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The Best Window Treatments For Your Cozy Window Seat

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Best Window Treatments For Your Cozy Window Seat

Window seats are a unique part of the home. They can act as your own private getaway cove, created to allow you to enjoy the natural light while using their built in support and/or storage space. Some Kirkland homes have window seats in the bedroom, living room, or home office.

Regardless where the window seat resides, there’s typically one common goal: maximum comfort. Your choice of window treatments will play a big role in the overall outcome of your aesthetic and comfort goals. Below are some of our suggestions for the best window treatments for your window seats, depending on your personal preference.

Option #1 - Shades

Window shades are one of the best options for window seats. Shades are the least fuss option, never interfering with the window bench or anything else in the close quarters space. They provide a clean, cut appearance, while still giving a soft, classic look. You can shade each window separately for more control on sunlight, or use one large shade to cover the entire window space for simpler function. Roman shades, roller shades, or sheer shades are all perfect for the window seat scenario.

Best Window Treatments For Your Cozy Window Seat Drapes

Option #2 - Drapes

Some window seats are placed beneath bay windows, providing a larger space to be covered overall. Drapes are actually a perfect option for bay windows. Seemingly, you would think they would provide too much fabric. But really, they offer a wonderfully cozy look and feel to the space, while effectively meeting your window shade lighting and insulation needs. The drapes can soley cover the window, or can extend to cover the entire window seat - completely your preference. The bench can be used with the drapes drawn to the side, or closed for lighting and temperature control. Make your space even more relaxing by motorizing your drapes, controlling your preference without moving from your nest.

Best Window Treatments For Your Cozy Window Seat SHUTTERS

Option #3 - Shutters

Shutters, or Wood Shutters, provide a more architectural look to the window seat and overall appearance and the room. These window treatments would be fixed into the window space to filter light by opening or closing the slats, without ever needing to fully move the shutters from the window. These also bring a clean, clear look, but do not have as much flexibility as shades.

Best Window Treatments For Your Cozy Window Seat PILLOWS BLANKETS

Extras

Plump up your window seat with comfy pillows and maybe a favorite blanket. You can use larger pillows around the back to offer support, while the more fluffy pillows can rest against them to create your own little paradise. Mix and match colors and patterns to brighten up or completely change the entire atmosphere of the room.

Grab your favorite book and a cozy beverage, and curl up on your personally made window seat to enjoy the rest of the Pacific Northwest winter. Watch the changing Washington weather from the comfort of your Kirkland, Bothell or Lynnwood home.

If this Budget Blinds of Bothell article has you wondering how you can upgrade your space by changing your window treatments, we would love to help! Sign up for a Free Consultation, where you will have one on one attention to bring your goals to reality. Our staff at Budget Blinds Bothell will visit your house for free! We can measure your windows and show you samples and displays at no charge.

The Best Way to Clean Your Blinds and Shades

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Unless you’re a cleaning superhero, you’re probably like most of the population who completely forgets about their blinds or shades until they notice a thick layer of dust beginning to rise. You then haphazardly wipe off what you can with whatever you can find quickly, and walk away forgetting about the rest until the same scenario happens weeks later. Listen, we get it. No shame. However, you can save yourself the panic by taking less than 30 minutes a month to clean your blinds and shades with these efficient directions.

How to Clean Blinds  

Wood and Faux Wood Blinds: Just like wood furniture, you want to dust these blinds with either a soft, clean cloth or a chemically treated cloth specifically made for wood. The easiest route is to lower the blinds to full length and tilt the slats to an almost closed position - leaving a tiny bit of space so you can reach the entire slat. This way you can reach more than one blind at once, then flip the slats the other way and repeat. Super easy.

Aluminum and Vinyl Blinds: The blind placement during the cleaning process is similar to the wood blinds, extending the blinds full length, tilting the slats, and keeping a tiny bit of space open between each slat. For quick access, pull the blind slightly away from the window with a taut grip. For these blinds, the two best cleaning products are a soft dusting-brush (ideally attached to your vacuum cleaner), or a damp (not soaking) microfiber cloth to wipe the slats with water. Allow the blinds to air dry, and voila! You’re done.

