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How to Save Energy Costs With Shades and Window Treatments

decorating with whiteWe are constantly looking for new ways to cut costs and save money. And it’s understandable to avoid spending money on home updates, even if it will lead to a more valued and energy efficient home in the long run. If you’re really looking to save money, you need to change your way of thinking about windows. Windows offer very little resistance to the flow of heat, and can allow up to 50% of your home’s heating and cooling expenses to flow right through them. If you want to cut energy costs, make your home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter, and add aesthetic value to your home with a huge variety of energy efficient options, then you may be interested in the help we are here to provide.

An important thing to figure out is which windows need the most and the least attention. West-facing windows admit the hottest light and need the most coverage, whereas south-facing windows are the most important natural light source and do not need major coverage.

Simple Window Coverage

For some of the simplest and most effective window coverage, try installing window shades. In the summer, you should lower shades on all sunlit windows. During the winter, however, you should pay special attention to the south-facing windows. For the best results in energy savings, raise shades on those windows during the day, and lower them at night. Some options that provide maximum energy efficiency include honeycomb or cellular shades, shutters, roman shades, and horizontal sheer blinds. These shades act as both insulation and air barrier, and control air infiltration more effectively than other soft window treatments.

Window blinds are more effective at reducing summer heat gain than reducing winter heat loss. Highly reflective blinds are able to control and reduce heat gain in the summer months by up to 45%. Additionally, they can be adjusted to block and reflect direct sunlight onto a light-colored ceiling, which will diffuse the light without much heat or glare.

If you’re installing shades, blinds, or draperies, it is important to install them properly for the best results. This involves hanging or mounting them as close to windows and walls as possible in order to establish a sealed air space. You can also use Velcro or magnetic tape on the sides and bottoms of drapes, which can reduce heat loss up to 25%. However, it is best to have a professional perform a custom treatment on your home.

Pucher’s has a large selection of wood blinds, vertical blinds, mini blinds, shutters, Roman shades, pleated shades, cellular honeycomb shades, roller shades, and Silhouettes. We also have tons of styles, colors, and operating systems available to fit all of your various needs. Because of our buying power, we discount many of our fabric lines 10-15% every day! Our window treatments are all quality products at great values. With the cost you will also get:

  • Free expert design consultants (in-store)
  • Free measures
  • Lifetime installation warranty
  • Installer professionalism guarantee
  • “No surprises” price quotes
  • Angie’s List Super Service Award Winner 2011

These factors are extremely helpful aids in the already affordable window treatments we have to offer. The right window treatments can actually pay for themselves in as little as seven years in Northern Ohio. And with the help of our expert design consultants and professional installers, the “right” and most energy efficient window treatment is simple to acquire. Call one of stores in Cleveland, Berea or North Royalton today for a free in-home consultation, and we’ll bring the fabric samples to you.

Decorating With Roman Shades

roman-styles-resized-600Create a Custom Look for Your Home with Roman Shades

It’s no wonder that Roman shades are among the most popular window treatment option. They are one of the most versatile window treatments you can buy.   In fact, this is one window treatment that both men and women tend to agree on.  First, they look great on both horizontal and vertical windows (even sliders).  They can be insulating as well as light-filtering or blocking.   But they not only do a great job of covering your windows, they also add fashion, color, softness and character to your decor. The only challenge is deciding on the right style and fabric to create the perfect look for your home.  So let’s help you get started designing your shades.


Which Roman Shade is Right for My Room?

There are many different styles of Roman shades, so you are sure to find one that will complement the style of your home.  Take a look at the guide to the right.

The plain or flat panel and hobbled styles are simple and classic.   They will lend a streamlined, tailored look for your windows.

The relaxed or linen fold styles will create a more casual look.

Balloon, London and Opera shades add softness and a feminine touch to your decor.

Express Your Style with the Perfect Fabric

So you’ve settled on a style of shade.  When selecting your fabric, there are a couple of things to consider.

1.  First, as you saw from the diagram above, certain styles work best with certain types of fabrics.  For example, balloon shades will hang much better if they are made of lightweight fabrics.  So you wouldn’t try to make balloon shades out of microsuede.

2.  How much light do you want to let in?  Obviously, sheer fabrics are more light-filtering and heavier fabrics are more light-blocking.  So consider how you will use the room and decide how much light control you need.  Of course, whatever material you choose, you can always opt to have the shades lined for extra privacy.

