Getting the Right Shades and Curtains

Do you have too many windows and not enough shades to cover them all? Have you considered buying some sort of shades to cover up the amount of light entering your windows? Do you dream of being able to adjust the light entering into your kitchen or family room? Then you should consider buying some sort of shades or curtains for your house.

There are tons of varieties of shades and curtains that might be perfect for you. Depending on the decor and ambiance of your house, you might want to look for specific styles or designs. In particular, I enjoy bamboo curtains. These curtains, made of bamboo, have an old time, native feel to them. I love looking at and feeling the texture of these curtains as I enter my living room every night. I’m sure you will feel exactly the same.

If you have the desire to take advantage of the sunlight, you might consider investing in solar shades. These shades have energy conductors built into them, which allows your shades to harvest the energy of sunlight and convert it to usable energy in your own house. If you are looking for a way to save money on electricity, and beat the heat, you should definitely consider purchasing solar shades.

You can buy both of these items from any neighborhood Walmart or Lowes. The designs and sizes vary greatly, so it’s up to you to decide what you want for your house. Consider bamboo or solar shades when fitting your next window.

Add Pizazz With a Contemporary Shower Curtain

A bathroom is to a house very much the same as shoes are to an outfit. Just like a great ensemble can be ruined by a shabby pair of poorly chosen footwear, the look and feel of the restroom can change a family member’s or visitor’s view of the entire home. Fortunately, a well-dressed bathroom, like a well-shoed pair of feet, can make everything else appear a bit brighter.

For such a tiny part of the house, bathrooms rank among the top priorities of both decorators and home buyers. And why not? The porcelain throne may be seated in a small chamber, but that chamber is a place which every member of the household will visit at least once a day. Also, having a great looking bathroom in your house greatly increases its resale value in the future as prospective home buyers place a lot of importance on it.

Want to make your bathroom the exclamation point of your home? Try adding a contemporary shower curtain to make this little vestibule pop with style.

Changing your shower curtain is the quickest and easiest way to update your entire bathroom. Because the space is a small one, shower curtains set the tone for the entire room. Therefore, this one decorating element should be chosen carefully and deliberately to coincide with any other plans you may have to rework your toilette.

Choosing a contemporary style for your shower curtain will make the most of this little room. It affords you the opportunity to showcase the edgy, playful look of modern or postmodern art into a space that might be inappropriate for original framed pieces because of the humidity. You can find shower curtains based on the work of artists such as Piet Mondrian, Claude Monet, Vincent Van Gogh, and Andy Warhol, to name a few.

If fine art is not your thing, many other contemporary design options are available. Repeating patterns of geometric shapes, abstract use of primary colors, and simple monochromatic elements of nature, such as bamboo, all figure into this style of decor and will give your bathroom a sharp, exciting boost.

Whether based in fine art or simple, non-objective design principles, the bold shapes and lines featured in contemporary design will infuse the space with energy and vitality. The tendency toward primary and secondary colors – red, blue, yellow, orange, purple, and green – radiate playful friendliness.

So, don’t wait, go out and get you new contemporary shower curtain today!

Save Money With Blackout Curtains

Most people are familiar with certain aspects of blackout curtains. Those are curtains that make the room exceptionally dark. For some homes which want to brighten their rooms, there are window treatments that allow plenty of light through and around the curtains. But some people need to block as much light as possible. This may be due to the fact they are light sleepers and do not want the morning sky to awaken them too early. Or they may be shift workers that need to sleep during the day. Another possibility is that they have children who nap, or who should be in bed while the sun is still up. Lastly, people in cities use them to block out street lights and lights from traffic.

While those uses are commonly known, there is another benefit to blackout curtains that many people do not think about.

Because of the way blackout curtains are made, they are denser and heavier than regular curtains. Some even have a rubberized lining on the window-side. These make great light-blockers, but they also block heat.

In the summertime, using blackout curtains can reduce the temperature in a room by as much as ten to fifteen degrees. When used in multiple rooms, this can significantly reduce the load on any air conditioner/cooling unit. That, in turn, reduces the electric bill.

In the winter, you want the light to come in through those windows and heat the house as naturally as possible (reducing your heating bill). However, by using blackout curtains at night in the winter, you can reduce the amount of heat exchange that takes place through the window (which is the biggest source of lost heat in the house). Think of it like putting a blanket over the window, keeping the heat in. Again, using the curtains like this becomes a money-saver by keeping your house warmer in winter, lowering your heat bill.