Best for Her and Best for Them
Master Bedroom with Interior Shutters
“Never make them sleep in a dark room, because then they will only be able to sleep in a dark room. You don’t want that.”
This was some baby advice that I received from a customer about window coverings long before a child was ever to enter my world, but it stuck with me forever. So 15 years later when it was time to decide on window coverings for our daughter’s nursery, we were sure to choose a light-filtering option. The theory was to let the light in, because we want her sleeping when she is ready and needs to, not just when she is in a dark room. And, it worked.
Nursery with Interior Shutters
What became so important between the time I received that free advice to when a newborn actually entered our home was baby-proofing the room. And to certainly not add something that would create a hazard for a growing child or a small pet.
Being a window-covering industry professional, I knew there were many choices for eliminating cords that could become a choking hazard for children and small pets:
First, remote-controlled shades remove the need for cords and puts the remote in your hand. Some brands, like Hunter Douglas, can even be operated using your iOS devices. Your choices in remote-controlled blinds include models such as Silhouette, Nantucket by Silhouette, Luminette, Duette, Applause, and Vignette, as well as wood blinds (tilt operation only), faux wood blinds (tilt operation only), roller window shades
, and honeycomb shades
Cordless options include honeycomb shades (such as the Applause line), wood blinds (lift only), and faux wood blinds (lift only).
Family Room with Interior Shutters and Acacia flooring
Interior shutters are another option. They are an often overlooked cord-free product and are fantastic for child and pet safety. There are no cords on the shutters, and they even come in faux wood and wood-composite materials to make them easy to care for.
So, what did our daughter end up with? In her first nursery, a pure white cordless honeycomb shade, and in her current room where our 4 year old has been since she was 18 months, plantation shutters.
2014 Aurora and Hunky in front of Remote Controlled Hunter Douglas Silhouette, waiting for them to be opened for the day.
A few months ago we visited a local animal shelter. We went to get one puppy and brought home two of the sweetest kittens, a shy girl and a rambunctious little boy. We kept their shelter names, Aurora and Hunky. Hunky is all over the place and loves running from the bottom to the top of his seven-foot kitty condo near our remote-controlled shades. We are so happy that the same decision that we made to prevent hazards at the window for our daughter will also keep our new little family members safe.
2011 Our Daughter in front of Remote Controlled Silhouettes on the morning of her 2nd birthday.