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Who Needs Blackout Shades?

A nourishing deep sleep is mandatory to keep our bodies healthy and our minds clear. All of us need restful sleep as our bodies automatically reset every 24 hours; triggered by our exposure to light and dark. When our bodies get out of sync with our environmental clock – they go haywire. We are meant to follow the boost of our sleep hormone, which increases as darkness falls and signals our body to power down to rest. Unfortunately, our exposure to light is being driven away by many reasons; technology or nature.

It doesn’t matter what age group you belong to, a perfect sleep has its own advantages. Not to mention it also helps you to stay active and promotes the effective function of your brain. It has been proven that creating a darker and calmer ambiance in your bedroom helps you in achieving the proper amount of sleep. Window treatments help you to achieve this ambiance. It might seem like an ineffective approach but it can make a difference in a room and improve cutting out the light.

There are a number of options for shades which can help to cut down on the light, but our favorite by far is the Day and Night Cellular Shade. This particular type of cellular shade can be excellent for the bedroom as they offer both blackout properties and light filtering all in one. This allows you to choose whichever you need at the right time of the day. Cellular shades have bonus features as well which help provide insulation. During the night, the cellular shades act as a blackout shade blocking out all the light entering your room. These are on of the best blackout shades for the bedroom. During the daytime, they act as light filtering shades letting in the natural sunlight into your home. You can even use the blackout shade during the day if you need more darkness and isolation from the sun. Cellular shades make you feel comfortable by blocking out the external warmth or cold during the extreme climatic conditions. If you have a skylight in your bedroom; cellular shades are also an excellent option. During the day, these windows let in dangerous ultraviolet rays inside your home and can cause harm to you, your family and even dull your furniture!

The mystery of how to keep the most light out is now solved. By having these advantages mentioned, keeping the light out during much needed times of the day, you will have the opportunity to see the good advantages it brings. The effects that it will have on your health and your everyday life experiences will be a plus too!

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Harmony Shades

Roman shades are a classically popular window treatment with everlasting style. Their versatility and durability make them the perfect shade for high traffic rooms like the living room and offices. They have the ability to soften a room with a comfortable vibe and add a pop of color to an otherwise neutral space.

They are said to have originated in Rome

Their original purpose was to shade pampered spectators in public amphitheaters or stadiums, the most famous being the Colosseum in Rome. Well-to-do audience members did not want to endure the hot Mediterranean sun and so they sat underneath large, elaborate cloth awnings that protected them from the sun’s rays. The system of ropes and pulleys that was used to remove and replace the awnings for events was essential for the development of today’s Roman shades.

Roman shades are difficult to make

Each shade is very complicated to make and takes a lot of human labor to ensure its perfection. Because of the time put into each individual shade, they do tend to be a bit more costly. Any mistakes that are made while creating the shade are very difficult to remedy, with a lot of imperfect shades having to be recreated entirely.

Some Roman shades require training

Like parting your hair a different way or house breaking a new puppy, some Roman shades need a little training when they are new and young. If your new shades are made of a thick fabric, you may have to train them to fold in the correct place. After a few times of being guided into the correct placement, the fabric of your shade will start to hold a “memory” of where it should fold.

They are perfect for inside and outside mounts

Roman shades look beautiful mounted within your window frame and also outside your window frame. If you have nice trim around your windows you should show it off by mounting the shade inside the frame. They will look perfectly built-in and allow the finer details of your home to really shine. If you have unsightly trim or simply want to make your windows appear larger, these shades can be easily mounted on the wall around your window and you can let your pretty shades take center stage.

They come in a variety of features

Roman shades are very versatile and can fit into any aesthetic. Because they are made of fabric, there are a lot of color and texture options available, as well as options for top down/bottom up, blackout, cordless and pleated.

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How to Mix and Match Window Treatments

Whether you’re looking for the functionality of added privacy and light control, or you just want to layer in some patterns or pops of color, it’s great to mix and match your window treatments.

