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Popular Window Treatments for Bedrooms

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Your bedroom is your sanctuary, so naturally, you want it to look and feel great. One easy and fun way to make your bedroom the best it can be is by choosing and installing new window treatments, especially those with motorization. Window treatments are important for your bedroom since they provide necessary privacy, control the temperature and help you adjust the lighting for sleeping or relaxing.

There are so many choices when it comes to window treatments. Use this list of popular bedroom window blind and treatment options to help you better decide what you want and need when it comes to your bedroom.

  • Curtains – Probably the most common bedroom window treatment, curtains come in a wide range of colors, styles, and even shapes. You can easily add a pop of color, taste of pattern or shot of style to your bedroom with the right curtain. Curtains are generally made of lighter fabric than drapes, but they are oftentimes more affordable, too. Despite the light fabric, curtains can help you block out light when it’s time to sleep, and even keep the air-conditioned air in your house during the hot, Tampa days.
  • Shades – Shades are a great window treatment option for every room in your home, not just the bedroom. They come in almost limitless materials and colors and go with tons of different decorating styles. Shades are, in the simplest form, and piece of fabric cut to the window size and attached to a frame or rod that is then fastened to the top of the window frame. Shades can be pulled up or down with a roller or pulley system. There are lots of different types of shades like roller, Roman, solar, pleated, balloon, cellular and bamboo.motorizations
  • Blinds – Blinds are oftentimes the simplest way to go for a bedroom window treatment. Streamlined, effective and affordable, blinds add privacy and block out sunlight. You can choose blinds from a wide array of materials like vinyl, metal or wood to better match your décor and budget needs. Blinds work in a myriad of ways including tilting open with louvers or slats or lifting opening with a cord. You can hang blinds vertically or horizontally depending on window size.
  • Cascades and Swags – Looking for a bit more drama or elegance in your bedroom window treatment? Cascades and swags will do just the trick. Both are types of valances and are paired with another window treatment that provides light blocking and privacy. Swags are hung horizontally over a curtain rod in fold or drapes. Cascades hang down the sides of a window treatment and usually touch the floor. Both swags and cascades go great with curtains and shades.
  • Hunter Douglas PowerView Motorization – Adding motorization to your chosen window treatments will give you the power to move them into whatever position you want. You can control the treatments using the PowerView App or the Pebble Remote Control, so you don’t even need to get out of bed to get the light control or privacy you want.

Want to learn more about motorization and other window treatments for your bedroom? Contact McNeill Palm by visiting us or giving us a call today.

Use Your Tax Refund on Your Home

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Getting your tax refund is like getting a welcome cash influx that you can use for anything you want. From energy efficient lights to installing new motorized louvred pergolas on your home, here are some home improvements that you can use your tax refund on.

  1. Invest in New Windows – Your old windows aren’t just unsightly; they’re also probably costing you money. Most old windows are drafty and leaky, which can cause your HVAC system to work overtime and your electric bill to skyrocket. So why not put your tax refund to good use by using it to install replacement windows? Replacement windows will not just look good, they’ll also save you money in the long run through energy savings and might also increase the value of your home.
  2. Score New Window Shades – If you’re getting new window, why not finish the job and get some new window treatments, too? Most tax refunds are enough to cover the cost of new treatments like shades, blinds or shades so you can upgrade your style and your energy efficiency at the same time.
  3. Motorized Louvred Pergolas – Allow fresh air, sunshine, breezes and all the wonderful things about the great outdoors into your outdoor seating area while maintaining control with a motorized louvred pergola.
  4. Install Energy Efficient Lights – Use your tax refund to change out your lighting fixtures to be more energy efficient. Replace outdated tray lights with efficient LEDs or install some motion detectors to make sure the lights aren’t left on when they’re not in use.
  5. Get Energy Efficient Appliances – Another way you can use your tax refund to make your home more energy efficient is to invest in your kitchen appliances. A few one-time appliance purchases can make a big difference in the amount of energy your kitchen uses. Plus, new appliances look great and work even better. To be sure you’re getting energy efficient models, look for Energy Star labeled appliances. Also, don’t forget to measure the spaces! The last thing you want is to bring home a new dishwasher or refrigerator and not have it fit.

 

If you get a smaller tax refund, there are still tons of smaller renovations that will put that money towards good use like:

  • Updating the drawer pulls and doorknobs for a fresh look
  • Replacing the bathroom faucets and showerheads with modern, stylish models
  • Adding Smart Home automations like smart plugs, smart lights, voice-activated assistants and smart speakers

 

While many people dread the act of doing their taxes, at least there’s a silver lining: tax refunds. Whether you’re looking for something that’s simple and stylish or a project that’s large and everlasting, there are tons of things you can do with your tax refund to put the money to good use.

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McNeill Palm is here to help if you want more tips on home improvement or information on motorized louvred pergolas. We offer a wide range of services intended to help you make your home the very best they can be. Stop by and visit us or give us a call today to learn more.

2021 Design Trends for Window Coverings and More

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A new year is a perfect chance for a fresh start. But New Year’s resolutions don’t have to be about going to the gym or drinking less, they can also be about making your home the best it can be. Homeowners everywhere are looking for new looks for their houses for their resolutions, and these projected design trends for 2021 are here to inspire. From adding metal and natural materials to finishing windows with motorization, here are the projected design trends for 2021:

  • Motorization – Motorizing your window coverings is not only going to be popular in 20201, but it also offers a lot of benefits to your home. From extra security and increased privacy to simple convenience, you won’t regret motoring your window coverings.
  • Energy Efficient Window Coverings – Green, sustainable living has never been more popular. If you haven’t invested in energy-efficient measures for your home, right now is the best time to start as energy efficient products not only save the environment, but they also help save you money. A great place to begin is with your windows and window treatments. Look for replacement windows that have high-quality insulation features like triple-pane glass, gas fillers, and low-emissivity glaze. But don’t stop at just upgrading your windows! You can also make your window treatment more energy efficient if you choose insulating models like shutters.
  • Organic Materials – Organic materials like wood, bamboo, wicker, hemp, rattan, jute and more are going to be big in 2021. You can expect them to appear in furniture, finishes, decorations and even replacement windows. Organic materials are easy to incorporate into any room of your home, like accents and accessories to add texture or window treatments to serve as centerpieces.
  • Natural Light – To match the organic materials, homes are going to be filled with natural light in 2021. This is because natural light creates an open, airy feeling that’s impossible to duplicate with electric light. Plus, natural light helps highlight the finishes and colors in a space. To let in more light, you can expect a shift in the number of replacement windows homes will have as well as an increase in more versatile window treatments that make light control simple.
  • Splashes of Color – Neutral hues will still keep the spotlight, but in 2021 they will begin to be accented by splashes of soft colors, like earthy greens, pastel pinks, soft blues, light mints, and cool terracotta. There are also rumors that black or darkly colored kitchens might make a comeback.
  • Intimate Spaces – Even though open floor plans aren’t going anywhere; many people will be adding intimate spaces into their designs come 2021. This trend will pop up in the form of zones that create multiple gathering spots in one large room. Push furniture closer together or add an armchair or a pouf in a nook or corner.

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McNeill Palm is here to help if you want to learn more about home design or motorization. Call or visit us to learn more.