Using Window Treatments To Conserve Energy

using window treatments to conserve energyIf you are concerned about energy efficiency, we will show you how using window treatments to conserve energy makes sense.   Weather forecasters predict a harsh winter in Omaha and keeping your home warm can use a lot of energy.  Choosing the best window treatments for energy efficiency and using them wisely can help conserve energy and lower your heating bill.  Here’s how:

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Introducing The Hunter Douglas Window Treatment APP

introducing the Hunter Douglas window treatment appIntroducing the Hunter Douglas Window Treatment App, the modern way to visualize window treatments. You will enjoy choosing window treatments with the Hunter Douglas App. With the Hunter Douglas, The Art of Window Dressing App, customers in Omaha Nebraska can get an idea how a window treatment will look in their home.  It’s easy to download the app from the app store and you have access to hundreds of photos.  Here are some of the things you can do:

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How To Create Curb Appeal With Window Coverings

contemporary window treatmentsNothing makes a home look more shabby than having messy looking window treatments hanging in the windows.  From the viewpoint of curb appeal, how your window treatment looks from the outside is equally as important as how they look from the inside.  We want to show you how to enjoy your windows from the outside and how to create curb appeal with window coverings.

how to create curb appeal with window treatmentsMatching Window Treatments

Many people plan the window treatments in their home based on the outside look.  They decide to decorate their home with matching window treatments throughout the house.  I’ve seem homes where hardwood shutters are used in every room.  This gives a uniform look to the outside of the house.  Inside the shutters were adorned with soft treatments in some of the rooms to add some elegance and sophistication in areas where it added some style and warmth to the decor.  Windows in the kids bedrooms and baths were done in a matching faux wood because it was less expensive and more durable.  Many of Hunter Douglas Window fashions are designed to fit a variety of windows sizes so you can easily use the same window treatment everywhere.

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Roman Shades With Curb Appeal

Many of our window treatments by Hunter Douglas come with liners or are designed to create a good image from the outside.  Some store bought Roman shades aren’t designed with a good backing so you see bunches of fabric that doesn’t look very good.  It can really give your home a messy appearance from the outside of your home.  We work hard to make sure our window treatments not only fit perfectly and look great inside but we also take time to make sure the outside look is equally flattering.  After all, you may have more people noticing your house from the outside then seeing it from the inside.

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Custom Drapery

When you design your home with custom drapery they are often made with good linings.  This not only creates a good view from the outside of your house but it also adds insulation to your windows.  Lining on a custom drapery also adds better shape to your window treatment and create a better overall look.  Custom drapery are designed with your style in mind and made to order.

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How To Create Curb Appeal With Window Coverings

When you want to make sure your house looks fantastic from every view, you want to make sure your window treatments add the right touch.  This doesn’t mean you have to design all the window treatments the same, unless you want to. Most custom window fashions are made with quality materials and extra care so they look better from every angle.  If you are looking for new window treatments, let Ambiance Window Coverings help you create the perfect look for your home.  We know how to create curb appeal with window coverings!

Popular Decorating Ideas In Omaha

popular decorating ideas in OmahaYou may want to redecorate your living space but not really know where to start. Ambiance Window Coverings can help you fine-tune your dreams and create the perfect space that fits your personal style and comfort level. With years of experience as both an interior decorator and a window fashions designer, you will find Donna both fun and energetic when it comes to transforming your living space. Here are a few popular decorating ideas in Omaha. Use them to inspire you to customize your own space.

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The Furniture For Your Living Space

Think about your area you want to redecorate. Is it a formal living room or a guest bedroom? Decide what you want to accomplish besides making the place more appealing. If you need extra storage space, consider using small stackable storage units for side tables. You can easily add a place for extra books or accessories to add a bit of color to your room. Having comfortable furnishings in a style you like will help you create a space that makes you want to relax and enjoy.

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Painted or Repurposed Furniture

You can easily transform your room and give it a casual look by painting your wood furniture. This popular decorating ideas in Omaha is really transforming homes all over the U.S. There are many different paints available that will brighten the look of your home. You can also repurpose furniture. A 6-drawer dresser for example can become an entryway bench or if you’re really handy, a bathroom piece complete with sinks and drawers. There are many ways to repurpose furniture to meet your needs and add an element of casual color to your space. At Ambiance Window Coverings we have a variety of custom window treatments and accessories that will make your space unique and inviting.

