Whether you just moved into a new home or are trying to bring your furnishings into this century, one of the first places to start is the windows. While there are many window coverings to choose from, some truly stand out from the pack and make a statement bold enough for designers to notice.
As with many other facets of life and fashion, one of the biggest trends right now is to go green and use organic materials. Custom window coverings are no different. Today, one of the hottest styles is shades made of bamboo. The natural material is not only attractive, it also goes with many different types of decor while allowing light in and giving you privacy. Furthermore, bamboo is a sustainable, environmentally friendly material and many of the dies used are non-toxic. Bamboo is also softer than cotton. However, since both are natural fabrics, they are excellent at repelling both cold and hot.
Using natural materials in the production of custom window coverings also cuts down on allergens and often have an anti-microbial and anti-fungal traits that are woven into the yarn. If not, they can be offered to you as a topically applied spray. Additionally, those that suffer from allergies or environmentally conscious can choose stain-resistant as well as mildew- and mold-resistant fabrics for their shades or blinds.
It seems as if everyone wants everything at the touch of a button. The phrase “There is an app for that,” applies to anything from banking to ordering from your favorite restaurant. Even new refrigerators are coming with apps and text messages to tell you when you need to go to the supermarket.
Now, the trend has lent itself to window coverings, as well. Regardless of the style or type of shade, blind or shutter you choose, chances are you can have it automated. Whether it be through the flick of a switch or the click of a remote control, you can quickly and easily open or close your window coverings.
Many, companies also supply an app and a website where you can go to program your blinds to open and shut at certain times of the day. This automation not only cuts down on the sun fading your rugs, carpets, and furniture, it also can prevent break-ins. If a would-be burglar notices that the shades go up and down at different times each day, he or she may skip your home on the next crime spree. If you forget to close or open your blinds, you can simply log onto the site or into the app and do it yourself from wherever you are, whether it be across the street or around the world.
In fact, if you really want to be an up and comer and “keep up with the Jones” so to speak, you can combine both trends and have automated shades made out of bamboo. You would truly have the best of the best. However, be forewarned, this may not fit into everyone’s budget.