Did you just move? Have you been thinking about custom blinds? We hooked up with our in-house blinds expert Roslyn Ashford of ra reD0es rooms about the questions she gets most when talking to clients about choosing and installing blinds — and we had her answer them. If you still have more questions, get in touch with her or stop by 5th Street Ace, Old Takoma Ace or Tenleytown Ace to check out the options.
Q: What is going to determine the type of blinds that I will need?
A: First, you’ll want to assess your window treatment situation (or lack thereof). Are you suffering from too much sunlight, intrusive view from the street or neighbors, not enough insulation, or a combination of these? How much will your décor play into the occasion? The answers to these questions will begin to point you down the road of picking out blinds that fit your specific needs.
Q: It is way too bright in my space. What is the best product to blackout the sun?
A: Either roller or honeycomb shades. These are both simple treatments yet do the best job of blocking light. Duette line of honeycomb shades from Hunter Douglas does a fantastic job of blocking the sun and provides a number of lifting and corded options for a true custom fit. Hunter Douglas also sells roller shades (both fabric and screen) with blackout functionality. The best way to ensure no light comes into the room is to request that shades are mounted outside of the frame of your window. This means the treatment would hang 3 to 4 inches wider than the window itself if possible.
Q: What do I match the blinds to – furniture or walls?
A: When windows have no trim or molding, which is common in new construction and condos/apartments, matching to the wall has the effect of the blinds fading into the wall. Conversely, if you match blinds to your décor, then the blinds will typically stand out against the wall. If the windows have window trim or molding, then you can match to either the molding or to the walls. If you match to the molding, then the entire window stands out, but if you match to the walls, then just the molding will stand out. Either way, keep in mind that window treatments come in lots of colors but not as many colors as paint. So if you are thinking of painting a bold color, factor in the window treatments before you paint!
Q: How long would it take for custom blinds to arrive, once ordered?
A: Blinds ordered from our Ace Hardware stores in DC typically take seven to ten business days for completion, although it is common for us to receive blinds in as quickly as three days.
Q: It’s cold out! What should I be looking for if I want insulation with my window treatments?
A: Duette’s honeycomb shade with Architella provides the most insulation with three insulating air products as well as an extra inside cell to block out cold air in winter and hot air in summer.
Q: What do custom treatments cost?
A: Custom window treatments are priced higher than off-the-shelf treatments because they offer more functionality and options. You can order shades that will drop down from the top of the window (as opposed to only rising from the bottom), manual cordless shades, remote control shades, shades that let you manage the light between sheer and blackout — and so on.
Based on these options, pricing for custom shades typically starts around $200 and goes up from there. However, what you end up paying is completely dependent upon the size of your window and the product, fabric and options chosen. We also offer on-site installation by a professional installer, should you need those services.