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Bringing Patterns Back

2017 has brought back an old trend, but it comes with a very new look. Twenty to thirty years ago, patterns were everywhere. Not only on your walls, your curtains, your bedding, even your carpet had bold, vibrant patterns. Many of which were different floral prints, some paisleys, even plaids were popular, but each had one thing in common, a lot of color. As the trends began to pull décor away from patterns, wallpaper became a thing of the past, and “clean lines” with a modern feel became all of the rage in decorating.

Well, here we are in 2017, and once again an old style is coming full circle. We begin to see hints of pattern appearing over the last few years, this years trend appears to have pattern back in full force. There are some differences of course from what some may call your “grandmother’s” style. The major difference, is the patterns, while bold, tend to have fewer colors. You may have a white background with a bold chevron print in a single color, or a blue background with a green paisley, or even a navy background with a white nautical print. Also, it is more common to stay away from mixing the patterns, sticking to either a patterned area rug, or a patterned chair, but perhaps not both in the same room.

The great thing about this style is it is easy to make a big impact on the design of the room, with one or two accent pieces. Window coverings are often a great way to make a statement being that they are illuminated during the day when the sunlight shines through, and your eye is drawn to them. If you are going for a simple look, shades are now available in bold patterns. Both roman shades and roller shades now come in a wide variety of patterns, and range from the neutral tones – the beiges and the grays, to the bolder – royal blues, oranges, and fuchsia. The simplicity of a roller shade allows you to bring in a pop of color without being too decorative, and on the other hand, a roman shade would provide a statement piece for the windows, really drawing attention.

If you are a little hesitant to jump right into hard window treatments, pairing your neutral blinds or shades with a bold curtain or drape can allow you a little more flexibility to change colors. With curtains, there is a huge variety, ranging again in patterns, lengths, and designs that you can find to fit any room or window. At the end of the day, just remember, 2017 is a new year and a good opportunity to add some patterns into your rooms to see what fits your style the best.

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Aluminum Blinds: Underrated?

By: Karen

I recently moved into a new house, with a lot of windows. I think there were somewhere around 30 windows throughout the whole house. And, of course, when I moved in there was absolutely nothing in the windows, the previous owners decided not to leave anything behind. Which, I suppose was fine, because I really did not like the look of the printed pleated shades they had in the windows. But it did mean that I was going to have to do some fast shopping unless I wanted the neighbors to know everything I was doing inside the house.

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