Trends in Window Treatments to Watch for in 2017

Trends in Window Treatments to Watch for in 2017

 

The windows in your home are an excellent focal point that are able to change the whole look and feel of the room and even the home. True, windows are obviously an excellent utility for allowing natural light into any room. Also true, is the fact that the view a window allows is, in most cases, like hanging a beautiful piece of fine art.

 

Something as simple as a window treatment can add depth, mood and feeling to the whole room and, in most cases, is the starting point to lead off the room’s complete design.

 

Trends are continuously changing, what was beautiful last year can easily be “old news” today. Even though trends may last for more than one year, when they do change you’ll want to have an idea of how the change can benefit your home décor.

 

Every window in your home is a great opportunity to let your creative side show through. Windows can create a completely different look for your room and even give the illusion of having much more space than you actually do.

 

Since we are in the first half of 2017, what better time to consider this year’s trends in window treatments? The focus on bold treatments for windows began to make a significant comeback last year and carried over to this year.

 

This year is bringing us bright and bold colours, as well as including small details to make a big impact on your window décor.

 

Basically, 2016 gave us an interesting foundation for the new trends of 2017 to build on.

 

Energy-Saving Windows

The last few years in home design has brought us ways of creating a sustainable home. In 2017, the focus is on upgrading your window for the benefit of saving energy. If your windows are old and draftee, consider upgrading this year.

 

According to the EPA, trading in your draftee old windows for Energy Star certified windows can help you save up to 12% on your energy bills. Just because they are energy efficient windows doesn’t mean they are boring. Energy-efficient windows come in several different shapes and sizes.

 

Vinyl Windows

Vinyl windows have been growing in popularity during the last few years and this year they will also remain an affordable and convenient option for homeowners. Vinyl windows have become a sustainable upgrade for homeowners.

 

It’s easy to find an option to fit your home with so many colours available. In addition to the aesthetic appeal to vinyl windows they also have considerable energy-saving benefits that will keep your heating and cooling costs to a minimum.

 

Windows as a Main Focal Point of the Room

As was the case in 2016, your home’s windows are also a focal point to every room this year. However, this year home designers are suggesting this option be taken one step further. Discover ways to highlight your windows by using window treatments that really stand out.

 

You can also reposition your room’s seating arrangements so that you and your family can take advantage of the natural lighting and enjoy the view your windows provide.

 

Adding mirrors to the room will enhance the effect of large windows throughout the room by reflecting the natural light. Try positioning a few mirrors around or across from your large windows to help enhance the natural light and style.

 

Natural Window Treatments

Try incorporating the latest sustainable window treatments in your home as a less costly upgrade for your windows. Bamboo and woven blinds are making a comeback this year, because they are natural and functional window treatments.

 

They make a great backdrop against curtains, or use them by themselves for a minimalist look.

 

Bold Styles in Curtains

One of the major window treatment trends for 2017 is the use of bold colours of fabric for your curtains. The hot colours for this year include deep jewel tones like turquoise, emerald and topaz.

 

This is easy to incorporate into your room’s décor and create a style and look that really pops. This is also an affordable way to update your window based on current trends.

 

If you have a fabric you have fallen in love with, you can easily make your own curtains. There are plenty of sights online to help you do just this.

 

This year, let your creativity shine when planning your window treatments and see what you come up with. As long as you go bold you can’t lose.

 

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What Type of Exterior Doors Are Best for Homes in Areas with Cold Climates?

What Type of Exterior Doors Are Best for Homes in Areas with Cold Climates

 

The exterior doors on your home often, significantly contribute to air leakage, and, in the process, also waste money through energy loss, especially if it’s old, uninsulated, improperly installed, and/or improperly air sealed.

 

Weather-stripping can reduce the energy loss due to air leakage, but it isn’t a complete solution to the problem, it’s more like putting a bandage on a cracked water pipe. Weather-stripping will hold off some of the air leakage but it can’t stop all of it. Also, weather-stripping will wear out over time making it less effective until it falls off completely.

 

The only true solution to air leakage and the high energy bills that goes with it is to get new exterior doors.

 

Choosing New Exterior Doors

New exterior doors will solve your draft and energy bill problem, and if you choose the proper doors, they will last for years to come. The entry door you choose needs to be strong enough to withstand wind, rain, hot summer days, freezing temperatures and would-be intruders.

 

Besides being able to withstand whatever Mother Nature can throw at them, your exterior doors also need to look great and compliment the outside of your house.

 

This is a lot to expect from a door. However, if you choose the right exterior door. Most older doors were made of wood or wood veneer, both had a tendency to warp, crack and delaminate after years of exposure to the elements.

 

However, metal doors don’t last forever either, the surface on some older metal doors are subject to peeling.

 

Replacing Your Old Exterior Door

In some cases, you will only need to take the old door off its hinges and replace it with the new door. This is obviously your best case scenario since it is the least expensive and easiest route to take.

