When it Comes to Decorating Windows in Children's Rooms, Safety and Sensibility are as Important as Style

Apr 10, 2001, 01:00 ET from Levolor Home Fashions

    HIGH POINT, N.C., April 10 /PRNewswire/ -- In decorating any room, windows
 are key.  This is especially true in children's rooms.  Here, window coverings
 have to be more than stylish; they have to be safe, functional and durable.
     No one knows this better than interior designers Ann Freudenthal and Terry
 Porter.  As Window Fashions Certified Professionals (WFCP) and decorator
 consultants for Sears for 25 years, they've helped many parents achieve all
 three, easily and affordably, and most often with products from one of the
 most well known names in the business: Levolor.
 
     Safety first: choose cordless blinds and shades.
     "Children and pets are attracted to cords, so cordless window coverings
 are your best choice for kids' rooms," says Porter.  In fact, the U.S.
 Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the Window Covering Safety
 Council (WCSC) began recommending last year that consumers with young children
 consider cordless window treatments.
     Cordless blinds and shades are safer for children and pets because the
 outer lift cords are replaced by a spring motor system inside the headrail.
 "Fortunately, the technology that makes cordless window coverings safer also
 makes them sleeker and easier to operate -- a simple push or pull on the
 bottom rail is all it takes to raise or lower the blinds," says Freudenthal.
     The first manufacturer to bring cordless blinds and shades to market,
 Levolor plans to have additional cordless products, including wood blinds and
 fabric Roman shades, available at retailers nationwide by the end of 2001.
     "The rule of thumb when decorating nurseries and kids room: always
 position cribs and furniture away from window treatments," adds Porter.
 
     Nap at noon, protect upholstery and lower utility bills -- all with energy
 efficient cellular shades.
     For infants and small children, cellular shades are a great option in the
 bedroom or playroom.  "Made with energy-efficient room-darkening or total
 blackout fabrics, cellular shades provide 100% light control for naptime while
 filling the room with soft, diffused light the rest of the day," says
 Freudenthal.  Cellular shades block out damaging UV rays, protecting
 upholstery and carpets from sun damage.
 
     Color for the kids, neutrals for you and the neighbors.
     "In an older kid's room or a playroom, color is key," says Porter.
 "Available in virtually every color you can imagine, you can use multi-colored
 slats to create a contrast stripe that makes for a really fun look in play
 rooms or family rooms."  If you go for color, Porter advises choosing blinds
 that are available in a neutral color on the back.  "You get vibrant color
 inside while keeping a consistent look for your home's exterior."
 
     Spend less time cleaning (and sneezing) with a dust-repellent finish.
     On metal blinds, Porter recommends choosing a static-reducing finish, such
 as Levolor's Dustguard.  "Controlling dust not only makes for a better
 appearance and less cleaning time, it helps minimize the adverse effects dust
 can have on children with allergies, asthma or other respiratory problems."
 For added durability, Porter recommends metal blinds with an 8-gauge slat
 thickness.  "No 'permanently' wrinkled slats regardless how many times little
 ones peer through," says Porter.
 
     Custom can be affordable.
     According to both designers, window coverings don't have to be expensive
 and Levolor is the best example.  "With the wide selection of products and
 colors available on today's market, custom measured and made is truly the best
 value," says Porter.
     Freudenthal agrees.  "Levolor offers a great product at a great price.
 The sales, promotions and rebates offered throughout the year give customers
 an exceptional value.  And with the warranty that Levolor offers, customers
 have peace of mind that they are buying quality products, just as decorators,
 including myself, can feel confident selling them."
     Backed by the Good Housekeeping seal, Levolor products are sold nationwide
 at home centers, department stores, through decorators and at most major
 retailers of custom window covering products.
     For free instructions on measuring for Levolor custom shades and blinds,
 installation-troubleshooting advice and cleaning instructions visit
 www.levolor.com or call 1-800-LEVOLOR.
 
 

SOURCE Levolor Home Fashions
    HIGH POINT, N.C., April 10 /PRNewswire/ -- In decorating any room, windows
 are key.  This is especially true in children's rooms.  Here, window coverings
 have to be more than stylish; they have to be safe, functional and durable.
     No one knows this better than interior designers Ann Freudenthal and Terry
 Porter.  As Window Fashions Certified Professionals (WFCP) and decorator
 consultants for Sears for 25 years, they've helped many parents achieve all
 three, easily and affordably, and most often with products from one of the
 most well known names in the business: Levolor.
 
     Safety first: choose cordless blinds and shades.
     "Children and pets are attracted to cords, so cordless window coverings
 are your best choice for kids' rooms," says Porter.  In fact, the U.S.
 Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the Window Covering Safety
 Council (WCSC) began recommending last year that consumers with young children
 consider cordless window treatments.
     Cordless blinds and shades are safer for children and pets because the
 outer lift cords are replaced by a spring motor system inside the headrail.
 "Fortunately, the technology that makes cordless window coverings safer also
 makes them sleeker and easier to operate -- a simple push or pull on the
 bottom rail is all it takes to raise or lower the blinds," says Freudenthal.
     The first manufacturer to bring cordless blinds and shades to market,
 Levolor plans to have additional cordless products, including wood blinds and
 fabric Roman shades, available at retailers nationwide by the end of 2001.
     "The rule of thumb when decorating nurseries and kids room: always
 position cribs and furniture away from window treatments," adds Porter.
 
     Nap at noon, protect upholstery and lower utility bills -- all with energy
 efficient cellular shades.
     For infants and small children, cellular shades are a great option in the
 bedroom or playroom.  "Made with energy-efficient room-darkening or total
 blackout fabrics, cellular shades provide 100% light control for naptime while
 filling the room with soft, diffused light the rest of the day," says
 Freudenthal.  Cellular shades block out damaging UV rays, protecting
 upholstery and carpets from sun damage.
 
     Color for the kids, neutrals for you and the neighbors.
     "In an older kid's room or a playroom, color is key," says Porter.
 "Available in virtually every color you can imagine, you can use multi-colored
 slats to create a contrast stripe that makes for a really fun look in play
 rooms or family rooms."  If you go for color, Porter advises choosing blinds
 that are available in a neutral color on the back.  "You get vibrant color
 inside while keeping a consistent look for your home's exterior."
 
     Spend less time cleaning (and sneezing) with a dust-repellent finish.
     On metal blinds, Porter recommends choosing a static-reducing finish, such
 as Levolor's Dustguard.  "Controlling dust not only makes for a better
 appearance and less cleaning time, it helps minimize the adverse effects dust
 can have on children with allergies, asthma or other respiratory problems."
 For added durability, Porter recommends metal blinds with an 8-gauge slat
 thickness.  "No 'permanently' wrinkled slats regardless how many times little
 ones peer through," says Porter.
 
     Custom can be affordable.
     According to both designers, window coverings don't have to be expensive
 and Levolor is the best example.  "With the wide selection of products and
 colors available on today's market, custom measured and made is truly the best
 value," says Porter.
     Freudenthal agrees.  "Levolor offers a great product at a great price.
 The sales, promotions and rebates offered throughout the year give customers
 an exceptional value.  And with the warranty that Levolor offers, customers
 have peace of mind that they are buying quality products, just as decorators,
 including myself, can feel confident selling them."
     Backed by the Good Housekeeping seal, Levolor products are sold nationwide
 at home centers, department stores, through decorators and at most major
 retailers of custom window covering products.
     For free instructions on measuring for Levolor custom shades and blinds,
 installation-troubleshooting advice and cleaning instructions visit
 www.levolor.com or call 1-800-LEVOLOR.
 
 SOURCE  Levolor Home Fashions