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Shades, Drapes, and Blinds – Oh My!

Coconut Grove Living Room in the Evening with Beautiful ShadesQuality window coverings can turn your Coconut Grove rental property into a cozy home! If your current home didn’t come with blinds or shades, there are a few options to choose from. The right window coverings will give you privacy, better energy efficiency, and easier light control. They can also set the tone of any room’s ambiance. Though all window coverings are generally similar in what they do, they can also be different in other ways. In any case, choose the one that best suits your rental home.

When picking out window coverings, make sure you know which coverings go well with which windows in your house. If you have sliding glass doors, vertical blinds are often the best choice. But, windows that open up or down often pair best with horizontal blinds. Something else you have to consider is the amount of light you want in each room. If light filtering isn’t an issue, shades or light curtains might be your best choice. But, 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.

When you already know what you need in each room, you can start exploring 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. Compared to vinyl mini blinds, the faux-wood blinds are sturdier.

There are several colors to choose from, however, white is very popular because it can fit with almost any interior décor theme. The two-inch blinds do a good job of blocking light, and using faux wood is better than real wood, especially if you live somewhere with high humidity. These blinds have become a rental home staple, simply because they have a lot to offer.

Although blinds can help with energy efficiency, if you want to get true energy efficiency, go with 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.

Yet another great option 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 allow them to be a perfect match for any part of the house.

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.

If the crafty part of you wants a custom look, drapes offer a lot of customization. With so many colors, patterns, fabrics, styles, and accessories to choose from, you can design 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.

Nevertheless, drapes, blinds, and shades all have a lot to add to your Coconut Grove rental home’s décor. With a few decisions that you choose to make, you can add 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 Coconut Grove property manager. Real Property Management Dade provides full-service property management that helps everyone. Contact us online or call us at 305-501-1511 to learn more.

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