I’ll admit it. I’m not the world’s most romantic guy. So one day, my wife told me about the five love languages. Dr. Gary Chapman, a pastor and author, identified the five different ways people express love: Gifts, Words of Affirmation, Quality Time, Acts of Service, and Physical Touch. I replied: “He forgot one: Window Treatments!”
If you’re rolling your eyes the same way she did, consider this: window coverings are an essential part of any home. They’re nice to look at, of course, but they also protect our belongings, ensure our privacy, and keep us comfortable. And no matter what kind of love you’re in, there’s a window covering that can help show how much you care.
1. For Your Spouse
Without going into too much detail, it’s safe to say that romantic couples often need a little privacy. Keep things cozy (and keep from scandalizing the neighbors) with a pair of heavy drapes. Better yet, install top-down/bottom-up shades: simply pull them up from the bottom to preserve your privacy, while still allowing a romantic view of the stars.
2. For Your Neighbors
Speaking of neighbors, you might not realize it but your choice of window coverings has an effect on their quality of life, too! Take a look at your home from the front lawn. Are the windows uniform or do your curtains clash from room to room? Match your window treatments so the outside of your home looks as good as the inside. Your neighbors will notice, and appreciate your effort.
3. For Your Children
If you’re a parent, you know firsthand the unconditional love we feel for our children. Keep your kiddos safe, happy and protected with the help of window coverings, especially when your children are young. It’s essential to invest in breakaway cords or cordless wooden blinds since long, loose strings can be a safety risk.
4. For Your Pets
Many of us have a permanent case of puppy love, and I’m not talking about ancient grade-school crushes. I’m talking about actual puppies, kittens and other household pets. Animal lovers can also express their love through window coverings, since breakaway cords are just as important for furry friends as they are for children.
5. For Yourself
You can’t love anyone until you love yourself, and after taking care of everyone else, you deserve a little TLC, too. Why not spring for a set of motorized shades? After all, the luxury of raising and lowering your blinds with the push of a button is an indulgence you’ve earned.
If your love language is “Gifts,” I hope I’ve given you some ideas for truly unique Valentine’s Day presents. If not, come visit to our showroom at 2817 N 23rd Street and see what catches your eye. Who knows – it could be love at first sight.
Fred Kumpel is the owner of Strickland’s Window Coverings and Carolina Closet Company. Fred has more than 30 years of experience in the industry. Strickland’s Window Coverings is a window treatment design center specializing in custom blinds, shades, shutters and fabric treatments for more than 70 years. Carolina Closet Company provides professionally designed and custom built organization solutions. Its complete line of home organization solutions includes unique solutions to organize closets, pantries, garages, basements, laundry rooms as well as Murphy Beds. To learn more about our company, visit www.stricklandswindowcoverings.com and www.closetsbythesea.com. Fred can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 910.762.0944.