Window Treatments Aren’t Just for the Inside

Designer Screen Shades

Designer Screen Shades

If you’re like many of us, you want to make the most of all of the space your home offers, including not just the rooms under the roof, but the spaces that might be partially—or even all—outside. You might be thrilled to know that there are blinds and shades that are good for enclosing patios and even balconies, such as the patio shade line from Hunter Douglas. If you’re interested in learning more about how to make the most of your outside space, speak with a trained professional at Windo VanGo serving Baltimore. We’ll be happy to help you find the right product to extend the usefulness of your home’s space.Continue Reading

Roller Shades Never Go out of Style In Baltimore MD

Designer Roller Shade

Designer Roller Shade

Roller shades have withstood the test of time and are still very popular. Many years ago, all we had were the roller shades that came in a heavy vinyl material for room darkening or a softer fabric for diffused light or the old and still attractive sheer curtains. Those were our options! When the pleated shades came into the market, it was a game changer, but the roller shade just kept getting better. It is still a great choice for many windows in many homes.

Save on Energy Costs

Are you aware that an untreated window can lose up to 50% of your home’s heating and cooling energy? It literally goes out the window! You may not want to cover your windows and lose the view, but covering them at least at night and or during very sunny days in the summer can help make your windows more energy-efficient. Your windows should be treated as a function first and then the softer side of draperies can be added.

Any shades or blinds that carry a vertical line can be pulled up and totally disappear under a valance or blend into the woodwork. Blinds and or shades have been designed to reduce the amount of solar heat that passes through the window. It is referred to as the Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC). If you don’t have any treatments, you might want to consider a Hunter Douglas Designer Roller Shade. They come in many different colors and textures that will not only enhance your window but also insulate it, keeping your home warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.Continue Reading

Faux Wood Blinds – The Hunter Douglas EverWood Collection

Everwood® Faux Wood Blinds

Everwood® Faux Wood Blinds

Wood blinds are a classic style that many people admire, but the price point can be a bit daunting. So at Windo VanGo serving the greater Baltimore area, we’re pleased to offer the EverWood®  Collection from Hunter Douglas. With the look and feel of real wood blinds, EverWoods provide a great alternative.Continue Reading

Room-Darkening and Blackout Are Different

At Windo VanGo here in the greater Baltimore area, we often have customers confuse “room-darkening” for “blackout.” It’s important to know that they are actually different. If you are looking for complete darkness for a room, only “blackout” will give it to you.

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Consider The Lighting in Your Home

Pirouette Window Shades

Pirouette® Window Shadings

Lighting plays a key role in the feel of a room, so it’s important to consider several aspects of lighting when you think about how you want a room to look. Obviously, light can come from many sources and can feel different at different times of the day, so understanding those elements is crucial. Lighting is one of the most changed elements of design we have, and we need to learn “How to Use It.” If you’d like some help with lighting ideas in your space, talk to the experts at Windo VanGo here in Baltimore. We’ll be happy to share our expertise!

Three Levels of Lighting for Each Room

  1. Light to work by
  2. General illumination to fill the space; it usually comes from the ceiling
  3. Mood lighting, which usually comes from the floor up

You don’t have to have them all at once, but it will change your space and give you new looks during the evening.Continue Reading

Window Treatments Play a Role in the Home

Custom Drapery Project

Provenance® Woven Wood Shades

More than just covering the window, window treatments add texture, color, and interest to any room. In addition to the aesthetic element, window treatments also manage how light enters the room. At Windo VanGo serving Baltimore, our trained consultants will be happy to help you select the right treatment for your room’s needs.

Hunter Douglas Window Fashions

Hunter Douglas offers a wide array of popular window treatments such as Applause® Honeycomb Shades, Duette® Honeycomb Shades, Roman Shades, Pleated Shades, Provenance® Woven Wood Blinds, Pirouette® Window Shadings, Silhouette® Privacy Sheers, and Vignette® Modern Roman Shades.Continue Reading

Buying New Window Treatments

Hunter Douglas Vignette® Modern Roman Shades with sheer drapery panels

Hunter Douglas Vignette® Modern Roman Shades with sheer drapery panels

Whether you’re replacing existing window treatments or looking to buy entirely new coverings, choosing the right product is important. With new innovations, lift systems, styles, fabrics, and designs, the options are nearly endless. As your local Hunter Douglas dealer serving Baltimore, the trained professionals at Windo VanGo can help you select the perfect window treatments.

How to Begin

Before starting your window treatment search, take a moment to think about why you are covering your windows and what results you want. Understanding your room requirements will ensure that you don’t leave anything to chance.

Where Your Light Comes From

Although it is frequently overlooked, it’s important to know which direction your windows face.

  • South-facing – light is warm and strong all year round. Consider light-diffusing solutions to protect your furnishings
  • North-facing – light is cold and clear. Consider energy-efficient solutions
  • West-facing – hot and bright afternoon light. Consider light-diffusing and light-control solutions
  • East-facing – bright warm morning light. Consider UV-protecting solutions

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Two Things in One: Pirouette® Window Shadings

Pirouette® Window Shadings

Pirouette® Window Shadings

Pirouette window shadings combine the best of a classic fabric shade with the ability to control light in a total window covering solution. It is a clean, sleek, and modern approach to covering windows, and it is very popular here at Windo VanGo in the Baltimore area. Whether you’re looking for blinds, shades, drapery, or the innovative custom Pirouette sheer window covering, our design experts will work with you to find the perfect window treatment to complement your décor. We carry the entire line of Hunter Douglas window fashions.

Benefits

With the revolutionary Invisi-Lift™ system on Pirouette shades, the horizontal soft fabric vanes appear to be floating gracefully in the window, while providing precise control of the incoming light through the sheer backing. The fabric vanes roll up neatly into the fabric-covered headrail. With Pirouette® Window Shadings, you now have the option of an elegant, soft fabric alternative for your window covering needs.Continue Reading

Accessorizing Is Easy With Accents by the Yard™

vignetteaccentslargeAt Windo VanGo in Baltimore, we’re happy to bring our customers the innovative Accents by the Yard program. Hunter Douglas, aware of homeowners’ desire to coordinate home accessories with their window treatments, developed the cut-yard program to make it easy.

Window treatments by Hunter Douglas are made from some of the most beautiful and unique fabrics, so you can create stunning swags, jabots, side panels, soft cornices, valances, pillows, and more. The possibilities are endless. At Windo VanGo, our experienced sales professionals can use this program to help you find the perfect fabrics to meet your style and budget.Continue Reading

Window Treatments From the Outside

Window_Films_5At Windo VanGo serving the greater Baltimore area, our customers often ask about how to get a consistent look in their windows from the outside of their home even if they aren’t using the same window treatment products and colors on the inside.

Hunter Douglas, the leader in quality window treatment products, addressed this dilemma by offering a common backing (white or neutral) on window treatments, regardless of what they look like on the inside of the house. Window treatments from Hunter Douglas that offer this feature include Silhouette® Window Shadings, Vignette® Modern Roman Shades, Duette® Honeycomb Shades, Luminette® Privacy Sheers, Pirouette® Window Shadings, and Provenance® Woven Wood Shades with Liner.Continue Reading