New Light Through Old Windows

November 29, 2016

As modern interior designers operating in and around Los Angeles, California. We know that you are looking for many things when seeking window options for your hotel chain or business.

When choosing the right type of window covering for your hotel room, there are various types of thing to think about:

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THE LIGHT

Firstly and not surprisingly, the light is the first thing that you will be considering when you are thinking about what window styles you are opting for.
Ideally, you want a sundrenched hotel suite, which is simply pouring with light, where you will sit, bathed in sunlight…
And…if it’s raining (because even in Los Angeles it can rain) you want to still be flooded – by daylight – as much as is possible.
So you want your windows to let in the maximum possible light whilst still doing this.
For this reason, you want to weigh up carefully the type of window fittings, the materials and the colors of them too.

THE DARK

Because what you usually want to do in hotel rooms is just shut the world out and sleep – even during the daytime.
Hotels are places where people who have just traveled across time zones come to flop out in. The one thing you are going to need is a decent night’s sleep or, in some cases, a decent day’s sleep!
So as well as wanting the room to be as light and as airy as possible, you also want to turn day into the middle of the night, with a simple pull of a cord or swish of a curtain.
For these reasons you will want to look at black out curtains, blinds and shutters.

PRIVACY

new-light-through-old-windows-02Privacy is top of the list of things that you want in a hotel room, when you are surrounded by strangers on all sides.

You want the room to be flooded by light, but not by prying eyes. So logically we may start to consider types of sheer curtains and drapes or various types of blinds.

These can allow light to still come into the room, without anyone being able to see in.

 

new-light-through-old-windows-03NOISE

Noise control is always a top consideration by the hotel industry because nine times out of ten you are located directly on top of a busy sidewalk or road.

Naturally, your clients are going to want to shut the outside world out and wish to keep it out and all the extraneous sounds that go with it.

Heavy drapes are a good choice for minimizing noises from outside, which is why they have been traditional favorites in the hotel industry for decades. Heavy and to the floor drapes will mask and muffle the street outside, as well as sealing in the warmth of a room. They are also good for keeping it dark and cool. And they look beautiful.

Material is a consideration here though, because of course you need to think about their cleaning and aftercare and whether they can be easily laundered.

This is why some choose blinds and shutters, as they can literally shut the noise of the street outside without adding to the laundry bill!

 

HEATING AND INSULATION

Whether you are trying to heat your room up in the winter months or cool it down in the tropical heat of an Indian summer, drapes, curtains and blinds play an important part in the temperature of a room.

A layered effect of many light drapes can be good for letting light pervade a room, without making it heat up too much, in a hot environment. But also, heavy drapes and curtains can be good for sealing in the heat on a cold winter’s day.

Blinds and shutters lend themselves well to a cool, continental feel and keeping the hot summer sun at bay during a heat wave, whereas thick, plush curtains add a cozy touch to a chilly winter day.

 

THE FEEL OF THE ROOM

Finally, the feel of a room is probably the thing that encapsulates all these other points and the thing that as top interior designers in Los Angeles, we are always striving to achieve.

Whether your room is large or small, has a lot of natural light or does not, has a great view or not such a good one, we can work with you to decide upon ultimately, how you would like the look of the place to be.

We can talk you through all the options available of window coverings, with all their advantages and disadvantages for each room.

We will be able to advise you on the types of material you can use to achieve different looks (warm, soft, cozy, or light and airy) which are the best widths and lengths to go for.

Whether you want to the floor drapes or not. What sort of mounting you want to have – shutters and which types of shutters might work best for you.

 

SHUTTERS VERSUS BLINDS

Deciding between shutters and blinds is a personal thing. It is a bit like choosing between apples and pears or cats and dogs.

Some of the people we work with absolutely adore one, but loathe the other. Yet both offer advantages.

We can work with your hotel chain or business, to tailor make either shutters or various types of blinds, to your exact specifications.

Here we have a brief rundown of some of the major points of each shutters and blinds.

 

SHUTTERS

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  • DURABLE AND LONGLASTING
  • BEAUTIFUL AND CLASSIC LOOK
  • KEEPS IN HEAT
  • LOW MAINTENANCE

Nothing says elegance more than a beautifully crafted pair of shutters in a bay window.

Shutters are very much an old school traditional interior design that have been around for centuries. Keep the world at an arm’s length and banish all drafts with a classic shutter on your hotel windows.

These also have the added advantage of not being as cumbersome and time consuming to clean as blinds can be – which could be a deal breaker when it comes to paying for maintenance.

 

BLINDS

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  • AVAILABLE IN MULTIPLE STYLES
  • MADE TO MEASURE EXACTLY
  • GENTLE AND ELEGANT LOOK
  • CAN BE OPENED AND SHUT EASILY
  • LESS COSTLY THAN SHUTTERS
  • TAKE UP LESS SPACE THAN SHUTTERS

 

Typically blinds are less expensive than shutters and can be removed more easily. Also, they come in a huge variety of styles. Vertical, metal, wooden, Venetian, the list goes on.

Ultimately, there is a type of blind that will suit your hotel room and your price range and of course, they are all made to measure.

Alternatively there are also shades.

 

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Roman shades give a classical feel to a room and may be made from a variety of different materials, including bamboo amongst others.

Whether you want clean contours and a modern feel, or something a bit grander without being overly fussy, a Roman shade can add that dimension to a room.

 

DRAPES

new-light-through-old-windows-07If you have decided to go for drapes (and most hotel rooms will have at least some rooms that feature drapes) you will want to consider the color, texture and material prints firstly and foremost.

Blackout curtains and blinds are a highly advisable addition to any drapes and lining your curtains will not only bring darkness and warmth to the room, but also protect your curtain material from wear and the sun.

We can advise with all aspects of fabric and design, right through to length, width and the all important curtain pole, to add the crowning glory to your room.

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