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Window Treatments for Basement Windows

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Though it might not be obvious at first, windows greatly influence the look and feel of your basement. Your window coverings, then, need to be functional and versatile enough to make the space feel just right. Learn more about how to choose the best window treatments for your basement.

Outline Your Goals

When deciding on new basement window treatments, think about what you’re trying to achieve in the overall space. Are you looking to add better privacy? Do you want to draw more attention to your windows? Your goals should help you determine the best window covering options for your basement.

Custom shades or custom blinds are great choices to inject your own personal style. Since you can choose from a wide array of colours and patterns, it’s easy to have window treatments that are totally unique. As basement windows vary widely – they can be egress windows or larger ones – custom options are best for meeting the unique needs and dimensions of this space.

Horizontal blinds provide privacy and flexibility to filter light when you need it. This timeless window treatment option can seamlessly tie in with your current decor, or add an extra pop to the space depending on the colour you choose. For the perfect movie night environment, just adjust the cord or wand for more privacy. For extra warmth and light during the day, open the blinds completely.

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Basement Window Treatments for High Moisture Spaces

Basements are more prone to dampness and mold growth compared to other rooms in the home. As such, you’ll want to pick window treatments that not only look great, but can withstand a humid environment.

If you want to opt for wood blinds, a perfect choice is Faux Wood, which are made from composite materials, and offer the warm appearance found in natural wood blinds. Made with durable materials, faux wood blinds are resistant to warping and cracking. However, there are numerous alternatives that would be better suited options for this space.

Aluminum blinds are another great option since they’re resistant to moisture. This lightweight and durable window treatment option is available in hundreds of colours – whatever your decor is, aluminum blinds are versatile enough to complement it. Plus, they are an economical option that fit any budget.

It’s useful to note that it’s better to avoid natural wood window treatments in moist basements as they’ll eventually degrade over time. Natural wood window treatments soak up water molecules, causing the slats or louvers to expand. As they dry, the wood then shrinks and may become hard or brittle.

Brighten Up Your Basement

The window coverings you ultimately choose can transform a dark and dreary basement into a bright and comfortable space.

Solar shades are made with a fabric that helps to protect against UV rays without obstructing your view. These roller shades reduce glare, heat, and prevent sunlight from fading your furniture and flooring. Raise these window shades to bring in as much sunshine as possible.

Using motorized shades is another great way to brighten up your basement with ease. With this convenient control system, you can add even more functionality to your shades or blinds. Motorized shades are available in various fabric types that are capable of reducing glare while maintaining a great view of the outdoors. You can control your motorized shades through a mobile app, handheld remote, or wall remote – with this option, creating the perfect environment for movie or game night is quick and simple.

In general, choose white or light-coloured window shades if you want to brighten up your basement. Lighter window treatments make the space feel much more airy. Replace any heavy or dark window coverings with sheer options to introduce more natural light.

Create a Functional and Beautiful Basement

Basement window coverings should be functional, durable, and stylish. Choosing the right ones could make your basement feel more spacious and comfortable overall.

Browse through our selection of window treatments for more inspiration on how to upgrade your basement windows.

How to Measure Windows for Blinds

Windows and Blinds

There are a few questions to consider when installing blinds. How much smaller should blinds be than the window? Do blinds go inside or outside the window frame? In this article, we will tackle these questions and more to help you understand how to properly treat your windows. Read on for all the tips you’ll need to get started.

Inside Mounts

Inside mount blinds are installed inside the window frame. This mounting style is more traditional and is generally the primary installation method for blinds. This is how to best measure them.

First, measure the width inside the window opening at the top, middle and bottom. Note the narrowest of the three width measurements, and round down to the nearest 1/8″.

Next, you’ll need to measure the height inside the window opening from the top of the window opening to the window sill three times – from the left, the centre and the right – and take the longest of the 3 measurements. If you’d like to keep the blind from resting on the sill, take 1/4″ off the height.

Finally, you’ll need to measure the window on the diagonal. If the two diagonal dimensions differ significantly, it may be necessary to order an outside mount for optimal light control and privacy.

Outside Mounts

As the name implies, outside mount blinds are installed outside of the window frame, usually on the trim or above the window. Here’s how you’ll want to measure them.
Since outside window blinds do not have to fit within any parameters, they provide more flexibility when choosing window treatments for your home.