LAYERING LIGHT

One of our favorite window treatment combinations is layering a blackout shade with a light filtering shade or Drapery panel. Not only does this create a beautiful finished look, but it also allows you to carefully control light and privacy, depending on the time of day or your personal preference. This is a great option for bedrooms and other commonly used living spaces.

PLAYING WITH PATTERN

Want to bring some excitement to your windows, but scared of going too bold? Pair a patterned shade with a more subdued solid, and you’ll achieve the perfect balance!

TWO TEXTURES

If a more neutral look is your go-to, try mixing your textures instead. We carry stunning Woven Wood shades, natural bamboo, and grass materials. These shades are beautiful and versatile – they look lovely paired with Roller Shades, Solar Shades, or Drapery! Woven Woods are the perfect way to bring in some dimension, while still keeping your window scheme calm and neutral. This allows you to go bold with the rest of the space, too!

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Ready for Shades

Window shades are the “central air” of decorating. It’s a luxury that you don’t always need, but when you have some, that really WORK, you feel so lucky and fancy. I love curtains/drapes but they don’t work in every style of window or home (or maybe the furniture doesn’t allow them). Custom shades cost a ton – hell, custom anything costs a ton. So I have rounded up all the readymade shades that hopefully will work on your (crossing fingers) standard windows.

Let me quickly explain what a shade does that is different than a curtain/drape. A curtain/drape hangs vertically and opens/closes horizontally. Curtains add more drama and texture plus a luxe or bohemian vibe. Shades feel simpler, modern, and take up less visual space in the room. I love both equally – it totally depends on the space. Historically shades have cost more than drapes but there are a lot of readymade, less expensive shades out there now giving drapes a run for their/your money.

There are three major different types of shades if you are looking for a drapery alternative:

  1. The simple Roller Shade:

Roller shades are the most modern, simple and least visible of the shade varieties. They are like good spanx – they should disappear and show off the goods. Their function is to block light and provide privacy but not look decorative or even be noticed. I have these in my living room and I love how much they disappear because that room has huge modern windows and I didn’t want the distraction of shades or drapes.

  1. The Woven Shade:

The great thing about woven shades, of natural material like wood or bamboo is that they add a lot of warmth to a room, while still adding privacy and shielding light. They go a little more boho or traditional (funny how they bridge both styles) but are less expensive than fabric typically.

Lastly …

  1. The Famous Roman Shade:

Now there are a million different styles of roman shades, but my favorite are the simple flat panels that don’t do anything too romantic or frilly, just add a lovely line of fabric when up and textured fabric shade when down. I like both inside mount (because they are cleaner) and outside mount (because they allow more light).

I buy them a lot and when done right they can’t go wrong.

A few things to think about: if you use them a lot, pulling them up and down twice a day then I fear that some of these cheaper readymade shades aren’t going to be sturdy enough. Roman shades can be heavy and people aren’t gentle with them, so unfortunately something custom or a more high quality can be required in high use areas. I haven’t used every single of one these before, but it’s like shoes – if you are going to give them a lot of wear and tear, then think about something more high quality that will last a lot longer. But there are many windows in our life that take the gentle up and down once a day, and for those you can get away with a less expensive version.

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Decorating with the Five Senses: Smell

The sense of smell is known to be one of the most sensitive. Scents and smells can bring about nostalgia, cravings, and even emotions. Keeping this in mind, surround the room with aromas that indulge a pleasant ambiance.

Fragrance can increase concentration and productivity. A fresh bunch of flowers can cast a light floral scent into the room, causing reminisces of joyful times. Lavender is relaxing, citrus is energizing, eucalyptus is purifying, etc., Essential oils are also a great way to capture scents. Placing a few drops in a diffuser is a natural way to release fragrances into a room. Try to stay away from scented candles; they may be easy to come by, but they can release fumes that can have a negative impact on indoor air quality.

Good smells or bad odors, the power of scent has a huge impact on triggering emotions and memories. Create environments and connections will the smells you choose in each room. Remember, to most people, it isn’t a fragrance – it’s a memory.

