If you are getting ready to buy new drapes for a room, or your whole house, put aside style and colors for a few minutes and consider function. Once you know the reasons you want the drapes, you can find the correct kind to suit your needs and then search within that type for the colors and styles you want. When you have drapes that will serve specific functions, you can save money. Here are just a few examples of how this happens.
Insulated drapes can provide extra insulation for your home. This will keep the cold air from getting into the house during the winter, lowering your heating bills. In the summer, lined drapes will prevent the cooler air from your AC unit from escaping to cool the outside so you have lower cooling bills. In addition, if you layer your drapes, you can open the top, heavy layer to allow in some sunlight while keeping the thinner, under layer closed to provide some privacy. This keeps you from needing to turn lights on in the house and lowers your electric bill. To maximize your savings, you will need to know which direction each window faces. This way, you can open the heavy drapes on the windows that are not receiving direct sunlight. This will help keep a room from being dark but will not cause the heating or cooling to be affected because no direct rays are coming into the room.
The sun's rays can be damaging to wood, fabric, plastic, paper, and paint. If you do not have drapes that keep the sun's rays from streaming into a room you will notice things like the colors of the rugs or furniture fading. Some materials, such as wood and leather, can also dry out if there is too much sun, causing them to rot. Using drapery to keep the harsh rays of the sun from coming into the house will keep you from having to replace rugs, furniture, and flooring sooner than necessary. Be sure to use drapes that are lined, insulated or of a thick enough material to keep the sun's rays out of the house.
Once you know what the draperies need to do, look around the room to determine how many sets are needed and of what size. Keep in mind that if you want a room to appear larger you should go for drapes that go from up close to the ceiling all the way to the floor. Then you can decide what colors or textures will suit the room best. The money you save on your utilities and furnishings in the future will more than pay for the drapes you want, regardless of the style and materials. Talk with someone at a company like Park City Blind & Design to learn more about drapery options.