To start, measure the distance from the outermost points you’d like the blind to cover. To minimize light leakage the blind should overlap the window opening by at least 1 1/2″ on each side for a total of 3″ on the entire width.

Next, measure the distance from where the top of the blind will be located to the window sill. The blind should overlap the window opening on the top by at least 1-1/2″.

Windows With Moulding Or Trim

  • These types of windows will require specific considerations when making your measurements. First, measure from the far left edge of the trim to the far right edge of the trim.
  • For wood blinds, faux wood blinds, aluminum blinds, and other products with end mount brackets take a 1/4″ deduction from the measurement to allow room to mount the end brackets onto the trim.
  • Measure the height from the top edge of the window trim to the bottom edge of the window trim or the window sill. To mount the blind above the window trim start your measurement at least 2″ above the top edge of the trim and measure down to the bottom edge of the window trim or window sill.

New Blinds For Good Measure

Now you should have a good background in how to measure your windows for blinds. With a little attention to details, you’ll have your dream window blinds installed and looking great in no time.

Be sure to explore our wide selection of window treatments before you get measuring!

New Year, New Energy: Using Feng Shui to Choose the Best Window Treatments

Choosing a fresh new style and approach to your home décor can be just the thing your home needs for a New Year refresh. If you feel as though the energy or flow of your home can be improved upon, you might benefit from examining the ancient Chinese philosophy of Feng Shui. Feng Shui’s guiding principle dictates that one should live in harmony and prosperity with their environment, which can also apply to home furnishings and décor.

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The art of Feng Shui also takes a unique approach when it comes to windows. Windows aren’t simply referred to as windows, but are instead considered to be the “eyes of the home” and are directly linked to your ability to see clearly in life. Given that windows are such an important part of observing the art, practitioners of Feng Shui must take great care when selecting window treatments so as not to negatively impact the energy that permeates their living space.

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Considerations and Guidelines

One important thing to remember when choosing window blinds, motorized shades, or any other window covering for your home, is that maximum harmony is achieved by allowing in an abundance of natural light during the day and providing privacy at night. For some, finding this balance can be difficult, but it is essential if the goal is to create good energy in your space regardless of the time of day. 

During the day, a light and airy window treatment that allows energy (or “Chi”, as it is more commonly referred to) to flow easily throughout your home is ideal. At night of course, a solid fabric is best to maximize privacy.

If this is your first time exploring Feng Shui, you might be tempted to overthink it, so it should be noted here that the best application of Feng Shui involves a light touch; remember that Feng Shui is, at its core, about peace and balance. Here are a few other things to remember when shopping for Feng Shui-minded window coverings for your home: 

  • Be mindful when selecting your colour palette. You want the colour to work in harmony with the room’s décor, not compete with it.

  • If you’re considering a bold pattern for your window coverings, make sure that it expresses the correct Feng Shui element according to the bagua map.

Types and Materials

You might think that given the goals associated with a Feng Shui optimized space, the types of window coverings that you have to choose from are limited. But, this is farther from the truth.  It’s important to note, however, there are some materials that are viewed more kindly than others when considering Feng Shui. 

  • If you want to install window blinds, choose an option that is made from an organic material like wood instead of plastic or metal.

  • Consider each room separately – what works in one room may not be appropriate in another. For example, in your bedroom, you’ll likely want fabric curtains made from a light and flowing fabric which will provide a soft, nourishing energy in this contemplative space.

  • Always be willing to experiment! Take a chance on a non-conventional window treatment style or material. You might surprise yourself with a window covering that positively enhances your home’s Chi. 

 

Other Key Considerations

Feng Shui represents a unique approach to decorating your home that takes home design to a level beyond simply finding elements that look good together. Here are a few more tips to consider if you decide to take a Feng Shui approach in your home:

  • Make sure the window coverings you choose are easy to open and close. Struggling with pull cords located in difficult to reach places can create bad energy, as well as pose a safety hazard to small children and pets. In fact, by 2021 Health Canada will restrict the length of the cords and the size of the loops found on window coverings sold in Canada.

  • Allow as much natural light to enter the space during the day as possible to maximize the amount of positive energy allowed to enter your home.

  • Keep your windows dust and streak free, as doing so maximizes the Chi that passes through.