3.  Are you concerned about energy efficiency?  Heavier fabrics will be more insulating and might be a good choice for north-facing windows in colder climates or south-facing windows in hotter climates.

4.  What kind of look and feel do you want to create in this space?   Natural fabrics like cotton, linen and grainsack will help to create a casual, country feel.  An embroidered silk would look great in traditional or even Asian-inspired interiors. Woven woods and grasses lend a warm, organic, earthy element to your room.   A texture like faux suede lends a more masculine touch.  You get the idea.  It’s the combination of shade style and fabric that ultimately creates the look.

Don’t Forget to Accessorize

The great thing about custom window treatments is there are so many options to help you create shades that reflect your personal style.  Adding extra details like banding, scallops, pleats, tassels or beaded fringe allows you to create a one-of-a-kind look for your interiors.  Adding a coordinating valance above the shade completes the look.

roman-shade-country-french-resized-600Some Gorgeous Examples

Note how the arched roman shade (pictured right) adds just the right amount of warmth, color and softness to an otherwise neutral kitchen.  The provencale-styled fabric and the relaxed style of the shade are a perfect fit for this country french kitchen.

 

 

 

roman-shade-grosgrain-band-resized-600A simple hobbled Roman shade with black grosgrain banding is the perfect complement to the patterned wallpaper in this traditional half-bath.

 

 

 

 

roman-shade-woven-wood-dining-resized-600Woven woods are not usually an obvious choice for a formal dining room.  But the Hunter Douglas Provenance woven wood shades (pictured, right, in Safari) create an exotic feel in this otherwise traditional space.   Because they are not tightly woven, they do a beautiful job of filtering daylight.

 

 

balloon-shades-modern-resized-600Even though balloon shades are very traditional in style, this pair succeeds in creating a more modern look. The geometric pattern of the fabric, along with the playful vertical ties, adds the element of whimsy to this eclectic space.

 

Key Takeaway:  Roman shades are among the most versatile of window treatments and are great way to personalize your interiors – not just cover your windows.  I hope we’ve given you some helpful hints and ideas to start designing shades for your own home.  The talented designers at Pucher’s are experts at window treatment design and have lots more ideas to share with you.  Plus we’ve got hundreds of gorgeous fabrics to choose from.  Stop in to see us and bring your swatches!

Blinds vs. Shades – Which are Better?

These are basically two types of window treatments, although they come in a wide variety of styles and with lots of options.

Blinds are “hard” window treatments with slats or vanes made of wood, composite, vinyl or aluminum.  They can be horizontal or vertical.  Shutters are a gorgeous alternative but function in much the same way.

Shades are “soft” window coverings made of fabric, vinyl, woven woods or grasses.

When deciding between the two and selecting any type of window treatment you need to consider these factors:

vigtailored_powerrisetwo_bathroom-resized-600Privacy & Light Control

How will you use the room?  Bedrooms and bathrooms have an obvious need for privacy and light control, as well as rooms where you’ll watch TV or work at a computer.  Blinds provide the most flexibility with privacy & light control because they can be raised or lowered, as well as tilted open or closed depending upon the amount of privacy/light you desire.   With shades, privacy & light control is mainly achieved by raising or lowering the shade, but also depends on the type and color of material you choose.  Shade materials range from sheer to light filtering to completely light blocking. (Note that darker fabrics block more light, as the Hunter Douglas Vignette roman shade pictured above  demonstrates.)

graber-cellular-1-resized-600Climate & Natural Light

The right window treatment can actually increase your home’s energy efficiency.  Western and Southern facing rooms receive strong warm light, plus homes in Southern climates or anywhere in the summer require stronger light & heat control.  Energy-efficient window treatments like cellular/honeycomb shades (shown here from Graber) trap hot or cold air at the window.  In a Northern climate, during the winter months or in a North-facing room, you might want to allow more light in to take advantage of the sun’s radiant heat.   Moreover, UV light can damage, fade or darken beautiful hardwood floors and fine furnishings.  In these rooms, you may want to consider window shades specifically made to block UV light.

heritance-truview-childsroom_1-resized-600Architectural Details & Room Decor

Great architectural details, like the bay window (pictured right), take center stage with coordinating wood shutters or blinds.   The clean, tailored lines of shutters and blinds also complement contemporary, classic and masculine interiors.  If you’re going for a more feminine, romantic look you would opt for a soft window shade or drapery.