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Add Custom Accessories

Pillows, mirrors and floral arrangements will brighten your space without costing a fortune. You will love the way just a few pieces can brighten your day and the look of your room. You will find that changing accessories is a good way to add interest to your room without having to change furniture. If your furniture can only go one way in a room, you will find adding interesting home furnishings, custom drapery and accessories will ensure you don’t get bored with the room. If decorating isn’t your thing, don’t worry we can help.

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Window Treatments

Another way to change up your room is by adding window treatments. You can easily add a bamboo shade to brighten your room and give it a lighter more airy feeling. If your shades are dark in color, consider what a lighter color shade would do for your room. Maybe adding a wood blind or a wood shutter would do the trick. Today’s window treatments come in a variety of styles and colors. They are easy to care for and designed to last a lifetime. With motorized shades, you can not only change the look of your room but add an interesting modern aspect that will bring you comfort and ease all year long.

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Popular Decorating Ideas In Omaha

If you are contemplating some changes in your home, you owe it to yourself to call Ambiance Window Coverings for a free in-home consultation. We can help you realize your dreams for a unique custom look that will be both comfortable and appealing. Call today, we look forward to working with you.

Rethinking Vertical Blinds and Shades

rethinking vertical blinds and shadesVertical Blinds are perfect option for the home décor for many reasons. They come in a variety of colors and materials that make them versatile and easy to use. While some windows may not look quite right in a vertical blind or shade, you would be surprised how they really look great on even tall narrow windows. If you’re thinking about decorating your home with new window treatments, consider how vertical blinds or shades will enhance the overall look of your room. Rethinking Vertical Blinds and Shades will allow you to consider how beautiful they look and how they can make your room appear taller.

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What’s Your Decorating Goal?

Think about what you want your room to look like when you’re finished. Thinking about the finished effect will enable you to choose the right style of vertical blind or shade. For a modern, sleek style choose a vinyl or metallic blind. Our Hunter Douglas Skyline® Gliding window panels offer a unique way to cover your wide windows with large 17” panels. If you are looking for a more casual option you might like our Crosswinds® wood blinds or our Cadence® Soft verticals. If you really want to add an elegant window treatment, consider our breathtaking Luminette® Privacy Sheers featuring a soft vane with attached sheer.

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How Will The Room Be Used?

Decide what your privacy and light needs are in the room you’re decorating. If you have a sunroom, you may prefer a sheer to a blind so that you can take advantage of diffused light while still protecting your furnishings from UV rays. If you’re decorating a bedroom however, you may want something with darker fabric or closer vanes to block the sun when you’re taking an afternoon nap or trying to sleep in on Saturdays.  Consider the other furnishing in the room and how they will look with your new window treatments.  Will they compliment the look or detract from it?

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What’s Your Color Scheme

Once you decide the overall style décor and how much light you need, you can start thinking about your color scheme. Rethinking vertical blinds and shades gives you a multitude of color options including metallic, stains and geometric shapes and patterns.

Vertical blinds and shades are available in a wide range of colors. You can choose a neutral or a bold, bright hue. Color plays a big role in the ambiance your room creates. Choose a light neutral or cream to create a clean, light atmosphere. If you want you’re blinds or shades to stand out, choose a brighter color or pattern to create a focal point. If your room is full of other colors and the focus isn’t your windows, choose a calmer color or pattern. Ambiance Window Coverings offers in-home consultations so you can play with fabric and material samples to visualize how your room will look before you purchase your vertical window treatments.

roman shadesCoordinate Your Room

You can choose different blinds and shades for various windows in your room. If you are covering a sliding glass door with a vertical blind, you can add a horizontal blind to a smaller window in the same room or living space. Many of the fabrics we carry come in a variety of window treatments to fit any size or shape window.   Our Duette® Honeycomb shades and Vignette® Roman shades come with a Vertiglide™ option for larger, wider windows.

You can soften your vertical blinds with a soft sheer fabric placed above the window and draped on either side. This is an easy way to hide the window frame and soften the hard lines of the vertical blinds. We also work with soft window treatments and custom drapery to layer your window treatments for a unique look.

