord loop control. We do highly recommend using the continuous cord loop control for the oversized shades over 96 inches wide and long. The loop controls have a heavy duty mechanism making the raising and lowering of oversized shades much easier. All of our linings are available as well for all of our premium roman shade styles. Still no shipping charges – that’s free! And, no additional oversized freight charges on window shades over 96 inches wide.

For help with measuring your windows for proper sizing, see our page for: Window Shade Measuring Instructions

ps: We will have our new drapery panel lengths and widths coming soon too!

It’s Winter – Consider Insulating and Energy Efficient Window Treatments

Monday, October 11th, 2010

Winter Window Scene

Insulating our homes has been on the top of everyone’s minds this Winter and with good reason. Record cold temperatures in some areas have prompted many to ask us how they can keep the cold air out and the warm air in. The whistling winter wind wrapping around our homes isn’t just a nuisance, it is costly for many homeowners trying to keep the chill out. We have wonderful solutions to help just about any window or doorway become more energy efficient.

Roman Shades
Roman shades are one of the most versatile and popular window coverings on the market, add that they can be very energy efficient and it is a top pick on our list of insulating window treatments. Roman shades are available in a number of different fabrics which can determine the amount of energy efficiency they provide. Dante Hill has an option to use a thermal liner with our roman shades increasing the insulating qualities and providing an additional barrier against the elements. Many of our customers love the roman shades because they function up and down like other window shades but can offer increased insulation and be a decorative statement for any room in your house. Roman shades come in several styles and are available with the top-down bottom-up option and a variety of lift controls. Some roman shade styles are available with the cordless operating feature which is wonderful on Patio or French doors.

Drapery Panels
Drapery panels have been a time tested and proven barrier against the elements. An excellent option for sliding doors and windows of any type, drapery panels are another decorative and versatile solution. Multiple header options like the Parisian Pleat, Back Tab and Grommet Styles to name a few, as well as several drapery lining options including our insulating favorite, the thermal lining, are available. Add a cornice board on top or some other type of valance and then you’ll be on your way to sealing up the house in style and saving your money for a rainy day!

Honeycomb/Cellular Shades
honeycomb shades viewHoneycomb shades, also known as Cellular shades, are an excellent choice because they are designed to trap air in between the cells or honeycombs of the shade providing an insulating barrier minimizing the outside temperatures from entering through the window shade and into your home. Likewise, this insulating barrier is instrumental in preventing the warm air inside your home from escaping. The great thing about the honeycomb shades is they do the same thing in warmer weather by trapping the cool conditioned air inside and the heat of the day outside, again forming a barrier against the temperatures. This makes the honeycomb shade a great way to treat your windows all year round.

Kitchen Window Shades & Treatments for Function and Style

Monday, October 11th, 2010

Kitchen Window Shades and Blinds

The kitchen is a functional room and serves as a place to prepare our foods, nourish ourselves and our families as well as providing a gathering place for friends and family. Nowadays our functional kitchen space is also architecturally enhanced with layers of function and aesthetically pleasing details and design. The kitchen can be a favorite place for the kids to do homework or to grab a quick cup of coffee while catching the morning news on kitchen flat screen TV before leaving for work. Holidays encourage a lot more time to be spent in the kitchen and the adjoining rooms like the morning room or family rooms while we’re preparing foods and entertaining our guests. The kitchen has transformed from simply a place to prepare and cook foods to an additional entirely different kind of living space. For this reason, choosing the right decorative and functional window treatments in this multi-faceted room is important.

Light control and glare reduction are important considerations, however most people want to maintain as much natural light as possible in the kitchen area. Finding this nice balance is easy depending on your needs. Privacy in the kitchen may not be top priority but if you can’t bear to wash the dishes in front of the window over the sink as sun beats in, it is time to think about a window covering. If your kitchen receives a lot of sun it can increase the temperature and turn your kitchen into an oven itself, again making it an uncomfortable place to be. Solar shades, horizontal blinds, honeycomb shades or roman shades and woven shades are all wonderful choices.