Also, consider the mix of materials in your room’s decor.  Ideally, you want to achieve a balance between hard materials like wood, tile & stone, metal and soft materials like fabric. For example, if your room has porcelain tile on the floor, wood and metal tables with leather furniture,  the softness & texture of a roman shade will help balance the decor.

silhouette-views-resized-600Your Lovely Views

If you’re blessed with gorgeous views outside, you’ll want shades that completely retract into the headrail or blinds/shutters with larger slats (2′” or more) that preserve more of the view outside when open.  One gorgeous option is the Hunter Douglas’ Silhouette window shading (pictured left) which does both!

Cleaning & Maintenance

In general, blinds and shutters are easier to clean than shades.  You simply dust or wipe down the slats.  Some blinds even feature removable slats!  Shades are a little trickier and are usually just spot-cleaned as needed.  Some fabric shades can be removed and cleaned in the bathtub with mild soap and water.  Our sales consultants will provide you with each manufacturer’s recommended cleaning and care tips.

Key Takeaway:  There are a lot of factors to consider when shopping for window treatments.  Our design consultants are window treatment experts and will help you navigate all the options to find the perfect blinds or shades for your home and family.

More Trends in Window Treatments

duette_literise_childsroom-resized-600Trend #4 – Go Cordless!

There are a number of reasons why cordless blinds and shades are becoming more popular.  From an aesthetic viewpoint, cordless blinds lend a cleaner, more streamlined look to your windows.  Many people simply don’t like the look of cords hanging from their windows.  Cordless blinds can also be easier to operate.  Is there anyone reading this who hasn’t struggled with cord pulls trying to get their blinds to hang just right?   More importantly, cords present a safety issue for homes with infants and young children.  That’s why the Window Covering Safety Council is recommending cordless blinds and shades in any room where young children sleep and play.  We invite you to visit www.windowcoverings.org for more information.  They also offer free retro-fit kits to modify the cords on your existing blinds and shades to make them safer.  Luckily, many of the most popular window treatments are now available in cordless options including Roman and roller shades, cellular and pleated shades, aluminum blinds and even wood blinds.

vigtailored_powerrisetwo_bathroom-resized-600 (1)Trend #5 – Motorization (Go High-Tech!)

For the ultimate in ease and convenience, check out the motorized options for window treatments.  Today, almost any blind or shade can be operated (lifted up and down and tilted open and closed) with the press of a button.  This option is perfect for those hard-to-reach windows, for children’s rooms and for anyone who loves high-tech options!

Key Takeaway:  You don’t have to struggle with lift cords anymore.  When shopping for window treatments, ask about cordless and motorized options!  They are safer and easier to operate and lend a more streamlined appearance to your windows. 

Trends in Window Treatments

silquartette_easyrise_bathroom-resized-600Trend #2 – Color

As homeowners become more color-confident,  we’re seeing a move toward bolder and warmer tones in blinds and shades. The overall palette is still soft, but mid-tone colors like purples, orange and red hues are popping up in the new collections. Here is a great example of how to use color on your windows.   We love how these golden sheer horizontal blinds play off the warm wood tones and add a warm ambiance to this bathroom (HD Silhouette Window Shadings in Parisian Summer from the Matisse Collection).

Notice what happens when you add a little color and texture to simple roller shades.   The Comfortex Serenade roller shades in eggplant (pictured below) add instant drama to this kitchen.  To try this in your own home, simply choose a hue that compliments your room’s overall color scheme. The design consultants at Pucher’s can help you pick the right color and then help you find the perfect window treatment!

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Trend #3 – Pattern

pattern1If you want your window treatments to make a statement, check out the new patterned blinds and shades.  Roller shades, roman shades and now cellular shades are available in patterns ranging from scrolls, florals, textured looks, designer-inspired silhouettes, polka dots as well as accent borders.  The Comfortex Persona collection allows you custom design your own window treatments!  You can choose from the patterns and colors in their design library or submit your own photo, graphic or design and they will print it on your blinds and shades.

puppy1The Comfortex Persona collection is ideal for kids and teens.  They can create blinds and shades for their room with their favorite designs & colors, pics, and team logos.  How cool is that?

Key Takeaway:

We’re seeing blinds and shades in bolder, more saturated colors as well as patterns like scrolls, florals, stripes, textured looks and paisleys.  The Comfortex Persona Collection even allows you (and your kids) to custom design your own window treatments!  The design consultants at Pucher’s would love to show you all the great design options. 

