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Shades, Drapes, and Blinds – Oh My!

Richmond Living Room in the Evening with Beautiful ShadesHere’s an idea: use quality window coverings to give your Richmond rental property the ultimate vibe of a home. If your current home didn’t come with blinds or shades, there are a few options to choose from. The right window coverings grant your house privacy, better energy efficiency, and easier light control. They also provide a certain aesthetic to any room. Even if all window coverings offer similar advantages, they also have their fair share of differences. When choosing one for your rental home, think about how it can enhance the look of 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. Conversely, windows that open up or down 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. But, 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. Nowadays, 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. The quality of these faux-wood blinds is better than those of vinyl mini blinds.

There are several colors to choose from, however, white is very popular because it can fit with almost any interior décor theme. The two-inch blinds do a good job of blocking light, and using faux wood is better than real wood, especially if you live somewhere with high humidity. 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. You can get them in different styles and colors, and you can easily pair them with curtains!

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 an instant easy choice for homeowners.

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.

If the crafty part of you wants a custom look, drapes offer a lot of customization. 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.

Nevertheless, drapes, blinds, and shades all have a lot to add to your Richmond rental home’s décor. It just takes a bit of creativity and decision making to add value and comfort to every room.

Too busy to be bothered? Both tenants and property owners alike can benefit by calling a Richmond property manager. Real Property Management Sterling provides full-service property management that helps everyone. Contact us online or call us at 802-861-6468 to learn more.

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