Window Design Digital and Physical

Window Design Digital and Physical

Computer windows teach us about window treatment design

Graphical user interfaces, such as Microsoft Windows, copied design concepts (and brand name) from building windows. There is more then just a brand name connection between computer design and window architecture.
From stained glass mosaics to lattice windows, inspiration and ideas were transferred to the world of computing.



From the dawn of the personal computer designer attempted to entice users with familiar design concepts.While Macintosh focused more on design and Microsoft on usability functionality.
This could compare with light and unobstructed view against extensive architecture and colorful window cornices.


Susceptible to similar rise and falls of good design practices and trends

See some recent bad design trends in Linux, and in Windows. Macintosh however, often lacks the convenient functionality that others system have.



It seems ideas in graphical computer interfaces and real building windows are about to converge.

Future of Windows
Compare 3D desktop to Smart Windows
Curtain Rods and Custom stoppers

Curtain Rods and Custom stoppers

Assuming it doesn’t come with the set there is a whole other design feature that you need choose when buying a window treatment. What style rod matches the decor of the shades and cornice. A special shade stopper could add plenty of elegance to otherwise plain window. Unless it is completely covered by the cornice the rod or stopper is always noticeable. Of course you need to find something that could go room design without being too large fancy.

A tip to follow for matching a style is, unless you are going for a specific historic style the simpler the better. It is also good to note that black goes with most colors. Crystal could end up being pretty transparent which could hide the stopper altogether.

Use your Window Treatment as a Projector Screen

Use your Window Treatment as a Projector Screen

Ever wanted a complete home theater system but didn’t have money or space?

As digital film projectors get smaller and cheaper it is now possible for anyone to build their own quality home theater system. Traditional projector screens are unsightly and consume ceiling space. Using your window treatment to double as a projector screen makes perfect sense. Motorized roller shades make the easiest projector screens as they extend and extract on the press of a button. The projector itself could be placed hanging from the ceiling or temperately set up on furniture. A typical 1080p HD projector costs from about $200 to $500 on Amazon or B&H-photovideo. You want at least 3000 lumens if there is going to be some ambient light in the room.

But what does it look like from the outside?

Yes, the colors and shapes might be visible to someone on the outside. One way to deal with this is to know that nothing will be visible through blinds in the daytime. Another way is to make sure you are using roller shades or blackout blinds that don’t allow any light in or out of your home.


If you or your kids want a home theater system there is no excuse. A whole system including speakers and shade screen shouldn’t cost more than $500.

Window treatments could help control indoor climate and conserve energy.

Window treatments could help control indoor climate and conserve energy.

Using blinds and shades properly can dramatically reduce summer cooling and winter heating costs. Depending on the season different window treatment types are ideal. In this post we explain how to design the most comfortable and Eco friendly window treatment for your home.

Normal Blinds with horizontal slats

Blinds are best used in the summer. They are able to reflect out the sun light to reduce heat gain by 45%. If you do need the natural sunlight but still want to save on heat you can adjust the blinds to reflect on to a lightly-colored ceiling. A lightly-colored ceiling can diffuse the light without adding much heat or glare. Another advantage of window blinds is being able to adjust it to allow in a breeze from an open window while at the same time deflecting the heat from the sun.


Here is great place to learn about the different blind and window shutter options available.

Draperies and shades

Drapes and simular kinds of window treatments are ideal for the winter season. Although curtains are overall less efficient at reducing heat in the summer you could still save up to 33%. The most optimal summer shade would be a medium colored curtain with a white plastic backing.