The Best Way to Clean Your Blinds and Shades cellular shades

How to Clean Shades 

Cellular Shades, Roman Shades, and Sheer Shades: How do we count the ways shades rise to the top of our favorite list? Not only do these insulating window treatments save money on utility bills for Washington’s changing seasons, but they are also ridiculously easy to clean. Next time you are vacuuming, take one extra step and use the dusting tool on your vacuum on your shades. One quick swipe on low suction, and you’re good to go. Have a stain? Simply use mild dish detergent with lukewarm water to dab the fabric.

Roller Shades: Requiring just a bit more effort, you can clean classic vinyl roller shades a few ways depending on the level of need. For a fast cleaning treatment, use a well-wrung cloth or sponge submerged in mild dish soap to gently wipe the shades one section at a time working from the bottom to top. Keep the shades fully extended until dry. Maybe your roller shades have never been cleaned and you have a little more time to tackle the dust. If so, you can remove the shades and give them a bath! Using warm water, fill the tub and add a few squirts of that same mild dish detergent. With a soft brush, clean the shades on both sides. Rinse, air-dry, and display your “new” roller shades.

Sometimes, just knowing how to do something takes away the overwhelm of what may initially seem to be a tedious task. Now that you see how efficiently you can keep your blinds and shades sparkling, you can fully enjoy your window treatments as you watch the changing seasons of the Pacific Northwest - whether it be your home in Bothell, Kirkland or Lynnwood, Washington.

If this Budget Blinds of Bothell article has you wondering how you can upgrade your space by changing your window treatments, we would love to help! Sign up for a Free Consultation, where you will have one on one attention to bring your goals to reality. Our staff at Budget Blinds Bothell will visit your house for free! We can measure your windows and show you samples and displays at no charge.

Easy and Affordable Window Treatment Upgrades For 2018!

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Easy and Affordable Window Treatment Upgrades For 2018 TOP BANNER

It’s a new year, and you know what that means! Resolutions! While the theme of most new year's resolutions are along the lines of better health, more love, setting short term goals -- they all have one thing in common: Upgrade. Whether you are upgrading yourself, your relationships, or your future, you are joined by millions of others who want to start the year fresh with new intentions. With this in mind, Bothell Budget Blinds came up with upgrade ideas for your 2018 window treatments.

Upgrade With Less

Less is more in 2018 with minimalism in style. Replace heavy drapes with simple shades. Maybe you have a layered look and want a change - sometimes removing a layer will make a huge difference. Most shades have no issue standing on their own. Try Roman Shades, Roller Shades, or Cellular Shades for stand alone options that keep up with style while keeping things minimal.

Easy and Affordable Window Treatment Upgrades For 2018 WOOD SHUTTERS

Texturize

You can remove layers, and add texture to bring a unique new look. Bamboo Shades are a popular suggestion, adding a simple yet crisp freshness to a room, as well as affecting the entire dynamic. You could also play with wood shutters which require no layers or extra fluff, but hold well with style all on their own.

Black It Out

Want a new perk? Add blackout shades for extra light control. Whether your shielding your TV from the bright Washington sunrays, want to sleep in, or need to work in your home office without distractions, blackout shades give you the option to choose your own sun shining schedule.

Easy and Affordable Window Treatment Upgrades For 2018 MOTORIZATION

Move to Motorization

If you love your window treatments just as they are, consider giving yourself a little gift of convenience. Creating an efficient space with the touch of a button, you can open or close your shades, drapes, or blinds by adding a motorized option.

Lighten Up

Feeling a little crowded indoors? Turn off some light switches and use the Pacific Northwests beautiful natural light. Open up the shades, or add some Sheer Shades to your window treatments to let the natural light filter in while still protecting you and your furniture from harmful UV rays.

Easy and Affordable Window Treatment Upgrades For 2018 HARDWARE

Change Your Hardware

Add a little flare by switching out your normal hardware for some decorative hardware. With all kind of rods for decorative drapery hardware, screens, and decorative window film, you can change an entire look without changing your actual fabric or window treatment.

2018 has endless possibilities for your life and your window treatments. No matter where you live in Washington (seriously...Kirkland, Canyon Park, Lynnwood...you name it) -- we are here to help your transition.

