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Shades, Drapes, and Blinds – Oh My!

Frederick Living Room in the Evening with Beautiful Shades Do you want to turn your Frederick rental property into something more than just a house, like an actual home? One quick way is to add quality window coverings! Even if the home you occupy right now is missing blinds or shades, there are a lot of options you can choose from! The right window coverings lead to 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. It’s best to know which one is best for your rental home.

When choosing a window covering, it only makes sense to consider which one best fits your window. If you have sliding glass doors, vertical blinds are often the best choice. However, windows that open up or down often pair best with horizontal blinds. Be sure to take note of how much light you want to keep out of your room. If light filtering isn’t an issue, shades or light curtains might be your best choice. Although, 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. For now, 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. In contrast to the vinyl mini blinds, the faux-wood blinds are more pleasing to the eyes, and they offer better quality.

Although there are many colors to choose from, white is popular because it fits almost any interior décor. The two-inch blinds do a good job of blocking light, and using faux wood is better than real wood, most notably if your area is known to be very humid. It’s not hard to see why these blinds have come to be a rental home staple.

While it’s true that blinds improve energy efficiency, to get true energy efficiency, consider using 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. In case you want to pair these shades with an existing curtain, these shades come in several 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 them a very versatile option for any household.

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 lot of drapes offer light-blocking functionality, too, depending on the style and type of fabric you choose.

Drapes will not only allow you to be creatively crafty, they will let you build your custom look. With a variety of colors, patterns, fabrics, styles, and accessories to choose from, you can come up with 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.

Choose what you will: drapes, blinds, and shades have a lot to add to your Frederick rental home’s décor. Through these small steps, you can add big value and comfort to every room.

Don’t have the time to do it yourself? Both tenants and property owners alike can benefit by calling a Frederick property manager. Real Property Management Prime provides full-service property management that helps everyone. Contact us online or call us at 410-415-1736 to learn more.

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