Window shades such as roman shades or woven shades provide privacy and light control when needed and look beautiful raised or lowered. Solar shades come down when needed and allow view through to the outdoors when down but reduces solar glare and heat penetrating into the room.

Horizontal Blinds, whether natural wood or vinyl, offer an added architectural effect. The white tones compliment kitchen cabinets and furniture; as do the beautifully stained wood or vinyl blinds. Adding decorative tapes, which hide the string ladders, presents another point of decoration.

Honeycomb shades offer a less expensive covering to kitchen windows, while providing light control and excellent insulating qualities. The cell sizes provide even more choices as do the great variety of colors. Another possibility is to choose the top down, bottom up feature which allows the shade to be lowered from the top only or raised up from the bottom only.

All these window shades and coverings can be topped by lovely fabric valances and/ or side panels. These make the kitchen homey and inviting.

Yoga Room & Meditation Room Ideas: Making your own yoga space at home

Monday, October 11th, 2010

As our lives get busier and busier, more people are finding their sacred space at home to engage in practices like yoga, relaxation and meditation. Making your own space for yoga, meditation or relaxation has numerous benefits and being at home makes this practice even more accessible. A refreshing place to start your day, a quiet place to decompress at night or even a space for a midday retreat can benefit everyone. And let’s face it, these days just about everyone can use a little unwinding. Decorating a meditation room dedicated to yoga or relaxation takes thoughtful consideration and can offer abundant rewards. Designing this space correctly with a little forethought will make a big difference in the feel of your room and will ultimately reflect on how well this space works for you.

Choosing Your Room
If possible, try to choose a room or area with good natural light to fill the space with warming sunshine. Easily make the windows private and diffuse the light with sheer curtains, honeycomb shades or natural bamboo roman shades which will help bring the feeling of nature in. Fabric Roman shades are also popular choices allowing for many textures and colors. Use a screen or drapery panels to separate this new space from another part of a quiet room if you can’t dedicate an entire room to your practice.

Choosing the Details
Colors can determine the mood and effect spaces have on us and should be chosen carefully. You will be ultimately the one spending time in your sanctuary and will want to make sure the colors you choose reflect your personality, likes and tastes. That last thing you’d want is to desire a calming retreat and paint it a bold red, (which has the tendency to evoke a raging response in people even if on a subtle level), and feel irritated or anxious in a place designed for harmony and relaxation. Soft blues, greens and neutrals like creams and brown tones are ideal for yoga rooms and meditation rooms.
Textures like basket weave fabrics and crewel designs as well as the look of bamboo shades on the windows influence the feel of this important room. Rattan chairs and natural bamboo rugs are great choices in a room like this.

Scents, candles and essential oils are important elements to a meditation relaxation area. A table to display pictures of meaning, books or candles will prove to be useful as well.

Clear the clutter and keep the space organized to prevent clutter from becoming overwhelming and ultimately distracting from your true purpose for the room. Store supplies, blankets, mats and cushions neatly in baskets, shelves and in cabinets.

Decorate! This space doesn’t have to be empty or boring to bring your focus inward; artwork which invokes relaxation or is meaningful to your practice will be a nice personal welcoming touch to your relaxation room and encourage its use.

Window Treatment ideas for yoga and meditation rooms.
Your meditation room can be a great place to use various window coverings and dressings. Drapery panels or sheers can frame windows from an aesthetic view and diffuse light when pulled closed while keeping the room insulated in cooler months. Other great solutions for your yoga and meditation space which are as beautiful as functional and insulating are roman shades, bamboo roman shades with lining and honeycomb/cellular shades. If privacy and insulation are not an issue you can use bamboo style shades without the liner which, during the day, still allows for an outside view when lowered.

Visit www.dantehill.com for more room ideas