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Shades, Drapes, and Blinds – Oh My!

Summerville Living Room in the Evening with Beautiful ShadesIf you want your Summerville rental property to feel like a home, an easy way to achieve that is by adding quality window coverings. If the home you live in now did not come with blinds or shades, you might want to try a few options. The right window coverings lead to privacy, better energy efficiency, and easier light control. They can also set the tone of any room’s ambiance. And even if all window coverings do pretty much the same job, they have their differences as well. In any case, choose the one that best suits your rental home.

When looking for window coverings, make sure that you already know which ones are at least compatible with your windows at home. If you have sliding glass doors, vertical blinds are often the best choice. However, windows that open up or down often pair best with horizontal blinds. Another detail you should keep in mind is the amount of light you want to keep out or let in. If light filtering isn’t an issue, shades or light curtains might be your best choice. Although, bedrooms or other rooms where near-total darkness is desired may need special room-darkening blinds or curtains to keep as much light out as possible.

After determining the need in each room, you can consider the different window covering options. At present, the most popular choice for rental homes is two-inch faux wood blinds. White faux-wood blinds are relatively inexpensive, easy to find, and come in a wide range of sizes. In contrast to the vinyl mini blinds, the faux-wood blinds are more pleasing to the eyes, and they offer better quality.

Although there are many colors to choose from, white is popular because it fits almost any interior décor. The two-inch blinds do a good job of blocking light, and the faux-wood proves to do a better job in more humid areas compared to real wood. Because these blinds have a lot of benefits that come with them, they’ve become a rental home staple.

Blinds can help maintain energy efficiency, however, if you want to get true energy efficiency, go for honeycomb shades instead. Also called cellular shades, honeycomb shades are a window covering option that can help you achieve higher levels of light-blocking and heat-blocking efficiency, making them a great choice for bedrooms or windows with a lot of sun exposure. You can choose to pair these shades with your curtains or not. Regardless, they are offered in many styles and colors.

Another one would be a roman fabric shade. These window treatments combine the softness of curtains with the functionality of blinds, making them an attractive option for a rental house. Their clean lines and an array of color options make them a very versatile option for any household.

Drapery window treatments offer a creative way to dress up any room in your rental home. Drapes can be combined with blinds or shades or installed on their own. Other drapes offer light-blocking functionality, too, depending on the style and type of fabric you choose.

By being crafty, you can achieve a truly custom look with drapes, since they can give so much customization. Offering you so many colors, patterns, fabrics, styles, and accessories to choose from, drapes can allow you to produce something that will add both visual appeal and enhanced privacy. Many drapery window treatments also involve unique elements like valances and cornice boards, which can turn a simple window into a stunning work of art.

Despite which one you end up choosing, drapes, blinds, and shades all have a lot to add to your Summerville rental home’s décor. Through these small steps, you can add big value and comfort to every room.

Too much to do with so little time? Both tenants and property owners alike can benefit by calling a Summerville property manager. Real Property Management Distinguished Care provides full-service property management that helps everyone. Contact us online or call us at 828-342-9683 to learn more.

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