The Incredible Advantages of Custom Window Treatments, Draperies, and Furnishings

 

What makes you “you?” It’s your personality, your individuality, your one-of-a-kind approach to life. Shouldn’t your home reflect the uniqueness that defines who you are?

Window treatments are an unsung, often overlooked design aspect that ramps up the personality, elegance, and overall feeling of joy in your special home!

 

 

 

Yet too many people neglect to realize the immense opportunity for personal style that window treatments offer. Instead, they turn online or to big box stores. They find themselves “making do” with what’s available.

This is a recipe for dissatisfaction — every single time!

Custom window treatments and draperies are the only way to avoid disappointment and guarantee that, when your eye gazes at your windows, it is beyond pleased at what it sees.

Here is an overview of the most important advantages that only custom window treatments can offer you.

(ALSO: read my recent blog post where I go in-depth on the trouble with window treatments from big box stores.)

Guidance that saves you time, money — and heartache. “Time is money” continues to ring true today. And it applies so deeply to the process of window treatments.

From measuring to style choice, working with a highly refined and experienced design consultant will ensure exactly what you desire, in as little time as possible.

 

 

What’s more, a great designer is knowledgeable on even the most unique window scenarios — from difficult-to-fit arch windows to immense windows that are a challenge to fit perfectly.

Best of all, this level of expertise can work with your budget.

Bottom line: with custom window treatments, you can discover cost-effective design solutions that make your heart go “Wow!”

Unique colors, one-of-a-kind details. You’re doing more than selecting a special fabric when you opt for custom window treatments. You are also honing in on the precise color choice that you love.

Is there a particular blue or brown that simply doesn’t exist anywhere but your imagination? With an experienced designer, that color leaps from your heart and onto your windows!

 

 

This also spills into special details not available online or in stores. Very unique, hard-to-find hardware. A super-custom trim for your special drapes.

Think you can achieve this through the box stores? My friend, you’ll have to think again…

Impressive return-on-investment (ROI). The quality of most box-store and online treatments leaves much to be desired. In contrast, custom window treatments often last at least TWICE as long in comparison!

The expert craftsmanship from custom windows ensures beautiful, fade-resistant, stain-resistant windows for years and years to come.

And should the time come for you to sell your home, these extraordinary custom window treatments will seriously raise the perceived value of the property overall.

 

 

That’s right: investing in custom treatments can mean a higher asking price on the market down the road!

The PERFECT fit, plus functionality. Is your home brand-new? Or did you just remodel? In either case, the idea of a “basic” window simply doesn’t exist.

If your windows are custom and specially shaped, they absolutely deserve custom drapes or treatments that match their unique feeling. This holds particularly true for celestial windows and other styles that are immense in size.

 

 

When you work with a custom window design expert, you are investing in design work, sewing, and production that will fit your windows to a T. This can’t happen in any other way.

A great designer will bring you what feels like an encyclopedia of patterns, trims, accessories, styles, bands, and more.

And they’ll help you identify exactly what your soul is craving in your windows.

No home is exactly alike. Nor should your windows!

Please contact me with any questions you have about how I work! I so look forward to hearing from you!

Joy and light,
Grace

 

 

Most Popular Window Treatment Trends and Styles in 2020

Trends come and go, so I always take what I hear with a grain of salt. But there are two trends this year that will probably last through next year and beyond. 

They’re that effective in terms of beautifying the home.

I’m talking about neutrals and simple functionality.

Get in touch with me  to learn how I can make these work for you.

Neutrals

Many of my repeat clients are based in Pacific Palisades and Bel-Air. One note I hear from them has rung true for clients outside of these more upscale neighborhoods: simplicity and elegance

And when it comes to simplicity and elegance, I automatically think neutrals.

Neutral colors are the classic choice to bring harmony and unity to a space. They are timeless. They bring both versatility and style.

They also let you bring in a pop of color with accents like colorful throw pillows. Delicate wood tones, warm light browns and vibrant whites are all the rage so far this year.

Here’s some thoughts on my favorite neutrals to talk about with clients.

Taupe and grey: elegant earthiness. Practical. Quietly regal. If your furniture and decor are cooler in tone, I might direct you to grey as the best complement. If you want something a little warmer, we would talk about the taupe and its comforting notes of brown.

Classic blue: The freshness and peace of the coast. The 2020 Pantone Color of the Year. This is a go-to color especially for homes with a decor that’s already neutral. A touch of blue in the window treatments will pull the room together and foster a tranquil atmosphere.

Sheer: I love a neutral sheer drape because it’s ageless and simple. My clients have loved their flowiness, how the light dances with them. They also bring a lot of serenity into a home.

All-white: Want that airy, bright feeling? You will probably want pure white window treatments. They just have that weightless quality you can’t duplicate. We could do breezy white curtains for a knockout look, or white Roman shades for something completely classic.

Simple functionality

Window treatments can be pretty and stop right there. But most of my clients want more. They want both pretty and practical. Windows that are both beautiful and that fit in well with my clients’ lifestyles.

I’m seeing an uptick in motorized window treatments for this very reason. Nowadays, with Alexa or even your remote, you can control motorized blinds and curtains. They don’t have that “high-tech” look. It’s subtle and blends in well.

Blinds with cordless lifts are also simple and functional. I like these especially for homes with children; their safety gives parents peace of mind. At the same time, they make your windows look modern, fresh and clean.

Folding shutters are also making a little comeback this year. These shutters let the light flow in throughout the home. They are spot-on for disguising any fixtures you have with massive views. They can also be retracted so you can take in that panorama of the sunset. 

For the kitchen, I also like to consider faux wood treatments. They increase the elegance in the kitchen because of their wood aesthetic. And they are super-practical: they last much longer than traditional wood, and they are resistant to moisture. 

You can also enjoy great light control with faux wood blinds or shutters. Depending on how you position them — a little bit open, fully open, fully shut — you can let in as much or as little light as you like.

Which trend catches your eye more? Do you think one is better than the other for your home?

Let’s talk about neutrals and functional options. Call me or email me and we can have a consultation. These trends are just the tip of the iceberg on how I can make your window dreams come true. 805-405-0248. windowtreatmentsbygrace@gmail.com.