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By ELIZABETH BETTENDORF

Window treatments are also a challenge when designing a family living area.

Couture says to choose ones "that roll up high like Roman shades" to keep them safe from kids and pets.

Long thinks it's important to factor in whether the room will be used for a lot of TV watching.

"You need to think about light control. A light sheer window treatment, for example may not work for TV viewing," he says.

Window Treatments Feature "New Elegance" in Design

 By Katie Brisichella

Interior design is experiencing a surge of optimism, regardless of the woes in real estate. Color trends are bursting with life, excitement and sophistication.

In 2007, there is a "new elegance" found in soft window treatment designs. You will see designing with a touch of elegance and gorgeous glamour, but kept on a modest scale. Most of us want to live, feel and experience the good things of life, including beauty and loveliness on a daily, personal basis.

See your home in a whole new light!

Perhaps you have noticed areas in your home where your furniture, flooring, artwork or even your window coverings are fading. Try lifting an area rug or turning over some throw pillows and there is a good chance that that you have already been subjected to sun damage. UV (ultraviolet) rays are the leading cause of fading. The second biggest contributor is heat. By reducing both of these properties in a building we are able to preserve its contents.

Dress up your windows: Fall trends in colors and styles

Some tips and trends for choosing the right drapery, shade or valance

Fall often is the time when people realize their window treatments could use a fashion makeover. Daylight hours grow shorter. Temperatures, cooler. Cocooning sets in. Warmth and privacy become priorities.

But choosing the right window treatment is not always an open-and-shut case.

Try these ideas to make room feel much wider

You can make the room feel better proportioned by changing the emphasis from the fireplace wall at the end, to the window in the middle of the room.

This can be accomplished with just a few steps and the first is to paint all the walls, including the fireplace, in a single colour.

This may mean replacing the wood panelling with drywall if you choose, or painting the wood and brick with an appropriate paint.

Black and white still work magic in decor

Black and white, the yin and yang of the design world, is a cornerstone of classic home decor.

The versatile palette transforms easily from warm to opulent to modern to peaceful, which is why the combination has been used for centuries.

"It has been a staple in our lives since the beginning of time," said Elizabeth Rosensteel, owner and lead designer of Elizabeth Rosensteel Designs in Phoenix.

The contemporary home easily incorporates these colors with its sleek, modern and clean feel.

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