What is your personal style?
Anything you want it to be! There really are no hard and fast rules when it comes to defining your personal style — do what makes you and your family happy and comfortable. It’s not about copying an image or design you’ve seen on TV or in a magazine — it’s about creating real spaces where you and your family can live your lives. Of course, you can use images and designs you’ve seen as inspiration, but it’s all about adding personal touches that characterize how you live.
Your home is your refuge and retreat — you want to decorate it with comfortable furniture and accessories that reflect who you are and where you’ve been. You don’t want it to look like someone else’s.
Be imaginative — meld disparate styles and periods by focusing on their commonalities. Unlikely pairings can enliven any space. Casual elegance is not an oxymoron — even formal rooms can have a “kick off your shoes” mentality!
Find your inspiration in a variety of places — it may be in your favorite color, photo or painting. Or maybe it’s in your favorite collectible, piece of furniture or window covering.
And while it is all about individuality, there are some purchasing motivators that may help define your style further. Your motivator may be investment — searching for value and concentrating on neutral furnishings that last forever. Another motivator is buying whatever you like, regardless of fashion or price, just because you like it — it doesn’t mean being trendy. Someone who is trendy buys the latest thing, most-up-to-date design — you’re more impulsive and thrive on the unusual. Whatever your purchasing motivator, individuality plays a big role in defining your
- How will the space be used?
For working, relaxation, entertaining, formal or informal activities?
- Will there be children and/or pets in the room?
If so, be sure to consider cordless products for safety purposes.
- Do you need privacy?
How safe and secure you feel in your home may be directly related to your window treatments. We offer a complete range of products in a variety of privacy levels, from sheer to total privacy. Plus, some rooms may require more privacy than others, such as bedrooms and bathrooms.
- What is the window’s exposure?
If it has a southern or western exposure, the room could heat up more than you want, or the glare could fade furnishings and affect viewing of your TV or computer. We have many energy-efficient products designed to eliminate these concerns.
- How much light control do you need?
If light control is an issue, consider horizontal or vertical blinds — you can redirect the light or change the complexion of a room by rotating or tilting the slats or louvers.
- Do you want to maintain a view?
Consider the Bottom Up/Top Down option available on cellular, roman, pleated and natural shades. It allows you to lower the shade from the top to let in natural light while retaining the view and still providing necessary privacy.
- Do you open the window frequently, or want easy access for cleaning?
Always consider the function of the window as well as the design. If you are opening and closing the window often, wood blinds may be too heavy and while they are beautiful, you may wish to consider a lighter blind or shade.
- Are there interfering factors that may affect the window or architecture?
Consider window cranks, window air conditioners, baseboard heaters,
- How will the space be used?