11Maybe I should amend the title to reading window coverings with "my" style

Problem is I don't know that "my style" has an official name ,but one window treatment that I can point to and say" that is totally my style "  would be real wood plantation shutters ,done in a classic dark stain .

So what can we deduce from that , that  I  prefer classic ,elegant and refined  with a simpleness  about it , no overly ornate moldings  no floral embellishments,  something rather masculine in presence, oh and something the cat can't swing from.

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10More and more homeowners are turning to professionals for help in selecting and installing their window coverings. Consumers choose professional installation companies because they ensure high quality products, top notch fit and finish, and usually a guarantee. There are three distinct styles of window coverings a professional might suggest; blinds, plantation shutters (shutters) or shades. All of these styles have their pros and cons but the choice usually comes down to application and price.

Blinds - Blinds are window coverings that make use of slats or louvers to block the interior of a home from sunlight and outsiders. These slats vary in size and material and are mounted on the track vertically or horizontally. Most window blinds have slats mounted horizontally and are drawn up and down by a string and pulley system. Vertical blinds are common for sliding glass doors and are drawn right to left. Blinds are popular because they are easy to install and can be very cost effective.

Shades - Shades are a lot like blinds but instead of using slats or louvers to block the window they use fabric. Roman shades, cellular shades, pleated shades and roller shades all utilize soft fabrics to block the window. Alternately, some shades use thin organic materials like straw or bamboo in place of fabric; this is for looks only. Shades also use a string and pulley system to adjust the amount of light that is let into the room. Like blinds, they are mounted vertically with the track at the top of the window. Shades are popular because of their diversity; shades can be very beautiful and ornate or simple and effective. Shades can also be used for a multitude of applications since there are so many varieties.

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9An assured way of spicing up your kitchen is opting for the kitchen window treatments. A tasteful kitchen decor peps up our culinary side and makes the most significant but plain part of our day quite enjoyable. There are many amongst us who consider the time spent in the kitchen as an average experience and a drab routine. Sometimes we even dread the idea of fixing an elaborate lunch just to avoid those extra long minutes in that boring kitchen. If you are tired of the way your kitchen looks, then a great way of beautifying it easily and effectively is by going for the various kitchen window treatments available in the market.

The first step to achieve the objective of kitchen window treatments is to know about the various window styles that are available. You can choose from the popular designs that are neat and visually appealing. If you have a flair for coming up with creative designs for kitchen window treatments, you can even get a customized window of your own. You must chose the type of window which suits the environment and is durable. Kitchen window treatments should not result in a look which is a drastic contrast to the rest of the home decor or stand out in a conspicuous manner. Instead, chose a design which blends in well with the interiors and enhances the aesthetic appeal of the kitchen.

There are many styles of windows and kitchen window treatments to choose from. One can go for a light, modern and classy theme or an ornate, Victorian and heavy look.

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8You might feel challenged when it comes to adding decorative touches that really pop. Window treatments can be one way to add innovative design and unusual flair to interior spaces.

Natural Materials

Consider a more natural approach to window treatments. Wood is a natural treatment, providing important privacy while also showing off a casual and natural texture. Bamboo shades are functional, yet also give the consumer the satisfaction of being environmentally friendly. Other options in natural materials include sisal, jute, and grass, available in a variety of colors to match any decorating scheme.

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7Window valances will complete the appearance of your windows and add to the room's décor. Some decorating themes can actually be derived from the window treatments in the room. There are many types of valances ranging from flowing, romantic ones to wood ones. The type of window valance is determined by the purpose you want it to serve in the room's décor. Popular styles of valances are the swag, balloon, scarf and tailored style. Because they are available in all colors, floral and patterns, the options can be limitless.

The swag valance is probably the most common window valance and is the one commonly seen on kitchen windows. The swag has three pieces with a shorter center piece flanked by two longer pieces on each side. This is hung at the top of the window with a set of curtains hung near the center of the window. The valance allows light to enter the room and still allow privacy.

The balloon valance looks like a series of balloons hanging upside down from a rod. These valances tend to be more for the formal type of window treatment and also work for the feminine and romantic theme. A set of drapes or curtains are directly under the valance. This type of window treatment will require to separate curtain rods - one for the valance and one for the curtains.

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