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Recent window trends keep energy efficiency in view

 

Like any other home element, window styles go in and out of fashion. There was the narrow horizontal ranch house window, the plain double-hung Sears kit house window, the curtain-challenging towering palladium window of the '90s.  The latest trend is less about style and more about energy efficiency. From triple panes to solar insulation, homeowners are choosing windows that reduce the bottom line on electric bills while preventing ultraviolet ray damage to furnishings.

Try these ideas to make room feel much wider

 By David Ferguson

The second step is to "frame" the window by installing attractive side drapes made from a fabric that works with the view outside and drapery hardware that complements the wood furniture.

Placed under the window, the sofa can be upholstered in a fabric similar to the draperies to draw even more attention to that area of the room.

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