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Selecting New Window Coverings

Summer has come to an end and I am enjoying my morning coffee next to my big window. I can see my neighbor in his yard. This past summer I wasn’t able to see him, but as the trees kept losing their leaves, I have a perfect view of his house. He waves at me and I wave back at him with a slight discomfort. I wasn’t aware that he had such a good view of the inside my house! As I look at the falling leaves on this frosty autumn morning, I realize that it is time for me to cover my windows as well as redecorate my room in beautiful, warm fall colors. I would really like to have some new shutters to accentuate the classical style of my home and it would most likely make my neighbor jealous!

However, shutters must be pretty hard to find, complicated to install and pretty pricey. Well, not at all! With the wonderful help of the advisor at Blinds To Go and the qualified skills that their installer possesses, they took care of everything! Fall is finally here, my windows are decorated to my liking, I close the shutters halfway through so I cannot see my neighbor anymore. I get myself cozy on the couch with a warm cup of coffee and I enjoy my new shutters.

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Back To School

Summer has ended and school is in full swing again. We’ve come up with some ideas that you can use to decorate dorm rooms, or any student’s room, to make them feel more at home, comfortable, and to make their space more inductive to learning.
1.  Add potted plants around to make the room less sterile and to add some life into the room.  It also help students to relax from schoolwork by seeing green and to be in touch with nature.
2. You can add floor cushions to add extra seating and color without making any major modifications in the room.
3. There are places where you can buy removable wallpaper sheets, you can use it to have an accent wall which help create character in your “new” room.
4. You can also add blinds that are functional, without breaking the bank. If you are the type of student who stays up late finishing reports or projects, you can have the Blackout shades so you can sleep in a little bit more the next day.  Just make sure that you always have your alarm on, we don’t want you missing out on your classes. Other types are the Horizontal blinds that are only room darkening so it only darkens enough and you will still see a glimpse of light when the sun is up. You can also turn the slats on any angle depends on how much light you will need to wake yourself up.
5. We all know that dorm rooms are also not too spacious so if you want to make the room feel a little bigger, the smartest thing you can of course do is to decorate the room with multifunctional furnitures. Storage ottomans and futons are just a few examples.
And finally, to give a cozy feel to the room, you can also add rugs, and of course your favorite photos; and don’t  forget your favorite blanket to snuggle up with on those cool Autumn nights!

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Cottage Window Coverings

Fair weather season is just around the corner and many are busy preparing their cottage for sunny times ahead. Even if your neighbors abode is located a fair distance from your own, your still need to cover your windows to protect your furniture from excessive sunlight. Depending on your decor, there are a number of products that are available to suit your needs. Our article will concentrate on three specific styles of interior decor.

4 Styles for a Naturally Inspired Look

Woven wood, a natural product, can be a perfect match for the wooden walls of your cottage. If your windows face a wooded area or a lake, unlined bamboo blinds are the answer as they enable you to look out and enjoy the scenery; should you need a greater level of privacy or room-darkening properties, you can always add a lining at the back. As your cottage is only used during certain times of the year, you need blinds that do not attract great quantities of dust a flat woven wood style is easy to clean, just wipe with a cloth.

Wood or Faux Wood horizontal blinds are available in a wide range of natural colors that can be found in a cottage. These provide better light filtering properties and a greater level of privacy.

To confer a more prestigious look on your cottage, shutters are a great choice as they offer nearly the same options as Wood or Faux Wood horizontal blinds. You may open the slats only or the entire unit to let the sunshine in.

Finally, a roller shade from our Naturally Inspired Collection will fit perfectly among the natural decor of your cottage. Our new styles offer the appearance of woven wood while resisting warping in areas of high humidity. Easy to clean and lightweight, they are the ideal decorative solution for large windows.

4 Contemporary Styles for the More Modern Cottage

Cascade Sheers offer excellent light filtering properties combined with a privacy option. Made with a dust-resistant straight fabric, the window coverings are practical has they will only need a periodic cleaning. Furthermore, they are UV resistant to protect the natural furnishings in your cottage.

Aluminum Venetian Blinds come with the same options as the Cascade line, but a lower price. Aluminum shades resist discoloration and their slats do not warp under hot sunlight.