If this Budget Blinds of Bothell article has you wondering how you can upgrade your space by changing your window treatments, we would love to help! Sign up for a Free Consultation, where you will have one on one attention to bring your goals to reality. Our staff at Budget Blinds Bothell will visit your house for free! We can measure your windows and show you samples and displays at no charge.

Do's + Don'ts of Designer-Worthy Window Treatments

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How to get designer window treatments

Whether you move to a new home, or you simply want a change of scenery - it’s no secret that your window treatments have a major role in the ambiance of a room. Infact, a window treatment has the power to make or break a room. So, how do you know if your selection is perfect or misplaced? We put together some of our go-to do’s and don’ts to help you sort out the basics when creating your space.

Hang drapes up high

DO: Aim High When Hanging Drapes 

Hanging drapes high and wide will give your space a more luxurious, bigger look. Go for about 12 inches above the window frame, or even all the way to the ceiling, while extending the drape rod three to six inches on each side.

DON’T: Crowd The Window Frame 

Never set your drape rod to rest right above the window frame. This will result in less light in the room, as well as a stunted, cramped look, with possibly awkward space left open around the frame.  Be sure to give room on each side of the frame by limiting the drapes to two inches inside each side when open.

DO: Layer Window Treatments 

Mix and match window treatments like the top designers. Rarely are designer-worthy windows limited to one treatment. Let yourself get creative! Whether you’re matching drapes with shades, or adding a stylish valance to your blinds, layering your window treatments will give a complete, rounded appearance to your masterpiece.

DON’T: Go Crazy And Add Everything 

Too much of anything is usually a bad thing, and window treatments are no exception. The more you add, the less light will shine through, creating a smaller, closed in feel to your room.

Drapes touch the floor

DO: Let Drapes Reach The Floor 

Floor length drapes are ideal. Be sure to measure your space before purchasing your drapes to ensure a perfect fit. Anything from a half-inch hover above the floor, to a slight puddle towards the bottom, is right for the best look.

DON’T: Cut Them Short 

Drapes that stop at the windowsill just don’t work. It creates an awkward, weird, chopped up feel to the room. Repeat after us: measurement is your friend.

DO: Try Wide Slat Blinds or Shutters

Add flare to your home by changing it up with wide slat blinds or shutters - creating a whole different style to your room. Wide slats are usually more of a focal point, so go for the ones that may cost a bit more upfront (i.e. wood or faux wood), but look more upscale, especially when matched with the architecture of your home.

Wide Slat Blinds

 DON’T: Buy Cheap Blinds 

It may be tempting, but you’ll pay in the long run. Plastic blinds break and discolor easy, making it especially difficult for anyone who has kids or pets. One mishap, and the overall attractiveness of the room is compromised.

DO: Use Different Window Treatments Throughout Your Home 

Treat each room as its own separate domain. Every space is different, and what may work in one room, may not work in another. Some rooms require more light, some may need more insulation. Decorate and style each room according to its function, and have fun with all the different options.

DON’T: Clone Each Window 

One size doesn’t fit all when it comes to window treatments. Don’t try to make the cafe shutters that may work in the kitchen, fit your large living room windows. Each room has different requirements and needs for their own unique space.

Using these few designer-worthy tools will help you in your process of creating your ideal home in the Pacific Northwest. No matter where you reside in Washington -- Kirkland, Kenmore, or Canyon Park to name a few -- Bothell Budget Blinds is here to support your decorating journey. If you feel unsure or stuck, give us a call, we’ll come to your home and help you figure out the best designer treatments for you.

If this Budget Blinds of Bothell article has you wondering how you can upgrade your space by changing your window treatments, we would love to help! Sign up for a Free Consultation, where you will have one on one attention to bring your goals to reality. Our staff at Budget Blinds Bothell will visit your house for free! We can measure your windows and show you samples and displays at no charge.

Solutions to Insulate Your House & Save Money This Winter

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Solutions to Insulate Your House & Save Money This Winter

Even though it may be freezing outside in the Pacific Northwest, doesn’t mean you have to endure the cold indoors. Whether your home is older with a few extra drafts, or newer but quite not as insulated as you hoped, Budget Blinds in Bothell has recommendations to seal your heat in for a warm, cozy winter.