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Rethinking Vertical Blinds and Shades

At Ambiance Window Coverings, we will work hard to help you create the space your dreaming of. We have a variety of window treatments to show you, including: shutters, shades, blinds and custom drapery. If you haven’t thought about using a vertical blind in awhile, it might be a good time to check out the new styles and consider how a vertical blind or shade might improve the overall look of your décor.

Can Window Treatments Really Save Energy?

honeycomb shadesCan window treatments really save energy? Winter is quickly approaching and you may be concerned about the cost of heating your home. According to Hunter Douglas, your windows have the potential to lose up to 50% of your heating and cooling energy. So the question remains, can window treatments really save energy?

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Department Of Energy Findings

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, window treatments can save up to 25% of heat loss in the winter and 45% of heat gain in the summer. It really depends on the type of window treatment and how they are installed.   Here are a few options:

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Custom Drapery

You can create insulation at your windows with custom drapery. You should choose a medium color drapery and add a plastic barrier lining. This will keep your windows from creating heat loss in the winter and heat gain in the summer. You can also choose a light color backing for summer time. The light color will reflect the heat and a dark color for wintertime. The dark color will absorb heat. This will in effect help with the energy it takes to heat or cool your home and this will save you money on your utility bill. Custom drapery can be installed to hang to the floor or even pool on the floor. You can also add a valence or top treatment to start your custom drapery above the window. Adding Velcro to seal the drapery around the window will further help insulate your room.

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Honeycomb Shades

Honeycomb shades are designed to be energy efficient. They come in a variety of styles with different cell sizes. You can also choose single, double and triple cellular construction. Honeycomb shades are versatile and easy to decorate with. They come in a multitude of colors and translucencies so you can enjoy filtered light if you desire. Allowing the natural light to replace artificial light will save energy too.

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Can Window Treatments Really Save Energy?

Yes they can, it’s about keeping the heat out during summer and keeping the heat in during winter. If you want to save energy at your windows, here are a few tips:

  1. Use weather stripping and caulking to seal your windows.
  2. Open your window treatments on sunny winter days to take advantage of the suns heat. Close your window treatments at night to keep the heat inside.
  3. Keep your window treatments closed during the summer to keep the heat out.

Ambiance Window Coverings can help you take advantage of energy efficient window treatments. Your window treatments can save you money but don’t think for a minute you have to sacrifice beauty and style. We’ll show you how you can have amazing window treatments that perform the way you need them to. Call Ambiance Window Coverings today for a free in-home consultation.

2015 What’s Trending In Bathroom Design And Window Treatments

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Provenance® Woven Wood Shades

When it comes to designing your new bathroom, what’s trending in bathroom design and window treatments will inspire you to create a unique space.  Your personal style will determine what appeals to you and how you want your new bathroom to look. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

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Applause® Honeycomb Shades

Larger Open Design Bathrooms

Bathrooms today are designed to be lived in.  You can tell by the open floor plans and larger spaces offered for the bathroom area.  With the larger space, more windows and open features comes more attention to heating and cooling this area of the home.  Energy efficient window treatments like our honeycomb shades are an excellent choice in the bathroom area.  They come in anti-microbial fabric to help keep mold and mildew at bay.  No matter what season of the year it is, they will help keep your cool air in during the summer and your warm air in during the winter.  A modern approach to hanging window treatments includes our top-down/bottom up operating system.  We have a variety of Hunter Douglas honeycomb shades in many different fabrics and cell sizes.

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Celebrity® Aluminum Blinds

Stand Alone Furnishings and Tubs

When you begin to look at what’s trending in bathroom design and window treatments, you’ll begin to see how stand alone furnishings like sinks, tubs and dressers are included in the bath area.  Wood furniture is adorned in beautiful colors for a unique warm look.  Aluminum blinds like the ones pictured above are becoming more popular too.  They come in a multitude of colors just perfect for matching the artistic wood furniture.

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Pirouette® Shadings

Elegant Spa Baths

Baths today are designed to be lived in and enjoyed.  Relaxation is a prized commodity in our busy lives and the bathroom is one place you can use to unwind.  Spa bathrooms today include luxury window fashions like our Pirouette® Shadings.  Elegant side treatments add a sophisticated look that resembles a high-end spa. perfect for soaking in the tub.

