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Published: Wednesday, 3/15/2006

Redecorating Your Home? Start with the Windows

(NewsUSA) - For many, the thought of home decorating can be overwhelming, though experienced interior designers make it look so easy. But, with a good understanding of your home and lifestyle needs, embarking on a decorating project can be just as easy as it is for the professionals.

The best part about decorating is that it only takes a little to make a huge difference. Whether you're looking for a graceful country charm or a sleek modern design, you'll find that the windows are a smart place to start.

Window treatments are an essential element in the home that people often overlook when it comes to decor. The perfect shade can make any window look extraordinary, and it can make a big difference in any room.

Though the choices are many, from cellular shades and shutters to drapes or valances, focusing on a few important elements can quickly give your project a sense of direction.

Here are some tips to help you choose your window treatments wisely.

* Identify the kind of light you need. The same room can look very different under different lighting conditions. For entertaining, you can create a natural warmth and traditional elegance with dark wood blinds. For reading and household chores, a bright, sheer shade works best.

* Consider the environment and be practical. Shutters are ideal for kitchens and bathrooms, which can get hot and humid. Polyester pleated shades are also highly durable, washable, dust resistant and will not fray or fade.

* Know the ambience you're looking to achieve. For a relaxing, soothing retreat, try Roman shades. The look of beautiful fabrics provides an added dimension to a room and softens the edges.

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