  • When buying drapes, make sure that they are sized appropriately so that they frame the window well. If possible, take measurements in order to obtain drapes that have been customized for your home and ensure you purchase corresponding drapery tracks to suit your space.

Taking a new approach and implementing elements of Feng Shui into your home design and decorating is one worth exploring, especially if you feel your home needs an injection of positive vibes and energy. There’s no better time than the start of a new year to integrate some harmony, peace and positive energy. 

Transitioning Your Window Treatments Depending on the Season

Much in the same way you would swap out certain décor elements with each passing season, you can help to alter the look and feel of your home by selecting window treatments that are seasonally appropriate. While your current window treatments may work well year-round, sprucing them up every year or so will help to keep you home looking refreshed and welcoming regardless of the season. Below are a few guidelines to follow before we get too far into the next season.

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Warm Up For Winter

Choosing the right window treatments for those cold winter months can go a long way in  keeping your space stylish and warm. 

To help keep your space physically warmer, invest in some insulated window coverings. These thermal drapes will prevent the heat of your home from permeating through the window and significantly reduce any drafts. There are a number of different types of window coverings that are, at least in part, designed to mitigate heat loss. For example, honeycomb or cellular shades are great insulators as the cells that make up these window coverings trap air. 

In terms of material, you’ll want something along the lines of velvet; not only does this fabric act as a physical barrier against the cold, it aesthetically exudes warmth, thereby making your space feel more comfortable during months of inclement weather. 

Lastly, remember to be strategic as to when you raise or lower your shades or vertical blinds when it is colder outside. Leave them raised during the day to allow the sun’s rays to warm your home and lowered at night to keep the cold from creeping in. 

 

Spring Into Warmer Weather

As you might expect, the heavier, warmer insulating window coverings that worked well during the winter may not be the best options as the freeze of winter begins to thaw. As the seasons transition into warmer weather, window treatments made from light-coloured and sheer materials are ideal. However, understanding that it may not always be practical to opt for new blinds or shades every season, side channels are a great way to make your window treatments work year round. Side channels work as tracks for window blinds to run along, but are also handy for achieving total blackout, improving insulation efficiency, as well as providing structure and style. 

As you move into summer, they can help mitigate solar radiation, while also working to keep your home warm during the winter. 

The nice thing about sheer window coverings is that they still allow you to diffuse light without completely blocking it out; your space remains appropriately lit, and you don’t lose much in terms of visibility to the outside world. For those who suffer from allergies, transitioning to a lighter material means that fewer allergens will become trapped in the window coverings over the course of the season, and regular washing is made easier since sheer fabrics are lightweight and don’t take up as much room in the washing machine. 

On the negative side of sheer fabrics is a concern for privacy. To address this concern, sheer vertical blinds are the perfect solution as they combine the style of sheer fabric with the privacy functionality inherent in blinds. Homeowners can then choose to keep them open to allow light to enter or close them when privacy is required. 

 

Shielding The Summer Sun

During those long summer days, you’ll want to ensure you keep your home cool and comfortable while also protecting your space from the sun’s rays. Choosing the right window coverings will help to limit the amount of direct sunlight that is permitted to enter your home keeping the ideal temperature in your home constant and lowering your overall cooling costs.

With drapes, avoid dark colours that will absorb and radiate heat; the surface that faces the outside should be light in colour or white, so that it will more effectively reflect the sun’s rays. The types of window coverings that are generally regarded as being the most effective during the summer include honeycomb or cellular shades (due to their ability to create air pockets within the cells), blackout cellular shades, and Roman shades. Again, a lighter shade is preferable, especially when combined with a plastic liner. 

 

Fall For Fall

When it comes to weather, autumn can be a bit of a mixed bag. As such, choosing the right window coverings for this season can be tricky, but to cover the constant changing of temperature, stick to something made of a mid-weight fabric that provides some light mitigation. Cellular shades can help with insulation (whether it be from hot or cold temperatures) while vertical blinds or Roman shades can aesthetically help you transition your space from the warmer to the cooler months of the year. 

If you ever thought that choosing the right window coverings for your home was a difficult task, it may surprise you that you should really have a different window treatment solution for different times of the year in order to keep your home looking and feeling seasonally appropriate.