Lined Curtains Are Eco Friendly

With gas and electricity prices at an all time high, home owners are looking for ways to save money around the house so that in the long term, their bills stay as low as possible. I am not suggesting sitting in a freezing, dark and damp house throughout winter, and sweating it out through the summer months. But learning to rely less on central heating and air conditioning can have several benefits. Of course your bills will be smaller, but it also gives you the opportunity to do a bit of decorating, make your home ‘greener’ and have fun with your friends and family.

My number one tip that I can give you to save energy and money around the home is to turn things off! Having lights and appliances switched on at the plug is a waste of energy and adds a significant amount onto your monthly, quarterly or annual bill. It may seem like a hassle to have to turn your TV off standby, especially if it means getting out of bed, but think of all the money you could save. On top of that, TVs are one of the leading factors in house fires at night, so you are protecting yourself and your home by pressing that big button! Lights, the kettle and phone chargers are all big energy wasters too.

You can save money when you have the lights on if you switch from incandescent light bulbs to compact fluorescent lighting (CFL). You could use between 50 and 80 percent less energy if you have installed CFLs, and they last up to ten times longer. Incandescent light bulbs have a lifetime of 750 to 2500 hours whilst CFLs have a minimum lifespan of 6000 hours, and can last up to 10000 hours.

There are other changes we can make to our homes which will have a green effect. Making the actual building and rooms more energy efficient will save money and be better for the environment. Hanging lined curtains up in rooms that face the sun has many advantages. Firstly, they will last longer than unlined curtains, blinds and nets as the lining stops the material from fading. Secondly, most lined curtains have thermal qualities and will help to control the room’s temperature by keeping the heat in when it is cold outside and stopping too much heat entering the space when the sun is blazing. Some lined curtains have noise reduction qualities which means that you don’t need to have the TV or radio on so loud, which will also save you money. You could choose curtains to match your room design, but if you fancy a change it is the perfect opportunity to redecorate and incorporate lined curtains into the room.

If you are looking for a way to keep the children entertained during the holidays, or you enjoy making crafts with your friends, you could start making quirky draft excluders. These will stop any drafts from outside the house or colder rooms from entering the most commonly used living spaces in your home. The living room, kitchen and inhabited bedrooms would all benefit from a draft excluder so that colder areas do not affect your comfort and you don’t have to turn the heating up. You can design draft excluders to fit in with the theme of each individual room, or make them stand out and have fun designs. Children will enjoy making them by filling material with newspaper or stuffing.

So you see making your home greener does not mean spending a lot of money, taking up loads of time or having to change your way of life. Don’t worry, you can still watch TV and won’t have to rely on a torch to read a book. However, been sensible with your money and the way your house uses energy could save you tens if not hundreds of pounds over the year. That can only be a good thing, especially with bills set to rise even higher.

Choose Sheer Net Curtains for Beauty and Elegance

Window dressings can add to the beauty of a home, and sheer curtains also lend a bit of elegance to a room. Whether panels are floor-length or just hang to the sill of the window, this type of window dressing can give a lift to the overall appearance of the decor.

Depending on the colors that are chosen, a room can be brightened up or toned down with the use of certain adornments at the window. Net curtains in a bright shade, such as yellow, will add light to the area and help the room to appear larger. Blue tends to have a calming effect and would look especially nice in a bedroom, where a peaceful and serene atmosphere is often desired. To wake up a room and make it come alive, vibrant shades such as red will do wonders.

Voile curtain panels can be used at patio doors to enhance them. The panels can be white or another solid color, or they might be graced with a floral pattern or some other type of design. Whatever color and style is chosen, it should complement the decor of the room and blend in nicely with the overall color scheme and furnishings. Patio doors need to look like they are a part of the room and not something that will stick out as an eyesore. The appropriate panels will enrich the room and properly adorn the doors.

Every window in the house will look attractive if they feature a complementary type of window dressing. Certain embellishments can be added to grace each room with style and beauty. Window swags are an elegant way to decorate and dress up a room and will look graceful in any part of the house. Priscillas are ruffled and very feminine, looking especially attractive in a young girl’s bedroom. Voile curtains that reach to the floor and feature tie-backs will add elegance to windows and doors alike. The tie-backs can be removed at night to allow the fabric to fall in front of the window, providing more privacy. During the day, with the tie-backs in place, the room will have more light.

Sheer window dressings in various colors will add the finishing touch to any room. There are many styles from which to choose, and every window can feature a different look in window dressings. Throughout the year, these adornments can be alternated with other styles to give the house a change in appearance.

Let the Light in With Closet Curtains

Closet curtains bring a unique, decorative touch to any room in your modern house. As closet door replacement, you can choose either drapes or sheer. With the sheer variety, you get an airy, light and billowy feel. However, the design does not have much to give when it comes to protecting your privacy unlike with drapes that fall back in place every time you open it.

Beaded curtains are another unique design to consider. They are stylish and perfect for use in your children’s room. With curtains as your closet cover, you do not have to worry that your child will accidentally lock himself inside the closet or bang his head on the door or close the door on his hand. Here are some examples of closet curtains from online retailers (Amazon, jcpenney.com, etc).

Beaded Curtain, Raindrops Pink Iridescent:

The strands of this beaded curtain are attached to one rod and ready to hang. The heavy-duty acrylic beads have beautiful iridescent coating, making the curtain perfect for use in almost all rooms in your house, including bedroom, pantry and laundry. The sparkling look of the gem can be mesmerizing and attractive. The available sizes are 35 inches in width by 70 inches in length. You can shop this beaded curtain for a retail price of $18.99.

Shari II Lace Door Panel:

This soft, subtle yet elegant lace curtains can bring an element of romance into your home. This curtain, which is part of the JCPenney Home Collection, uses a lace of scalloped polyester jacquard. It features shirr on its 1-inch clear rod. Available sizes are 45 inches in width by 45 inches in length and 45 inches in width by 80 inches in length. Color options are cool white, dusty mauve, antique bronze, linen and rich burgundy. Sale prices range from $6.99 to $11.99.

Linden Street Sheer Door Panel:

These sheer but thick drapes help block excess light from going into the area it encloses, thus giving your room that airy and light feeling. You have a choice of two styles and many colors, including green clay, chocolate, desert khaki, cinnamon brandy, light indigo, lake mist, Stonehenge, rustic red, toffee and soft cream. It measures 54 inches in width and 72 inches in length. It sells for a discounted price of $14.99.

PVC Door Curtain:

This door curtain is easy to install. It helps reduce draught, welding flash, dust, noise and spray. Available grades are standard, polar, ribbed and welding quality while the standard sizes are 200x2x50 meters, 300x2x50 meters, 300x3x50 meters, 400x4x50 meters, 1000x2x20 meters, 1000x3x20 meters and 1000x5x20 meters. Colors available are green, red and bronze.

Classic Check Door Panel by Waverly:

This windowpane plaid Linden door panel has a Velcro which is used to attach to the door. You can use the Velcro tabs to fold or roll and secure the door panel in place. The material is washable cotton and comes in color choices of crimson, sage, black, dark chocolate and marine blue. It measures 26 inches wide by 68 inches long. You can buy this door panel at jcpenney.com for $35.99.

Lt.Purple Voile w/Stitching Door Curtain and Window Wall Hanging:

This pure cotton door curtain measures 92 inches by 42 inches. You can use this as room dividers, drapes or window curtains. It sells under item number CT12-p1-5-IA for only $19.99.