A shade’s ability to reduce heat loss in the winter depends on several factors including fabric style, thickness and color. Obviously a closed weave fabric will be better at controlling room temperature than hole weave pattern like this. It’s best if you let the drapes fall over on to the floor or windowsill and also overlap in the middle. Velcro could be used to tightly attach the drapes at the sides and bottom. If they don’t touch the ceiling a cornice should be installed over the top. Two sets of shades hung over each other could also help. If all done properly it’s possible to reduce heat loss by up to 25%. Most standard window shades reduce heat loss from a room up to around 10% by default.
“Blind” Meanings and History

“Blind” Meanings and History

The word “blind” as in curtain obviously comes from same term meaning “unable to see.” When a window is covered up with a curtain who becomes blind? The outsiders are blind to what is happening inside, the insiders are blind to what is happening outside, or maybe the people inside can no longer see because of lack of sunlight.

Let us look at history to see what was most likely meant when the word was first used to refer to curtains.

Firstly note that use of “blind” as in “unable to see” was first used in Old English in year 1535 (wiki dictionary). It was probably only until much later that the word was used to mean a curtain.

Black-out blinds during Wartime

The first use of enforced blackouts was in the beginning of World War One. Right at the beginning of the war Germany planned the first ever strategic air bombing campaign on England. Before the war Winston Churchill, lord of the Admiralty, planned to blackout the coastal towns to confuse German submarines as well aircraft. Eight days after England declared war on August 12 1914 the blackout was issued on several towns. Germany started air-raids on England on England first with Zeppelins then with Gothas bomber planes. In response the whole England was put under nightly blackouts by February 1916.

By World War Two it was common term to use blackout-blinds with black-outs laws issued in many countries around the globe. For as many as five years people grew accustomed to living under blackout conditions. Of course everyone was greatly relieved at the end of war when the blackout was finally lifted. During the black many people were injured from automobile accidents as well as suffering high street crime rates.

Black-out blinds available at Royal Window Treatments

Blackout Window Treatment Options


Blackout Roller Shades


Solar Shades: The Most Energy-Efficient Window Treatment

The infographic titled “Why to Consider Energy-Efficient Solar Shades?” is designed with a specific aim to delineate different attributes of solar shades that can help you to get the most energy-efficient window treatment in your home.

Not only they gently filter and diffuse natural sunlight and block out harmful UV rays, but also keep your room cooler by doing so. Solar shades are available in numerous patterns and shades and you can always go ahead to choose the one with a higher openness factor and a darker fabric to get a clearer view.

Furthermore, these solar shades are also available in an impressive collection of fabrics and colors at shades store nyc that will help you add the balance and style to your rooms, you’d always desired for. You can also refer to the given infographic to know more about solar shades and their attributes.


Swags and Tails: The Most Beautiful Window Treatment

The infographic titled “Swag Window Treatment for Ultimate Effect”, talks about Swags and Tails window treatments. You will get a brief idea about the basic elements to design, different styles of Swags and Tails, types of Swags and their benefits. A window treatment is an important decorating element that is usually placed in, on, over or around a window. They not only enhance the aesthetics of the room, but also augment the functionality of your windows.

Swags and Tails are one of the most ornamental window treatments that are ideal when used as a classic treatment in a traditional setting. Swags are basically the bits that are draped horizontally and Tails are the bits that hand down usually on either side of the window. The two most common types of Swags window treatment are staggered pleats and standard pleats. In staggered pleats, each pleat begins slightly further in from the previous one whereas in standard pleats, all pleats come from the same point on the outer edges.

For more information about Swags and Tails window treatment, please refer the given infographic.


Everything you need to Know about Window Shades [Infographic]

Window shades are one of the best ways to ensure privacy and reduce energy consumption in a home. They also play an important role when it comes to controlling the amount of light in a room. Apart from providing these functional benefits, window shades can have a significant impact on the interior décor of your home. Due to all these factors, it becomes essential to choose the right type of window treatments for your home.

Window shades come in different styles and designs. Roman shades, balloon shades, fabric shades, honeycomb shades, tie-up shades, cellular shades are some of the most popular types of window shades available to the homeowners. Each of these shades has its own unique features and benefits. While honeycomb shades provide extra insulation and protection from the sun, balloon shades can be very effective in concealing blinds . Keeping in mind the important features of shades, you can easily choose the right shades for your home.