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    Layering Drapes with Your Window Shutters

    Last updated 1 month ago

    When selecting window treatments for your San Francisco home or office, there is no reason for you to have to choose between shutters and drapes. Interior design professionals opt to layer treatments more often than not to maximize design impact and functionality. For tips on treating your windows using both shutters and drapes like the pros, check out this brief video.

    Professional designer Brian Patrick Flynn offers advice on dressing your windows up without overdoing it. He recommends using plantation shutters as the first layer to give you maximum control over privacy and the volume of light that streams in from outside. The drapes you choose should complement your shutters and the rest of the decor in the room.

    Serving the San Francisco area, Bay Home & Window carries the best natural wood and synthetic plantation shutters on the market. To learn about our WindWood™, PolyTherm-R™, Sun Wood™, and Woodcore™ plantation shutters or see them in person, call (925) 401-3951 or visit us at your convenience.

    Answering Common Questions About Household Shutters

    Last updated 1 month ago

    For homeowners looking to enjoy more privacy and reduce their energy consumption and costs, interior shutters are an excellent window treatment option. Available in an array of colors and design styles, shutters also have a timeless appeal that can enhance the feel of your living room or bedroom. If you are considering having shutters installed in your San Francisco area home but would like to learn more about the different types of shutters and how to choose a design that is right for your home, read through the answers to the FAQs featured below.

    What are Common Types of Household Shutters?

    Most window shutters are made from either wood, polyresin, vinyl, or a composite of materials. The most popular shutter style is probably plantation style, which are versatile from a design standpoint and offer other benefits as well. These benefits include the ability to effectively control how much sunlight enters the room and maximizing privacy.

    How Can I Choose the Best Shutters for My Home?

    Factors to consider when choosing shutters for your home include the climate in which you live, your budget, and the existing design and decor of your home. Play around with virtual design tools and speak with an interior shutter expert to help you narrow down your options.

    I’m On a Budget. Can I Afford to Skimp on Shutters?

    Interior shutters are available in a number of materials and styles, and they do not always have to be expensive. That being said, they are one of the most noticeable elements of a home’s design and are worth investing in. As long as you can afford it, do not skimp on shutters.

    Should I Opt for Custom Fitted Shutters?

    To get the most out of your shutters, have them custom made to fit your windows. This will maximize the impact the shutters have on your space, as well as promote their functional purposes.

    At Bay Home & Window, we carry WindWood™ plantation shutters and other high-quality interior shutters that can make your San Francisco home more comfortable and boost its market value. To enquire about any of the products in our online inventory or schedule a free in-home consultation, call (925) 401-3951.

    Top Household Organization Mistakes

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Keeping a tidy home in which everything has its place can make your life more convenient and productive. It may even make you happier at home. While the approach to home organization you take and the methods you use are up to you, there are a handful of common home and closet organization mistakes that you should try to avoid at all costs.

    Accumulation of Excess Belongings

    It can be difficult to part with belongings that are in fine condition or you feel you could use in the future. Failure to do this, however, invariably results in clutter. Whenever you purchase something new, try to get rid of something you no longer need to offset the introduction of something new into your home.

    Closet Design Faux Pas

    Perhaps it is because they have doors that can remain shut whenever guests are over or you are not retrieving something from them, but closets tend to clutter more easily than most other spaces in a home. With a custom closet design or closet organization system that is tailored to you, you can keep your closets as organized and tidy as the most public and well-cared for spaces in your home.

    Jumping the Gun on Organization Systems

    Everything in an organized home should have a designated storage or display space. This can easily be accomplished with the right drawer systems, cubes, boxes, and other organization accessories. Organizing your home is easiest when you purchase organizers specifically for your belongings, as opposed to snatching up organization systems that look cool and are on sale and then trying to make household items work with their design.

    Failure to Use Organization Systems

    Once you have the perfect organization systems for your household needs, it is important to use them all the time. Unless you are in a major hurry, make a point to always put objects back in their place when you are done using them. Ensure that everyone in your household knows where various clothes, toys, books, cookware, and other items belong as well.

    For 20 years, Bay Home & Window has been helping San Francisco residents fulfill their intent to live organized lives in organized living spaces. If you are looking for closet organization systems or organizational furniture that is well-suited to the design and contents of your San Francisco home, call Bay Home & Window in Pleasanton at (925) 401-3951.

    8 Steps to Closet Perfection [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Last updated 1 month ago

    When you open the door to your closet, what do you see? If you stand before a hodge-podge of crammed-in hangers and a pile of unmatched shoes, it’s time to get organized. An organized closet not only looks neater, but also makes it easier to actually see what you have to wear, cutting down on that morning nothing-to-wear panic. Start tackling your closet by saying goodbye to the clutter. If you wouldn’t buy a piece of clothing again today, then it’s time to send it to charity. Once your unworn pieces are gone, start thinking about how a built-in closet organization system can help you wrangle your wardrobe. This Infographic from Bay Home & Window in San Francisco offers eight simple steps for slaying your closet demons. Contact us for all of your home organization needs, and help your friends and family reclaim their closets by sharing this information with them.

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    Are Plantation Shutters Right for Your Windows?

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Introduced to the Americas by the Spanish and typical of large estate homes constructed in the South in the 18th and 19th centuries, plantation shutters are a window treatment that have never gone out of style. Today, these interior shutters dress windows in homes of all design styles from Long Island to San Francisco. To determine whether these versatile and attractive shutters are the right choice for your home’s windows, ask yourself the following questions.

    Could Your Home Use More Natural Sunlight?

    Parts of the San Francisco area are known for their lack of sunshine, which makes maximizing the natural light that filters into a home a priority for many residents. Plantation shutters can facilitate the passage of natural light from outdoors into your home. When it is sunny, your home can be flooded with sunlight. When it is cloudy or foggy, but still fairly light outside, plantation shutters can make it so that your home receives plenty of natural light. If you choose to have plantation shutters in your bedroom or another room in which you like to sleep or rest, they should work well in these spaces as well. Angling the shutters vertically can create an almost blackout effect.

    Do You Value Your Privacy?

    Position plantation shutters horizontally, and they can provide you with great views of the outdoors. Angle these interior shutters vertically, and they can afford you with total privacy. Angle the shutters diagonally to the right degree, and you can should still be able to see outside but anyone outside should have difficulty seeing in.

    Do Your Kitchen and Living Room Need New Window Treatments?

    Plantation shutters can be used in any space. Due to their aesthetic appeal and ability to let light flood in through the spaces between them, they are especially well-suited to areas in which a lot of light is preferred. In most homes, these spaces include kitchens, living rooms, and home offices or libraries.

    At Bay Home & Window in Pleasanton, CA, helping homeowners in the San Francisco make their homes look beautiful and organized is our priority. Depending on your personal preferences and the current design of your home, plantation shutters may or may not be right for your home. For information about our selection of high-quality interior shutters, one style of which is certain to suit your home’s design, call (925) 401-3951 or visit us at your convenience.

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