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Providing Flair to Areas of Your Home

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Rochester: Providing Flair to Areas of Your Home
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Many aspects of your home provide function, like the framing or the furnace. Other aspects of your home provide flair like your decorative pieces. And some provide both. In this edition of Your Home, Solomon Syed has more.

"Custom window treatments can provide a variety of things. They can actually keep the sunlight out. They can prevent the sun from shadowing televisions. Room darkening is a privacy factor. Might want to sleep in on a Saturday, room darkening will allow this to happen," said Paula McCormick, Interior Designer, PMI.

If you're looking into getting some custom window treatments, you might want to start on your own.

"Customers might want to look on the Internet. They might want to look at design magazines and actually get the look that they're trying to capture and then I go in and fabrics. Some people like a more casual look, a more linen feel, maybe a natural organic fabric. And other people are looking for a high end silk look, a more formal look," said McCormick.

Wherever you decide to put custom treatments, the rest of the room should be designed and finished first.

McCormick added, "The normal design process is the window treatments are icing on the cake. They are normally the last step. a customer would purchase their home or they're trying to update or remodel. Your window treatments are going to be your final touch."

So what is popular right now?

McCormick responded, "We're still in a trend with a lot of the naturals and the neutrals. And window treatments can be costly, so I advise my clients to stick with a more neutral palette for the main part of the window treatment and maybe do a punch of color for an accent."

If you don't have any window treatments like this window and you're on a budget, there is still things you can do to make your windows stand out.

McCormick went on to say, "If you're setting out and designing your first apartment, you're probably not going to invest in custom window treatments. There's a lot of great ready-made treatments out there."

It's not all in the fabrics, though. How you hang your treatments and what you hang them from can also add style to your decor.

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