Choose Insulating Window Treatments

Budget Blinds has numerous options when it comes to window treatments that provide optimal insulation in your Lynnwood or Kirkland home. To name a few, you could try Cellular Shades, Roman Shades, Drapes, or even Shutters.

Cellular Shades, AKA Honeycomb Shades, are designed for the purpose of trapping air within their honeycomb shapes pockets. This simple strategy lets your home stay comfortable by “catching” the cold air before it enters the room. Ideal for just about any room in the house, these shades come in practically any shape and size.

Solutions to Insulate Your House This Winter CELLULAR SHADES

Roman Shades are a great option for those who like the elegance of drapery, but also like the ease of window shades. Like cellular shades, roman shades come in many colors, patterns, textures, including elegant fabrics like silk, while still strapping in heat.

Drapes naturally have a heavier and thicker fabric, automatically providing more insulation to a room. With our Inspired Drapes collection, you’ll be able to choose exactly what you want  to meet your heating needs while staying elegant and stylish. With our ready made drapery panel you will be receiving and instant upgrade to your home. Or, you can work with a consultant to design your very own unique look that you will love all winter long.

Shutters are designed to fit the closest to the window frame, which leaves less room for drafts. Highly customizable, shutters add a distinctive, clean, “no fuss” look, while still matching the furnishings in your home. Wood, faux wood, and aluminum are just a few options to choose from to help trap the cold from the outdoors so you can enjoy your holidays in comfort.  

Get Creative

A little creativity can go a long way on your energy bill. Maybe try one, or all, of these simple solutions to a cozy winter home.

Hang an extra drape in a open doorway or entryway to help insulate even more throughout the house by trapping heat inside each room or large area.

Create or buy a draught excluder to place in front of the gap between your doors and floors to help stop cold air from seeping inside. Maybe have a little DIY fun to make your favorite animal, or simply use a towel to block the drafts.

Use the oven often? Take advantage of the energy already used by leaving the oven door open once you are done and the oven is turned off. That heat will spread through the room and maybe even the whole house. Just be careful if you have little ones running around. 

Solutions to Insulate Your House This Winter RUG

Insulate your floor by using rugs during the winter. More heat is lost through the floor then you may realize. By laying down a rug, especially on uncarpeted areas, you’re giving your house a major insulation boost.

We all know Washington will be cold for several months still. Now is the time to find the nooks and crannies to seal so you can rest easy these coming months. As much as we love winter, it’s even better seeing it from indoors, in our pajamas, with some hot chocolate.

If this Budget Blinds of Bothell article has you wondering how you can upgrade your space by changing your window treatments, we would love to help! Sign up for a Free Consultation, where you will have one on one attention to bring your goals to reality. Our staff at Budget Blinds Bothell will visit your house for free! We can measure your windows and show you samples and displays at no charge.

Our Favorite 5 Window Treatment Ideas for Corner Windows

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Window Treatment Ideas for Corner Windows MIRROR

If you’ve ever moved into a home for the first time, you probably realized that not every window is the same. Not only do they come in many shapes and sizes, but they are also placed in completely different spaces that don’t always work with every window treatment. But no worries, this is an area where Bothell Budget Blinds can help. For example, here are some of our favorite window treatment ideas for those tricky corner windows.

#1 Mirror, Mirror

You know the old trick of putting a big mirror in a small room to make the room appear larger? Similarly, having two corner windows in identical window treatments have an opening effect on the room. Instead of the corner feeling crowded and closed in, the mirrored image gives a sense of space and symmetry. Blinds, Shades, and Shutters really compliment this technique. The options are endless; create a window you love, and simply duplicate it on the adjoining corner.

#2 Camouflage

Instead of having two separate windows, bring them together. No, we don’t mean knock down some walls. You can bring the appearance of an ongoing window attaching from one wall to the other by using Drapes to camouflage the corner wall in between. By using one large drapery, extend from the beginning side of the first window, to the end of the second window. You will use two rods -- one for each wall -- and simply continue the drapes to the next rod. To create an even more modern look, tie the outside ends of the drape to sweep towards the center, revealing the window and natural light on each side while still completely covering up the corner wall.   