 

However, in some cases, you will need to rip out the old door, frame and all. This includes the door jambs and threshold, especially if the wooden frame, jambs and threshold are rotten, or are beginning to show signs of rot.

 

Even if the current door frame is still in good shape, the studs it’s nailed to can become bowed and is no longer square. The bowing of the studs is, in most cases what makes the door difficult to open and close.

 

To make a new door fit into a warped frame, you’ll need to plane the top and bottom, or in some cases, trim one of the edges of the frame so the door hangs properly.

 

This is the only option for wood doors. Other doors, such as metal and fiberglass obviously can’t be cut or planed.

 

Most new doors come pre-hung. This means the door is already attached to the new frame by its hinges. Prehung doors are an excellent choice when the old frame is in bad shape or if you’re removing the frame because you want to enlarge the opening.

 

There are a few things to consider if you decide to replace your old door with a pre-hung unit. First, decide if you need a left- or right-hand door. While standing at the door, facing outside, if the lockset is on your right, you have a right-hand door.

 

To choose the proper jamb size, measure the height and width of the existing door jamb between the inside edges of the casing. Add ½ inch to the frame height and ½ inch to ¾ inch to the width. The width of the door is measured across its face. Most doors are sold as 3-0 (36 inches) or wider.

 

Rather than replacing the whole door frame, using a door-replacement kit is an alternative. With a door-replacement kit, the door is pre-hung in a small steel frame that attaches to the old one.

 

The benefits to just replacing the door, rather than the whole frame include easy installation and the added security of the steel frame. However, these kits slightly reduce the original opening, they’re available in only a few sizes, and they can’t be installed over rotted jambs.

 

When you find yourself in need of a new door you actually may have more options than you originally thought you had. It is for this reason you really should consult an expert on the issue to make sure you don’t wind up spending more money than you need and adding items you can get away without adding.

 

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Why Men Love Their Sheds

Why Men Love Their Sheds

 

When you hear the term “shed” you get visions of a small dirty little building on your property that, besides cobwebs and several other creepy crawlies, you will find a couple of old, rusty lawn mowers (if you’re lucky, at least one of them will work) and various other garden tools in different forms of disarray.

 

Well, that is the usual picture you may come up with, however, not anymore. Today, during man’s ever increasing desire to hide from his significant other, in places that are called “man caves” (a fitting term since most women think we’re a bunch of animals anyway) the “shed” is taking on new meaning.

 

While our American counterparts will typically turn their garage into a man cave, stocked with old furniture, a refrigerator (to keep the beer cold) and various other “manly” goodies. Australian men get the prize for ingenuity in their quest to hide their manly shenanigans from “honey”.

 

Our Australian “honeys” will never think of looking for us in a dirty old shed! However, when you take a look inside this new age of sheds you will typically find what you would least expect.

 

The New Man’s Cave

Dirty old bug infested shed, that’s what she thinks. Always ingenious and creative, men all over the country are turning their regular sheds into a man cave any man worth his “Dude Card” would be proud of.

 

We aren’t talking about just any man cave we’re talking about sheds that have been turned into personal pubs, stocked with a flat-screen TV, a mini bar, comfy bar stools and even a dart board.

 

Sheds that contain couches that you sink into, an impressively stocked library of current action flicks and even a surround sound stereo system. Sheds all over the country are being turned into impressive getaways that where a guy can go to escape the stresses of everyday life and just relax.

 

Shed Design Inspiration – Prize Winning Sheds

Readersheds has been awarded the shed of the year for 7 years now and I have to say some of these sheds are extremely cool and great for inspirations as to what you could do with a shed. Some of the past winners include:

 

Shed of the year 2016 – The West Wing is a shed that actually looks more like a small house, including three sections, with the largest section containing a bed in the loft space. The second section contains a secret bookcase for the creator’s children to use and the final section is a workshop and storage area.

 

Shed of the year 2015 – The Inshriach Distillery. According to its creator, only a couple of years ago this was nothing more than a dilapidated hen house and an assorted pile of old junk. Now the shed consists of a Farm Shop, Ladies Waiting Room, Saloon Bar and Distillery.

 

The owner sells items they have whittled, eggs and even fresh produce from their garden. The ladies waiting area consists of a velour piano bar and the saloon is fashioned after a dirty old west gin joint.

 

Shed of the year 2014 – The Allotment Roof Shed is basically a workshop, used for repairing bicycles. The next section of the shed is a music studio, equipped with sound proofing and various musical instruments and sound equipment.

 

The thing makes this shed so unique and interesting enough to be the winner for the year is its roof.  The roof of the shed is a Green Roof, used to grow all sorts of vegetables and plants.

 

The shed is also “green” in every sense of the word, the lights are powered by solar panels and the heat is provided by a wood burning stove.

 

There are truly some unique things you can do with your shed from Australia’s leading supplier of sheds, Col Western Sheds. So, the next time you are over a friend’s house and you notice the shed out in the backyard, take a peek inside, you may be surprised what you find.

