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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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Warm Up Your Space With out Turning Up The Heat This Fall

With fall weather comes warm, fuzzy sweaters cozy throw blankets on every chair, and the power to keep the heat turned off until you just can’t stand the chill. Staying comfortable in your home as the temperature dips can be an exercise in stamina but you can take steps to maximize comfort without touching the thermostat choosing the right window treatments can help make your home more comfortable and efficient.
The best insulating window coverings, the right window covering not only make your room look more comfortable, but they can also affect the temperature in your house. Since windows are major cause of heat loss here are the two best ways to dress your windows so you can stay warm and green at the same time this fall.
Cellular shades are made up of cells that resembles a honeycomb, these cells trap the air to insulate your home and keep it comfortable in every season. They vary in size and are available in single or double construction, cellular shades come in a wide variety of colors and fabric choices so you won’t sacrifice style for comfort.
Shutters will be my next option for the fall, they fit tightly in the windows frame and when the windows are closed they create a pocket of air that insulates your windows. Wood louvers allow you to control light and privacy, with a divider rail depending on the size of your windows.you can open and close the top and bottom louvers separately. Shutters are energy efficient and add a traditional elegance and value to any home before you touch the thermostat this fall, consider investing in energy efficient window treatments. It’s like a two for one deal. Not only will you save money on your heating and cooling bills but your home will get a brand new look.

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End of Summer Cellular

 Is summer really over? Because we just can’t tell with the temperatures we are having lately. Luckily we have just the shades you need to be able to help with odd temperature fluctuations; Cellular Shades!
These shades will help you in more ways than one. They can be light filtering, room darkening or even blackout. The cellular shades are known for their “cell-shaped” fabric which can hold air in between 2 layers of fabric, making it a great insulator for your windows. Room darkening shades also help in keeping the temperature neutral, keeping out sunlight and reducing glare which can be both harmful to carpets and furniture or a nuisance  while reading or watching television.
The honey comb shades help in protection against ultraviolet radiation as well as help retain the warmth in homes during winter. And they come in motorized and remote controlling features to lend comfort and convenience to you. However due to budget constraints not all people are able to afford expensive shades in motorized have the cord or cordless options to fit in your budget. And cordless make them great for families with kids, the top down bottom up features are a must maintaining privacy while still letting some light in the home. Adjusting to longer, lighten days is always a challenge. Find the perfect balance for your home with black out shades solutions in your home. If you want to balance the light with my favorite feature the black shade , the natural sunlight can be a refreshing start to your day, but sometimes you need those extra few minutes of sleep. Don’t let the bright light disturb you the black out shades you can enjoy the sunshine on your own time, it’s difficult to maintain a comfortable environment with uncontrolled light, especially with east or west facing windows.
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October is Window Safety Month

Kids. They’re amazing, but they somehow manage to get into an awful lot of mischief. So why not avoid some of that mischief all together by decorating your windows with Child Safe Window Treatments? Don’t know where to begin? Here are some great examples:

The easiest way to avoid any potential hazards with window treatments is to ensure that they have no cords. Fortunately, because child safety is so important that most companies make all products with  the option of cordless or corded now. Cordless products will range anywhere from a simple spring roller Roller Shade to an elegant cordless Roman Shade. The best part about cordless is that they now come with blinds too! Not just fabrics anymore; Faux Wood, Real Wood and even Aluminum blinds can come with a cordless mechanism. No cords, no worries!

Are you in love with a product that does not come with a cordless option? No problem! All corded blinds and shades now come with child safety mechanisms like cord ties or cord cleats to help hold the cords in place, which allows you to have peace of mind. These cord ties/cord cleats are mounted along the inside of the window sill or on the wall next to the window, allowing the cords to be wrapped/tied around them. You also have the option of the chain loop tie down which, again, is mounted to the sill and the chain loop is tied through the middle, making it impossible for wandering hands to grab ahold.

If you’re ever unsure about a product, you can look for the Best for Kids certification label on products as well! This label easily helps you to identify those blinds or shades that are best for homes with children.

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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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The Power of a Grey Kitchen

Neutral color palettes like white, tan and beige have long held their top spots as the most popular kitchen hues. However, the use of sleek, sophisticated grey color schemes is soaring. When it comes to a kitchen design, grey is making its mark as the new must have essential color. Grey is both modern and edgy while remaining timeless and classic. So, it comes to no surprise that grey is quickly becoming the contemporary neutral of our time. As a refreshing take on neutral, grey can be the perfect choice because of its wide range of warm and cool shades. It suits just about every room, every mood, and every setting. The versatile of grey makes it perfectly suited for kitchens. It provides a relaxing neutrality and an exciting warmth to your space, giving you the best of both worlds. Grey presents itself as a fitting backdrop to any style from classic to modern and even traditional. All furniture styles and all ranges of bright colors pair delightfully with this modern neutral. Unlike beige or tan, it contrasts well with wood tones, making it the ideal companion for wood floors. If you can’t decide which color to go with, combining both grey and white cabinets give you the best of both worlds. It’s also a great way to add interest to your kitchen while breaking things up. You can also reverse the colors by doing grey as the cabinets and white for the kitchen walls. The look of grey cabinets build anticipation for other aspects of the kitchen. You can not wait to see the countertop, the floor, the backsplash and so on. In a way grey allows other elements of the kitchen décor to stand out. Instead of boring, grey actually makes the kitchen more exciting.

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Get the Right Look!

Window treatments are a big thing to consider when designing a space. There are tons of options to choose from that have different purposes and functions. When selecting window treatments, you must consider several questions to make sure you get it right. Do you need to block the light, create privacy, or just look pretty? Do you need the same throughout the house, or can you switch them up? Today we are answering all those questions about how to choose the right window treatments for your home. First things first: do you need to choose the same window coverings throughout your home? The answer is no! Each space has different functions, and different needs when it comes to privacy, light, and aesthetic.

Choosing the right window treatments for your home or business can be tricky. With many options, styles, patterns and colors to choose from, it can be difficult to make the right decisions; especially if your buying for a lot of windows. The process can be a little more complicated when you’re in the market for window treatments for unusual or unique windows and window arrangements; particularly rooms with multiple small windows that are very close together. When mounting inside mount is a great solution for close together windows that have their own separate frames. It helps maintain a sleek, uniform appearance without potential for overlapping that can occur with outside mount. If you are thinking of mounting your window treatments inside the frames of your close together windows, you can’t go wrong with micro aluminum blinds, 1” faux wood blinds, cellular shades, sheer shades, or bamboo shades. For one large window single frame an extra large or over sized window treatment can create the illusion that the room has one giant and luxurious picture window. Having a single shade can also make it easy to control light and privacy in the room. I would recommend roman shades, roller shades, or vertical blinds.

The whole idea of decorating is to make your home more beautiful, inviting, and comfortable with minimal expense and maximum effect. The thing is, no one else must live in your home but you. You have nothing to prove. Imagine you are making this change for you and you only. Stop thinking or worrying about the outside influencers. Good luck!

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