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Shades, Drapes, and Blinds – Oh My!

Cedar Park Living Room in the Evening with Beautiful ShadesQuality window coverings can turn your Cedar Park 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 can provide privacy, better energy efficiency, and easier light control. They can also give any room a certain kind of vibe. And though all window coverings generally look the same, they also share some differences. 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. Conversely, windows that open up or down pair best with horizontal blinds. It might also help to think about how much light you want to keep out of your rooms. If light filtering isn’t an issue, shades or light curtains might be your best choice. However, 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.

Now that you know what you want for each room, you can go over your window covering options. At this point, 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. The quality of these faux-wood blinds is better than those of vinyl mini blinds.

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. Also, is your house built somewhere with a lot of humidity? If so, consider using faux wood rather than real wood. Because these blinds have a lot of benefits that come with them, they’ve become a rental home staple.

Yes, blinds do help improve energy efficiency but to get true energy efficiency, go for the 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.

Still unsure? Maybe a roman fabric shade is what you’re looking for. 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 it very convenient for homeowners to place them anywhere in 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. A variety of 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.

Nevertheless, drapes, blinds, and shades all have a lot to add to your Cedar Park rental home’s décor. Adding value and comfort to every room is all a matter of choosing and deciding.

Don’t have the time to do it yourself? Both tenants and property owners alike can benefit by calling a Cedar Park property manager. Real Property Management Longhorn provides full-service property management that helps everyone. Contact us online or call us at 512-580-3099 to learn more.

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