One of our writers is what we like to call “window treatment challenged.” So if you are too, you have come to the right place. Selecting treatments for your windows is not an easy undertaking and there are no shortage of window treatment options.
Adding a more aesthetic value to choosing the right window treatment may seem like a very daunting task, especially if you are the picky type. That’s more of a reason why smart phone, tablet and web-based applications can help identify what treatment option is right for your project. And you don’t have to be an tech nerd to use them. Phew!
The Window Shopper
The Window Shopper was developed by Blinds.com. With this app, you can choose from any blind or window treatment within the Blinds.com inventory. After your selection, snap a quick picture of your window, and the app will “try on” the selection on your window. When you find something you like, you can order a free sample to be sure the color is exactly what you want. No need for guess work and you don’t have hire an interior decorator. It is easy to use and very practical too. You can save your favorites and even email them to share. This app is free at the iTunes store and is available for your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch.
Another app for window treatments is DecorMate Windows. It is not yet released, but the website says it will be available soon through the iTunes App Store. It is an app created by an interior designer that allows you to choose from different window treatments, styles, colors, and materials seamlessly. All you have to do is take a photo of your window frame on your iPhone or iPad and within a few minutes you will have window treatment options that will be best for your window. The app also allows professionals to organize their projects. The developer’s are calling it a “designer’s best friend”. You be the judge. We can’t wait to try it ourselves.
Bali Blinds is a free app created by the Bali custom window treatment company for your iPhone or iPod Touch. The app allows you to view photos of different types of blinds and shades for different room types. It also contains their complete product catalog and you can make purchases directly from the app. Other features do include comparison tool, energy calculator, a guide on how to measure your window and where to purchase Bali items. But keep in mind, unlike the other two apps, this one does not have the option to take a photo of your window and see the treatments on.
Benefits of Apps for Window Treatments
- Seeing the final result before you spend your money. The best thing about using apps like The Window Shopper and DecorMate Windows is that you can see your options in no time. When people typically shop for window treatments, they rely on the images of the products that are provided. From those you can only imagine how they would look on your window. You try on clothes when you shop, right? Well, essentially this is just like trying on window treatments for your window.
- Save time and money. The apps we have featured are free – see, saving you money. And you can play around with them at home, in your PJ’s – see, saving you time. So you don’t have to go to a store and shop around and guess which ones will add more aesthetic value to your home.
As you can see, there are a variety of tools available to help you with your window treatments. Trust me, you don’t need to be a genius to figure out how to use these apps. Though they are helpful for interior design professionals, they are also geared for the do-it-yourself types.
What apps – or computer programs – have you found helpful while dealing with window treatments? We’d love to hear from you, even if you’re still using an old bed sheet as curtains.
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