jems design lafayette indiana can deliver new ideas to make the best, most informed decision for your new window treatments

Get the Most Out of Your Investment

As you consider updating one or more spaces in your home, we’d like to give you some food for thought to give you some new ideas and things to reflect on so you can make the best, most informed decision for your new Window Treatments.

What’s your goal in purchasing Window Treatments?

Here are some solutions to common window treatment goals.

Would you like to block out harsh sunlight in the morning so you can get extra rest?

Blackout or room darkening shades give you that peaceful break from the bright light of the sun. If you work nights or otherwise need to rest during the day, this is a great way to go.

A little light still tends to show through gaps in the sides, but that can easily be remedied with a little careful planning. For instance, we can mount your shades on the outside of the trim or place drapery panels on the sides where the light in coming in.

Do you struggle with the hot sun pelting the rooms of your home with heat during the summer months?

Cellular shades are a must-have for keeping your home cool and lowering energy costs in warmer weather. We offer single and double cellular shades which help insulate your windows and prevent excess heat from building up inside your home. Some roller shades have similar benefits. Call JEMS Design to learn more!

Are you looking to have more privacy in your home?

This is an easy problem to fix with window treatments. There’s a wide variety of products to give you some additional comfort and privacy in your home: roller shades, cellular shades, drapery panels, blinds, and shutters. It’s up to you! In fact, it would be easier to tell you which products DON’T give you more privacy. Solar shades, for instance, are more for giving you an outside view as they filter and diffuse light.

Light Control Lingo

Here are some vocabulary words to keep in mind as you research your next project.

Allows plenty of light inside while maintaining privacy from outside. At night, however, there’s very little privacy.

Provides moderate privacy as light gently filters through. Shapes may be seen through, but any details will be unclear. Darker fabric yields less filtering.

Gives you privacy while still allowing some light to come into the room. In a lit room, vague shapes can be seen inside. Darker color fabrics darken more, and lighter color fabrics filter and diffuse sunlight.

Shuts out all light from outside and provides ultimate privacy. All fabric colors provide equal light control.

How to Clean/Care for Your Window Treatments

Cleaning your window treatments is no different than cleaning any other furnishing in your home. Either you can bring in the professionals, or you can do it yourself. If you’re going with the latter option, here are some helpful tips to make sure your window treatments stay clean and vibrant for years to come.


Some simple rules to go by…

  • Wood does not like water! Use a damp cloth to wash wood and remove any excess water left behind. Wood blinds and shutters should never be soaked, as it can damage the material. If you are unsure about what material they are made of, be safe and assume they are wood.
  • It is a good idea to dust your blinds/shutters to prevent more intense cleanings later.
  • Vinyl blinds can be soaked to make cleaning easier or to remove stubborn grime.
  • When cleaning shades, don’t rub the surface, but rather dab at it with a mild detergent. Start off spot cleaning in less conspicuous areas instead of giving it a complete cleaning. This way you can see how it looks before doing the same treatment to the whole shade.
  • If you have vanes or shelf-like shades, use a vacuum cleaner attachment or a blow dryer on cool to gently remove debris.
  • To launder drapery, follow the instructions for the fabric used, as each needs to be treated differently. Most home décor fabrics require dry cleaning—be sure your dry cleaner is capable of cleaning drapery.

Just a reminder: your window treatments are an investment in your home. Please be gentle with them!