13With houses and flats built in the Thirties becoming increasingly popular, people with period properties no longer have only bay windows and ornate cornicing to contend with. Solid yet stylish, reasonably priced yet architecturally interesting, the low ceilings, Crittall windows, curved corners, and 'feature' fireplaces of Thirties builds pose a unique set of decorating dilemmas. Do you work around original features, or do your best to disguise them?

To keep things modern without creating a museum set, the trick is to choose pieces that are inspired by, or complement, the shapes and materials of the era. Mirrored surfaces, chrome, wood and leather are all of the period, but gloss lacquer, spray-painted aluminium, shiny vinyl and modern flooring also work well in a Thirties context.

Add humour with an overscaled piece of furniture, reinterpret original designs in contemporary colours, or work modern pieces in the distinctive soft Thirties palette to give edge and definition to a monochrome scheme. Finally, be brave and mix geometrics and florals - they're a winning combination.

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12There are a number of options to choose from when it comes to window treatments. Shutters are not always the first of these to come to mind, but they are one of the best choices!

A window shutter, also called a plantation shutter or interior shutter, gives a beautiful, finished look to any space in your home. Polished enough to offer a sense of distinction, shutters are also understated enough to not overwhelm more casual spaces. In addition to this versatility of appearance, shutters also provide superior light control and insulation. They're a great option for any room in your house-- or for all of them!

Shutters have been used for years in home construction, and so bring a sense of old-world refinement to your home. They can accent formal spaces and round out the polish of an ornate dining room, parlor or living room. However, they can also fit in well with more comfortable, lived-in rooms like dens, bedrooms and kitchens. A modern window shutter is either made from wood or a wood and polymer composite material. Composite wood shutters look like wood and are even more durable than their solid wood counterpart at a fraction of the price. This means that shutters provide a sense of warmth and a natural look that blends as needed with the space in which they're featured.

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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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