10 Ideas for Fresh Window Treatments

Refresh your windows with trendy, inexpensive upgrades from tiebacks to sleek curtain rods

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9. Privacy Glass

Some of the best prospects for business in the home luxury category, according to Interiors Design Intelligence, are building products. This, of course, includes windows, and some companies are capitalizing on the demand for well-designed home essentials. While other window accessories may come and go, this next pick provides permanent privacy from snooping neighbors. SwitchLite Privacy Glass is essentially a built-in blind for your windows. A sheet of liquid crystal sits inside the window and is powered by a switch. When on, the glass is clear. When off, the liquid crystal molecules line up, providing an instant translucent privacy barrier. Contact the manufacturer for a price quote.

10. No-Hands Window Treatment Control

It's nearing night and the daily "closing of the window blinds" ritual has begun, only to be reversed the next morning after you wake up. Manually closing certain window treatments can cause wear and tear to the strings, eventually ending in frustration or new blinds. Enter Hunter Douglas with its collection of electrical-powered motorized shades and blinds. Price is dependent upon size and the kind of window treatment you choose to motorize. Operated via remote or light switch, the window treatments are set at the factory to open to a predetermined length. A sensor prevents the window treatment from folding up past its height. With a single remote powering up to 12 treatments, this high-tech window toy will prevent broken strings. But if the power goes off, your windows will just have to wait.