What’s New in Window Treatments

silhouette-chateauTrend #1 – Texture

This season we are seeing lots of interesting textures in all sorts of window treatments – from wood and vertical blinds to fabric shades, even aluminum blinds!  We think this really adds style points to window treatments.  Let’s face it – most people choose neutral colors for their blinds and shades because they want them to coordinate with other furnishings in their home.  It’s very practical, but also kind of boring, right?  Adding texture to neutrals is a great way to add visual interest and style to your windows.

This season, everything from wood blinds to vertical blinds, roman to roller shades are getting a makeover with textures like grasscloth, raw silk, distressed wood finishes & woven wood looks, and shimmery metallics.  Let’s take a look at this season’s standouts:

Hunter Douglas Silhouette Sheer Window Coverings in Chateau

These light-diffusing horizontal sheer blinds are shown in Chateau, a fabric that mimics raw silk.  The vanes are available in 2″, 3″ , and 4″ to complement any size window, even specialty shaped windows.   In addition to adding texture, color, and style to your interiors, they do a beautiful job filtering daylight and also block 99% of UV light, protecting your floors and furnishings.

chair1Graber Traditions 2″ Wood Blinds in Barnwood

Distressed finishes, like the Windswept Barnwood pictured here, add a weathered look and natural texture to traditional wood blinds.  We really like Graber’s Elite Woods & Unique Finishes Collection which features whitewashed and hand-glazed wood looks, as well as natural hardwoods and bamboo.  Graber also lets you custom match your wood blinds to any paint or stain color!

Hunter Douglas Natural Elements Metallic Blinds

blindsI know you’re thinking, “Aluminum blinds – really?”  The new Natural Elements collection made us take another look at metallic blinds.  This collection features riverstone looks,  sophisticated brushed matte finishes and shimmery, fashionable metallic finishes in Bronze, Nickel and Copper that will highlight any decor.  Made of a special spring-tempered alloy, these blinds have superior resiliency and are extremely durable.  They are also made from 95% recycled aluminum, making them an eco-friendly choice.  Natural Elements will add a lot of style to your home for the money – a great value!

Key Takeaway: 

This season, we’re seeing all sorts of textures in blinds & shades which add great style and fashion to your windows.  Stop in to Pucher’s to see the latest fabric, wood, even metallic looks in blinds and shades. 

Window Treatments that Work with Sliding Glass Doors

Which window treatments can I use on my sliding glass doors besides vertical blinds?

We hear this question from many customers.  The short answer is … almost any window treatment will work on sliders, but some are better suited to large areas of glass.  There are also some cool, innovative products that are not only stylish, they work particularly well in vertical applications.

Before You Go Shopping

  • How much privacy and light control will you need in that room?   For example, if the slider is in a room where you watch TV, you’ll need a treatment that completely blocks light when closed.
  • What types of window treatments are on the other windows in that room and the rest of the house?  You’ll probably want your new window treatment to coordinate with them.
  • Which direction does your slider open (to the left or right)?  For ease of use, it’s better if your treatment opens in the same direction.
  • Measure your window opening (length, width and depth). This information will help your design consultant identify which treatments will work for your windows and calculate a cost estimate.

panel1Panel Track Blinds

  • Wide, vertical panels on a track that smoothly glide open and closed.
  • Available in a wide variety of fabrics, woven wood looks and solar screens
  • Great for Contemporary to Transitional interiors (e.g. Hunter Douglas’ Skyline Gliding Panels, left)

 

shuttersShutters

  • Shutter panels on a bypass track (or bifold track)
  • Adds a clean, classic look plus an unexpected wow factor to your slider (e.g. HD Heritance Shutters, right)
  • Available in stained or painted hardwood panels, as well as economical composite shutters (white, off-white or select stain colors)

verticalVertical Sheers

  • Combine the softness of draperies with the versatility of vertical blinds.
  • Best of both worlds – total privacy when closed; soft, filtered light when open
  • One of our favorites is AdoWrap (left), which features a sheer fabric that can cover existing verticals blinds.  Best of all, the fabric unsnaps and is completely washable!