Cellular Shades give a modern touch to your cottage. Whether you choose a sheer, privacy or black out style, they all provide some of the best insulation properties. If your cottage has old windows or windows facing south, Cellular shades are the ideal option to help you save energy; also, cellular shades may be lowered to uncover the top of your window or combined to create a light filtering shade at the top and a darker shade the bottom to provide more light.

Last but not least, a solid shade or a solar shade may be a good option. While a solid shade will provide a greater level of privacy, a solar shade will let you admire the lake or scenery while filtering out harmful UV rays. Often made of wood, the interior of your cottage will be better protected against discoloration and remain cool.

3 Great Styles for the Classical Cottage

Harmony Roman Shades come in wide range of patterns and are lined to provide greater privacy or room-darkening properties. If you want to enjoy the view outside your cottage while maintaining a level of privacy, a top down model may be just what you need.  

Sheers which include panels made of material are better adapted to large windows, as they are lighter. Allure and Serenity window coverings include a sheer material between their panels; just like a curtain, they enable you to see outside.  

Whatever the decor in your cottage, there is a window covering to suit your needs and your budget. You are bound to be pleased with the result. Of course, our in-store qualified staff is ready to assist you!

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Plantation Shutters VS Blinds: Which Should You Choose?

Choosing a window treatment for your home involves weighing out many different factor. Two main factors include practical ones and also design preferences. Should you go with plantation shutters or blinds for your windows? While both window treatment options provide you with privacy and control over how much natural light you’re getting, there are notable differences between the two that you should take into consideration. Keep the following in mind when you’re deciding between plantation shutters or blinds for your home.

Plantation shutters can enhance the appearance of any room in your home while also providing you with improved energy efficiency and plenty of natural light. You’ll find that there are several styles and louver sizes to choose from, as well as different materials. How do you know which shutters to select for your home? Keep the following factors in mind, so you can narrow down your options and find the ideal shutters to suit your windows.

Your windows allow you to look at the world around you. They let the sunshine in so you can bask in the natural light the sun provides. For all the good they do, they also have a few drawbacks when it comes to your heating and cooling costs. Even though most windows today offer some degree of thermal protection, they can’t protect you from everything. Plantation shutters can take over where your windows leave off.

Plantation shutters are an investment in both the decor of your home as well as its security. Unlike curtains, plantation shutters serve several other purposes and can be easily adjusted to control both light and visibility. By choosing this type of shutter, you are actually adding an additional level of security to your home, all the while increasing your home’s curb appeal and resale value.

Buying a home means a lot of choices when it comes to decor and functionality. You want your home to look stylish, but you also want comfort and versatility. Your first few months in your new home will help you decide how to proceed when it comes to upgrading your windows and shutters.

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Decorating with the Five Senses: Sight

Of course the first sense used when walking into a room is sight. People can come alive with the right visual cues; arrangement, light, and colors are the majors elements that draw the eyes.

The art placed in home can affect emotions while looking at it. Hang a cohesive unit of artwork closer together, or use one large dramatic piece. Remember, the center should be at eye level. To draw a certain type of emotion into a room, choose the art that releases what is desired. Hang family photos in chronological order to create an awareness of time. This can help memory and tells the story of life and family. Plus, it’s fun to showcase certain moments that are cherished for everyone to see!

Using different colors in a room impacts mood; blue for calmness, red for excitement, orange for enthusiasm, the list goes on. When weighing options for a paint color, really think about how a whole room of that color feels to be in; if it’s too intense, maybe settle for a focus/accent wall or items. Patterned wall papers can be just as effective too. Playing with them can help you developed a color scheme to invigorate certain empathy.

The right dimness and brightness can impact how everything is seen. Embrace an interesting light fixture that may play with the eye or a smaller simple to create sublty. Be sure to get the right dimness/brightness for the space. Remember, the tone of the lights can also affect the colors scheme. Cool tones will help elaborate a clean and fresh look. Warmer tones cast a homey or romantic feeling.

The bottom line, visual cues transform a person’s mood. Utilizing these techniques can lead to embracing a new outlook everyday. After all, what you see is what you get!

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