Window With A View

Dezine Bytes – Interior Design Tips

By Christina Higuchi, Designer/Owner, DEZINE REFINED – Interior Design For Good LivingTM

May 1, 2018

Window With A View  

Exposing the outdoor view with large glass windows and doors to invite the natural beauty of nature into your home, is a spectacular art form in itself.

When privacy or climate control is not an issue, window treatments are not necessary. However, more often than not, coverings are chosen with an abundant of choices to consider, including the window or door itself.

Glass, frame/sill material, window styles, alone, are another subject, so let’s do a quick overview of the basics and window coverings:

The energy efficiency of glass can vary dramatically. They are given two different types of values which measure heat loss: R and U values. Windows are most efficient if they have a relatively high R value and a low U value. The R value is Thermal Resistance – the ability of a material to resist heat flow. The U value is Heat Loss Measurement – how much heat will escape per hour through a window. To reduce heat gain, select glazing with a high shading coefficient.

Moving on to less technical details. To dress and accessorize your windows and doors, the choices are infinite…from customary to custom.

Below are window treatments for all window shapes and sizes listed in the order of Climate Control (highest to least) along with other helpful features to keep in mind:

Designer Roller Shades – offers natural light, privacy and blackouts

  • with or without valance
  • motorized* or manual
  • head rail and bottom rail details

Pleated or Cellular Shades

  • with or without valance
  • motorized* or manual
  • offers numerous options of light
  • an interior blind using fabrics for a softer look

Interior Blinds

  • offers numerous options of light
  • horizontal & vertical
  • wood, aluminum, vinyl, fabric, composite material

Shutters – beautiful, timeless, following the principles of fine craftsmanship

  • offers numerous options of light
  • adjustable louvers
  • wood, stain/paint grade, composite material

Draperies – an endless selection of fabrics, styles and finishing details

  • sun & fade resistant, blackouts, exterior weather resistant for outside dining areas and pergolas/gazebos
  • soft or crisp, plain or patterned, shear or solid, textured or woven
  • accessories: decorative rod, rings, grommets, tiebacks, trims, buttons
  • valance styles and shapes
  • motorized* or manual

*Remote operation allows for easy management of operation, changing the amount of light filtration throughout the day and for privacy, day or night.

May this information remove some of the mystery from your window covering process and as you move forward with your projects, my goal is to make your job as easy as possible, creating a personalized environment for your enjoyment.

Here’s to Interior Design For Good Living!  


Christina Higuchi is Interior Designer/Owner at Dezine Refined – Interior Design For Good Living – in beautiful La Quinta, California.

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