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Palm Beach™ Polysatin Shutters

Large Showers and Luxury Baths

With the larger bath areas come larger more luxury shower areas.  Adding the right windows to your floor plan often add the right touch to the outside look of your home.  If they happen to land in the shower like the picture above, you can relax.  Our Palm Beach™ Polysatin Shutters are designed to withstand moisture and heat unlike any other shutter.  Shutters in the bathroom should always be made from material like this.  It looks good and never fades, warps or suffers from the conditions most bathrooms have.

what’s Trending in Bathroom Design and Window Treatments

If you are looking for the perfect interior design for your bathroom, Ambiance Window Coverings can help.  Donna’s experience in interior design gives her the perfect edge for helping you create a warm, relaxing bathroom area.  Your window treatments will add to the effect.  Call Ambiance Window Coverings today for a consultation.  We will be happy to coordinate our work with your builder too.

What Makes Vignette® Modern Roman Shades So Special

what makes vignette modern roman shades so specialIntroducing what makes Vignette® Modern Roman Shades so special. These beautiful Roman Shades come in a multitude of colors and have no exposed rear cords for a simple, uncluttered look. See for yourself why we think they offer a superior solution for your windows

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With Vignette® Modern Roman Shades you can choose your fold size and style. Choose From:
4” Traditional – This is the traditional Roman Shade with cascading billowing folds.
6” Flat Fold – This fold is nicely pressed for a crisp, sophisticated look.
Architella® – This feature is our most energy efficient option. An Architella® cellular shade layer is added to the back of the Vignette for extra insulation at the window.
Tiered™ Options – This allows your Vignette to softly stack. You can stack them up, stack them down or stack them somewhere in between.
Traversed™ with Vertiglide™ – For your large windows and sliding glass doors, this allows you to choose a vertical orientation.
Alustra® Vignette® Modern Roman Shades
For a more dramatic look, these exclusive fabrics offer rich textures and an upscale look

window coveringsChoose From A Variety Of Lifting System

One of things that makes Vignette® Modern Roman Shades so special is that you can choose your lifting system to increase safety or add convenience. Choose from:
PowerView® Motorization – PowerView motorized shades works with your mobile APP to allow you to program your shades to operate throughout the day. With the pebble remote, you can also operate your shades with the touch of a button. If you haven’t looked into PowerView® you’re in for a surprise!
LiteRise® – This Cordless lifting system allows you to raise and lower your shades by hand. Simply push up or pull down and your shades stay where you put them. This is a safe option for children and pets.
EasyRise™ – A continuous cord loop allows you to operate your shades quietly and reliably.
UltraGlide® – This is a retractable cord option for extra child and pet safety.
Top-Down, Bottom-Up – This is one of my favorite lifting options. You can enjoy a view out from the top of your windows or the bottom or both!
Home Automation – Window treatments today are designed to be integrated with your home automation so you can open and close your windows remotely. We can show you how.

vignette roman shadesWhat Makes Vignette® Modern Roman Shades So Special

Besides looking amazing, Vignette® Modern Roman Shades are made to be durable and wear well. Hunter Douglas backs them with a generous lifetime warranty that is the best in the industry. You can choose a fabric that allows your Vignette® to absorb sound and insulate the windows. This can make a huge difference on your utility bill. It also can help with noises from hard wood flooring or to keep outside noises at a minimum. Vignette® adds great protection to your furnishings too with 75% reduction in harmful rays.

what makes Vignette® Modern Roman Shades so specialDecorating With Vignette® Roman Shades

You can see all the beautiful Hunter Douglas products in Omaha when you call Ambiance Window Coverings and request a no-hassle, free in-home consultation. We can help you design the perfect solution for your windows. We have experience with measuring and installing window treatments, even on the most difficult window sizes and placements. Call today and see for yourself what makes Vignette® Modern Roman Shades so special; they will transform your living space!