How to Incorporate Marble into Your Outdoor Living Area

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Marble has been used, throughout history, in architectural design including the Pantheon of Rome, the Taj Mahal in India and the Acropolis in Greece. These famous buildings were all constructed using marble, which is the reason they’re still standing hundreds of years later.

An increasing number of homeowners are putting a lot of thought and effort into designing and developing enjoyable outdoor living spaces. We aren’t just talking about the typical patio / barbecue pit any longer.

More and more people are taking advantage of their outdoor spaces to create amazing living nooks and rooms that more resemble additions to the home itself, rather than just sprucing up their backyards.

In fact, most homeowners consider their outdoor spaces an additional room added on to their homes, and for good reason. Many of these outdoor spaces can, in reality, be considered additional rooms.

Marble’s Versatility

One of the great features of marble is its abundant versatility. With marble you can create any type of design, and feel, for your outdoor living space. You can create a look that is purely natural, with unfinished rough marble in natural colors and textures. Or, you may choose to go with a more elegant and sophisticated look, or anywhere in between.

Marble comes in a wide selection of colors and grain patterns, allowing you the ability to transform your outdoor living space into a customized appearance that reflects your personality and sense of style. There really is no wrong way to go when choosing to incorporate marble into your home design plan.

The Proper Flooring Choice

While there are several options for your outdoor living space, choosing the proper flooring is not only important for creating the fundamentals of your outdoor living space, but it’s also a very important decision to make, since you have to consider weather conditions, as well as the normal wear and tear it will endure.

While marble is a common flooring choice for indoor flooring, it’s also an excellent choice for your outdoor space as well, in regards to its beauty, dependability and practicality.

Choosing the Best Marble for Your Needs

The type of marble used for outdoor floor tiles is very different from the marble inside your home. For example, the polished marble you have for your indoor kitchen countertops won’t hold up well for outdoor flooring.

One thing to keep in mind is that marble isn’t only suitable for outdoor flooring. Depending on your taste and your outdoor living space, there are several areas where marble adds an elegant, yet rustic, look to your outdoor space including accent walls, ledges and counter space.

Caring for Outdoor Marble

Weather conditions can wreak havoc on your outdoor marble, making it look stained, dull or dirty. You will still need to clean your outdoor marble, however, with the correct cleaning agent and a regular light cleaning your marble will continue to look fresh and clean for years to come.

For cleaning up dirt and grime, you should use a natural stone cleaner. Natural stone cleaners will have the right consistency to effectively clean marble, while being gentle enough to prevent damage.

For small stains and spots you can mix baking soda and water to form a paste, then gently scrub the affected areas until the stains are removed.

Marble is a natural stone that will make any outdoor space look elegant and sophisticated. By choosing the proper look and style for your outdoor living space and maintaining the proper care of the marble you chose will give you years of enjoyment.

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New Technology in Home Lighting

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With the recent changes and improvements in home lighting technology, there is a lot of talk about energy efficient home lighting applications, mainly LED and CFL solutions are the most popular.

 

While many homeowners are intrigued by the trend toward greener options in lighting, choosing the right fixtures and sources for your home’s lighting needs is simple. Here are some of the available options in new home lighting technology that will go great in most any application:

 

Incorporating LED lighting into your home design

LED lighting has evolved into a viable solution that provides long-term energy savings and aesthetically pleasing light output.

 

Recessed Lighting

Replacing recessed lighting fixtures with LED sources is an easy way to create beautiful ambient lighting with energy saving benefits. Available in a variety of sizes, recessed LED fixtures contribute to a sleek, contemporary environment with minimal intrusion. You can pair recessed fixtures with other sources like pendants, chandeliers and sconces to account for general, ambient and task illumination.

 

Accent Lighting

LED sources can add visual interest to any room of the home through accent illumination, LED accent lights such as step lights and surface mounts can be used to highlight visual features of a room, while enhancing the safety and security of the space.

 

Decorative Lighting

With the importance of energy efficiency on the rise, more decorative fixtures incorporate LED sources. Homeowners are now able to create fixtures with completely new form factors, without the constraint of a bulb.

 

Task Lighting

LED fixtures designed for task applications, such as under cabinet lighting, offer an easy way to enhance work areas. These lighting applications can be used to brighten kitchen counter spaces and improve functionality to complete everyday tasks such as preparing meals or reading recipes.

 

CFL Sources

CFLs are also a cost-effective and efficient option for homeowners. Like LEDs, CFL fixtures reduce maintenance and use less energy than traditional sources.

 

Although CFLs improve efficiency, the color consistency and spiral shape of the lamp often deters consumers. However, there are many new and attractive options in CFL lighting available that will fit well with most any decor and application.
The lighting you choose for your home can completely change the look and feeling of any room in your home and with the new technology available in home lighting there is a cost effective, efficient and attractive solution to any home decor application.