Window Treatment Ideas for Corner Windows VALANCE

#3 Valanced

Maybe you like the two corner window look, but want to bring them together in a unified way. Try adding Valances above each window. Valances will dress up the windows and bring attention and interest to the space, making it a more focal point in the room.

#4 Small Ideas

A big idea for a small window space is sometimes all you need. Maybe you have corner windows above your kitchen counter, or in a bathroom. You can still create unity and symmetry without a dramatic window treatment. Matching Blinds will always do the trick. Using Wood Blinds, Fabric Blinds, or Aluminum Blinds, you can create a clean, clear look without overcrowding the space while adding flair. Drapes are also a great option.

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#5 Anchors Away

Tall corner windows have the ability to take away the sense of solidity created by corner walls. Anchor that space by gathering your window treatments at the corner. You can use anything from heavy drapes to wispy sheer curtains to create the sturdy look of a corner without exposing the bare wall.

No matter where you live in Washington, you will run into homes with corner windows. Lynnwood, Kirkland, Mountlake Terrace -- all benefit from a little interior design and custom window treatments. Creating your space doesn’t have to be a struggle. We have plenty of ideas to share, all you have to do is choose your favorites.

If this Budget Blinds of Bothell article has you wondering how you can upgrade your space by changing your window treatments, we would love to help! Sign up for a Free Consultation, where you will have one on one attention to bring your goals to reality. Our staff at Budget Blinds Bothell will visit your house for free! We can measure your windows and show you samples and displays at no charge.

Make Your Bothell Windows Look Bigger With These 5 Tricks

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Just because Halloween is over, doesn’t mean we don’t have a few more tricks up our sleeves at Bothell Budget Blinds. But don’t worry, these tricks won’t send you screaming. On the contrary, they may cause you to want to stick around your space even longer. If you aren’t a fan of the size of your windows and wished they could just be a little bigger, we’ve got your back. Without replacing your windows, trick yourself and your guests around the Pacific Northwest,  into thinking your windows are bigger than they are, regardless of their real size.

Trick #1 Bigger Rods for Bigger Windows

Have the illusion of bigger windows simply by extending your rods beyond the window frame.  By having the rod overhang the edge of the window, the drapes draw open even further, and expose all the glass instead of covering the edges.This tricks the eye to think it’s seeing a bigger window since there appears to be more glass.

Windows Look Bigger RODS HIGHER

Trick #2 Hang Rods Higher

Similar to Trick #1, by hanging your rods higher above the top of the window frame, will also create the illusion of a larger window to cover. You can bring the rod as high as the ceiling and use floor length drapes to cover the expanded space, and to show off your “huge” windows.

Trick #3 Play with Layers and Patterns

Adding depth to your Kirkland, Washington window space will also help give the appearance of more window. You can layer on window treatments, such as shades and curtains, to create height and width magic over the window, not revealing the true size. Additionally, fabric with patterns assist in playing tricks no the eyes. Vertical patterns draw the eye upward, adding height to the window, while horizontal patterns play with the width of the window.

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Trick #4 Cover Walls with Curtains

Curtains that extend from floor to ceiling and reach wall to wall makes it unclear where the wall stops and the window starts. This way, the window is pretty much up to the imagination of each person. Choosing curtains with sharp linear patterns also help give a focal point to the room enhancing the appearance of a larger window.

Trick #5 Choose Low Furniture

No, we’re not kidding. Purchasing low furniture will actually help your windows appear larger and taller. We’re not talking about baby size furniture, we simply mean chairs and couches that are just a bit closer to the ground then some other choices. This can be done with great style and strategic placement, without overdoing the look of the room. Ideally these items would be placed near or under the window for the best eye illusion.   

Sometimes, a little tweak like window size can make a world of difference to how you feel about a room. If this is something that has bothered you, try these tricks to create the space you want. We are always available for additional suggestions and insights to help you achieve the look you’ve always wanted. Just like living in Lynnwood, Washington is incredibly beautiful, we want you to feel just as in love with the inside space as outside.   

If this Budget Blinds of Bothell article has you wondering how you can upgrade your space by changing your window treatments, we would love to help! Sign up for a Free Consultation, where you will have one on one attention to bring your goals to reality. Our staff at Budget Blinds Bothell will visit your house for free! We can measure your windows and show you samples and displays at no charge.



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