Product Feature: Hunter Douglas Solera Soft Shades

Hunter Douglas Solera Soft ShadesHunter Douglas Solera Soft Shades are a remarkable addition to any home or office. They are a unique Roman Shade made of woven and non-woven fabrics. You will love the sculpted look. Choose from a multitude of colors to achieve the look you want. We’ll show you how Hunter Douglas Solera Soft Shades can transform your room with elegant style.

cellular shadeCellular Shade Construction

Solera soft shades by Hunter Douglas are the only soft shades with cellular construction. This unique aspect allows them to provide energy efficiency at your windows and also helps absorb sound. You can improve your room’s acoustics or reduce the intensity of outdoor noise. The degree of sound control depends on the fabric you choose so be sure and discuss this option with Donna during your home visit.

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Solera Soft Shade Operating System Options

PowerView™ Motorization

Just program your PowerView motorized shades to move your Hunter Douglas Solera Soft Shades to the exact position you want. Then control and schedule them using the intuitive PowerView App on your smartphone or tablet. You can also operate your PowerView settings using the stunning new PowerView Pebble™ Control.

LiteRise Operating System

The LiteRise® operating system makes raising and lowering blinds and shades easier than ever. Simply push up to raise and pull down to lower. Your blinds and shades stay right where you put them

UltraGlide® Operating System

This revolutionary Hunter Douglas operating system uses a retractable cord mechanism to raise and lower the window shade or shading. A constant cord length means there are never any long, dangling cords to detract from the appearance of the shade. Ideal for child and pet safety

The EasyRise™ Solution

With our EasyRise™ continuous cord loop you can raise, adjust and lower your shades by simply pulling on the cord.

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Choosing Hunter Douglas Solera Soft Shades

If you haven’t seen our Solera Soft Shades, now is a great time to call for an in-home demonstration. We will be happy to show you how amazing these unique Roman Shades are. Call Ambiance Window Coverings today for a free in-home consultation. Our design consultant can help you select the perfect window treatment for your home. We work closely with you to find the exact window treatment that will meet your unique needs and provide you with the perfect solution for covering your windows. We will professionally measure and install your custom window treatments to ensure a perfect fit. All our window treatments are made to order and come with a fantastic warranty. If you have questions about our service or our window treatments, just give us a call. We look forward to working with you.

Product Feature – Hunter Douglas Pirouette Shades

hunter douglas pirouette shadesHunter Douglas Pirouette Shades have the look and feel of a fabric shade yet they offer you more light control and privacy. Pirouette window shadings feature soft, horizontal vanes that are attached to a sheer backing. You can adjust the vanes to filter light. With over 250 color combinations, Pirouette shades offers you a beautiful style you won’t find in a regular shade.

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Enjoy The View With Hunter Douglas Pirouette Shades

Simply pull a cord or push a button and the shade transforms from cascading folds to contoured vanes. Pirouettes are an excellent choice for bringing natural light in and allowing a view to the outside. Choose from 4” or 5” inch vanes to allow for a large view through. You will love the beautiful ambiance they bring to your room and convenient lifting options give them the convenience you’ll treasure.

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Room Darkening or Light-Filtering

When you choose Pirouette window shades, you have control of how much light comes through your shade. You can choose fabric vanes in either a sheer fabric or opaque. The fabric you choose determines how much light will filter in so they can be used in every room, including rooms where you want to block out all daylight.

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Energy Efficient and UV Protection

Hunter Douglas Pirouette shades are surprisingly energy efficient. When closed they offer an insulating quality and block up to 99% of UV rays. When open the sheer backing acts as a continual barrier to harsh rays of the sun and offers over 80% UV protection for your furnishings and flooring.

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Why Choose Ambiance Window Coverings?

You can rest assured when you shop with Ambiance Window Coverings that you will receive quality window treatments. Hunter Douglas Pirouette shades like all our products are made to last a lifetime. I will come to your home and work closely with you to figure out which product will meet your needs for light control and privacy and to determine your design preferences. As an interior designer, I can help you select a perfect option for your home or office. We will professionally measure your windows. Each window treatment we offer is made to order and handcrafted in the USA and expertly installed. Our products are designed to be durable and wear well to retain their beauty. They are backed by a generous Hunter Douglas limited lifetime warranty. As your locally owned Omaha window treatment company we stand behind our services and are able to provide you with all the window treatments you need for your entire home or office.