Faux Shutter

These days when it comes to window treatments, shutters are a popular product that is on everyone’s mind. These louvered, twin hinged panels can be mounted on the outside or inside of a window. They cannot be raised and lowered like a traditional blind, but they can be tilted to let in light and allow visibility. Shutters are very pretty to look at, but they can be expensive on a consumer. Like any product, they have many pros and cons. Many people look at real wood or faux wood blinds as an alternative. Both products can come in 2 inch slats, and give the feel of shutters. Unlike shutters, these two products can be raised and lowered. Besides this bonus benefit, they are lighter on your pocket!
Real wood blinds are a great option for people wanting to match to their hardwood floors or cabinets and tables. They are a wood product, so they will insulate naturally to a degree. They look great by themselves with a valance or dressed up with curtains or sheers. Even if you have a very large window, you can operate these light-weight blinds with ease. The problem with these blinds will arise if you are trying to put them in a room that is damp. Ideally you want to keep real wood blinds out of kitchens and bathrooms, unless you have great air filteration. That is where faux wood blinds step in. They are great for any type of room. Because they are made of vinyl and polyester, that work well in bathrooms and kitchens. They are easy to clean and maintain. They will closely resemble wood colors, but the dye lots will be off. They are heavier than real wood blinds, so if doing a double window, to alleviate the weight, to separate blinds would be ideal.
Shutters will look great in your house and create a different feel, but they can be expensive. Also, if you would like to change the decor in your room, your not going to want to replace the shutters. If your looking for somethng a little more cost efficient and with additional features, consider the real and faux wood blinds. They can not only be tilted like shutters, but they can be raised and lowered to allow additional light to pass through. Real and faux wood blinds come in various slat sizes, but the most popular is 2 inch. These 2 inch blinds will give you the shutter feel, but with the mini blind price!

Toes in the Sand!!

Simply imagine yourself on your own fantasy island; or if you’re lucky enough, look out your window to see emerald green water, the bubbling white of the waves crashing to the tan sandy beach and look up to the crisp blue sky. Now hold that vision and recreate that feeling into the décor of the room of your dreams.  The room of your dreams could be your bedroom or another part of the house you can put all your cares behind you.  To give those relax feelings you would want to imitate the color hues from the water, sky and sand. Use colors like soft blues, light greens, coral, and sand tones. The right color choice can really bring out any tropical décor. Be creative with bringing in natural artifacts. For example: sand, sea shells, rocks, coral and rope. This artifacts can be used as table décor or enhancing the border around an oversized mirror. Just adding a touch of accessories can make a plain- Jane room into a fancy –Nancy. The awesome thing about decorating is not over doing it but having just enough to bring you to that peace of mind.  From a decorating point of view the best window treatment for creating a beach vacation house would be woven wood shades. Woven woods are also known as bamboo shades even though they are made out of a wide variety of materials including grasses, bamboo, ropes, wood planks and more. They offer a casual natural look which will compliment any beach themed décor. Just adding a few of these things can be a start to a vacation right at your finger tips without packing a bag!!!

Be Bold!

A beach themed bedroom can provide a mini vacation during drab seasons of the year. Paint the walls in relaxing colors found at the beach and accessorize with souvenirs from beach vacations. The beach theme sets a relaxing tone perfect for a bedroom. Shells are an attractive and inexpensive way to accessorize. Contain a collection of small shells in a glass bowl. Arrange large shells on night stands and shelves. Fill a shadow box with favorite shells and hang on the wall. Use bedding that incorporates a shell design. Beach colors include shades of tan, white, blue, green and brown. Go with a crisp blue and white palette, or use a combination of several beach colors on the wall. Use wall paper or border emphasizing light, airy colors such as white, tan, light blue or green. Or, use dark colors to give the room the feel of a light house or boat house. Decorate with items found along the beach. Use framed posters and prints of hot dog stands and changing booths. Add sailboats, life preservers and palm trees. Use light colored woods and wicker for picture frames and accents. Decorate your windows in style with light colored room darkening cellular shades with top down bottom up feature that will give you that warm and cool feeling but still giving you privacy. Most importantly go heavy on the beach theme with bedding printed with shells, waves or palm trees. Or apply a light touch by using solid colored sheets and blankets in beach colors. Consider adding decorative pillows with beach themes. Having your bedroom “beached out” adds a sense of love for nature and also clean, breezy with a coastal style.

Ocean View

As a quiet place for introspection, a porch can carry people away to another time and place. Coastal blues and greens from cozy pillows to a graphic rug create a lively color scheme for this porch.  Although the water view is in front of you as you relax on the porch, don’t neglect the wall behind you. Perk it up with a fresh coat of paint the same hue as the rest of the house or shade that contrast with it and matches with sun weaves shades. Sun weaves will be perfect option that allows you to still enjoy your view all while protecting you and your family from the sun’s harmful UV rays. Two oversize hanging swings offer a scenic spot for an afternoon nap. Give your beach porch a jolt of color and spice with tropical décor. Keep wooden surfaces a rustic, beach- weathered gray and add brightly painted buckets of flowers for visual pop. String party lights or Chinese paper lanterns above for contrasting colors and patterns. Objects in your landscaping can affect the overall theme more than almost anything else. Garden bed borders filled with small or crushed seashells and a path made of rounded, small stones hint at the coastal concept. Using large features could include a small, old, wooden boat used as a planting bed, a water feature, or a white or weathered picket fence. Plants are the most important in a beach theme porch. Adding any kind of palm like plant increases the illusion.