 

 

vertical2Vertical Cellular Shades

  • Made of single or double honeycomb cells that when closed, trap outside air at the window, providing 20% more energy efficiency than standard verticals (HD Duette Vertiglide, right).
  • Operate on a track, pulling open and closed with a handle (no wand or cords).
  • Available in opaque, light-filtering or sheer fabrics.

curtainsCurtains and  Draperies

  • Fabrics add softness, color and personality to sliders
  • Use a traverse rod that pulls open in the same direction as the door (try a cornice or decorative traverse rod to add extra style)

Vertical Blinds

  • vertical3Don’t rule these out – check out the updated wood, fabric and vinyl looks, like grasscloth, raw silk, faux suede, woven wood and other textures (e.g HD Somner Vertical Blinds, right).
  • Economical, excellent light control and tailor-made for sliding glass doors.

 

Key Takeaway:  Today there are so many gorgeous options to dress your sliders.  The design consultants at Pucher’s can help you find the right one for your home.  Right now, enjoy FREE INSTALL when you buy window treatments over $499 (Excludes shutters & draperies.  Offer ends 9/3/11).

Window Treatments That Save You Money

Choosing energy-efficient window treatments can save you money on monthly utility bills and at tax time.

Windows are “energy holes.”  Although today’s sealed, double-paned windows do a good job of preventing air flow, they still offer little resistance to the flow of heat. In fact, up to 50% of your home’s heating and cooling energy pours through them.  That means that one half of your home’s heating and cooling expenses goes through them as well.   Installing the right window treatments in your home can reduce heating, cooling, and lighting energy needs in 3 ways.

Three Ways to Save Energy

1.  Reduce heat flow (heat loss and heat gain) through the windows
R-Value:  R-values measure resistance to heat flow.  The walls of a newer home typically have an R-value of 19, while standard double-pane windows have an R-value of about 2.   Energy-saving window treatments can add up to 4 points to a window’s R-value, cutting heat loss by up to 2/3.  Imagine the impact of this insulation on your utility bills!

Insulating Window Treatments that boost R-values:
money1Developed in the 1970’s in response to the energy crisis, honeycomb or cellular shades are one of the most energy-efficient window treatments you can buy.  We like the Hunter Douglas Duette Architella Honeycomb Shades (pictured right), which increase R-values by up to 4 points!  Other good options include shutters, roman shades and horizontal sheer blinds.  Whichever window treatments you choose, make sure they can be inside-mounted, flush against your window casement or you won’t see much benefit.

2.   Control solar heat by allowing it in winter and reducing it in summer

Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC) – Measured on a scale of 0 to 1, this tells us what fraction of solar energy hitting the window actually enters the home.  Lower numbers are better.  Standard double-pane windows have a SHGC of 0.76 – meaning 76% gets in the home!  If you live in a sunny climate or have a south or west-facing room that gets a lot of sun in the summer, choose window treatments that are light in color to reflect as much solar energy as possible.

In the winter, you can take advantage of this free solar energy to reduce your heating bills.  Simply raise or open window coverings whenever direct sunlight is shining on the window – in the morning for east windows, in the afternoon for west windows and most of the day for south windows.


money2Window Treatments that Reduce Your SHGC:

Almost all window treatments reduce the SHGC when closed, but those with the best SHGC ratings include HD Duette Architella honeycomb shades, vertical blinds, shutters, roman shades and opaque draperies.   We like Hunter Douglas Luminette Privacy Sheers (pictured right), which reduce SHGC to 0.20, blocking 80% of solar energy.

3.   Enhance daylighting (the use of natural light) by diffusing and dispersing sunlight deep into a room.   

money3The biggest problem homeowners face is direct sunlight.  It creates too much contrast in a room.  Dark areas seem darker and sunlit areas are harsh and glaring.  The goals of “daylighting” are to even the intensity of incoming light and bring it deeper into the room.  Certain window treatments can diffuse harsh sunlight, evening it out and making it softer.  HD Silhouette Window Shadings (pictured right) do a beautiful job of diffusing light and also block 99% of UV rays, protecting your furnishings.  Honeycomb shades and vertical sheers are other good daylighting options.

2011 Federal Energy Tax Credit

In addition to saving money on energy bills, you may be eligible to receive a federal tax credit of up to $500 when you purchase the following energy-efficient window treatments (through December 31, 2011):

  • Honeycomb shades
  • Plantation shutters
  • Draperies, especially those identified as “insulated drapes”
  • Window films with insulating properties

Please note that manufacturers must certify that their window treatments meet the federal government’s criteria for energy efficiency, such as Hunter Douglas’ Duette Architella honeycomb shades and Comfortex’s Comfortrack system.  So make sure you receive documented proof of this certification.  You won’t have to submit the certification statement with your tax return, but you’ll need it and a copy of the sales receipt for your records.

Key Takeaway:  Energy-efficient window treatments are a smart investment.  They not only add style and comfort to your home, they can save you money on your monthly utility bills and also at tax time.

Remote Controlled Window Shades

hd platinum remote-resized-600Some of us can remember the days when garage door openers were quite a novelty but now they are considered a standard feature in almost every home. With the rapid technical improvement of motorization we are now in the early stages of such a revolution with window shades. Yes the future is here and it works with a remote control. Today’s window coverings have come a long way combining beauty with energy efficiency and through the use of motorization, unparalleled convenience. Imagine a smart window shade that will automatically sense the sun, heat or cold and adjust your shade to the proper length automatically. They are here.  And what do you do about that hard to reach window shade?  No problem.  With the new radio controlled remote controls adjusting your shades is as easy as the push of a button. Are you away from home and want added security? Fine, just program your shades to open and close at the time you choose.

Are you building a new home? This is the perfect time to make sure your windows are wired with low voltage wiring so we can easily install motorized shades throughout your home. This gives you the ability to tie the entire window shading system into a home automation program. We can discuss this option with your builder so he can make your home ready for this new and popular technology.

At present most homes do not have existing power for their windows. Window treatment manufacturers know this and they have created an incredible variety of window treatments and shades that can be battery operated. The battery powered motorized shades are both reliable and very quiet. Even better, they are now controlled by radio frequency remotes so you do not even have to point the remote at the blind you are operating. And, you can program your remote to do one window or all of your motorized window treatments.

The future is here and it does work with a remote control and it works well.

No Strings Attached With Cellular Shades

hunter douglas literise duette-resized-600One of the nicest innovations in the window treatment business over the last few years has been the introduction of the cordless cellular shade. These cordless blinds eliminate the safety problems with children and pets from accidental strangulation and entanglement. They are also very convenient to use as they rise up and down with an effortless push and pull. Without the unsightly cords hanging down you are left with a window that has a clean an unobstructed view.

One of my favorite blinds is the cellular shade with the top down, bottom up option. This lets you easily position the blind in your window for maximum view, while maintaining the privacy you need. These are especially nice in bedroom windows where you can drop them down partially from the top to let in the natural light, while still maintaining the privacy you need. Combined with the energy savings and the insulating properties of the cellular shades, this is the perfect shade for many areas of your home.

When they first appeared in the market, I was a little leery about how well the mechanism would hold up on the cordless shades, but after years of installing them in customer’s homes, I see far fewer repairs needed on these blinds then I do on the standard corded shades. The lifting mechanism has been very reliable and it eliminates wear and tear of the cord going through a cord lock that always seems to be the weak point of corded shades.  So if you are looking for beauty and function check out cordless cellular blinds soon.

Decorating With Window Treatments

windowtreatments20 years ago there was a strong trend towards a stark simplicity at our windows.  It was a direct reaction to the heavy, but sometimes less than eye-pleasing insulated curtains that were hung over poorly insulated windows.  Fabric came down from our windows with a vengeance and many of us opted to put up just a shade or blind on that window and stopped there.  We enjoyed the clean look and easy functionality and we had patterned wallcoverings and soft carpet to provide warmth and visual interest in our rooms.

Enter the 21st century – we are using more hard surface floors and have opted for painted walls instead of wall paper. Now we are seeking ways to add softness, sound absorption, warmth and beauty back into our rooms and fabric at the windows is the way to go.  As a quick glance at your favorite room photos in any decorating magazine will show, draperies are on-trend in a big way.  The added benefit is that you know you are in a special room when you see fabric window treatments and custom drapery allows you to truly express your unique style.

Classic or contemporary, simple or elegant, side panels and drapery treatments are the way to add color, texture and up-scale design to your rooms. Layered them over new or existing blinds and shades and you have function and beauty at once.  Take a look at your windows and picture how much more elegant and finished they will look framed by a great fabric and handsome drapery hardware.

Puchers Decorating Centers offers thousands of fabrics and treatments to suit every budget.  Stop into one of our stores or contact us for a shop-at-home appointment and let one of talented staff members help you create the perfect window treatments for your home.