When you decide to finish your basement, there are a lot of things you take into consideration. For starters, we have wall colors, flooring, lighting, and not to forget the overall dÃ©cor. Generally, window treatments may be the last thing on your mind, until you stop and realize you have these tiny windows you need to somehow cover up.
The typical basement window is the same width as your regular window, but significantly shorter. This not only results in a minimal amount of light being let in, but generally the issue that anyone outside can peek â€œdownâ€Â into your space quiteÂ easily. Therefore, you are left looking for a covering that will provide some privacy, but not block out a lot of light.
The â€œgo toâ€ treatment in basements is most typically a cellular or pleated shade when looking from a functional perspective. The main reason being that they have a small mounting headrail. The head rail for these shades can be mounted on pretty much any window, and close tight and compact with minimal stacking if you want to have theÂ shade open. The other benefit to cellular or pleated shades is that they are available in light filtering materials and fabrics â€“ which will give you privacy, but still let the light stream through. They come in a wide variety of colors and textures which will allow you to add a pop of color or design to the dÃ©cor in the room. If anyone may be sleeping in the room, they are also available in a black out option as well.
From a decorative perspective, you can add drapes or curtains to make the windows appear a little larger than they are. Adding a curtain panel to each side of the window that falls below the sill, or even to the floor will give the window an illusion of being more open. It will give an impression that both the window and the wall are larger than they are, while giving you the chance to dress the room up a little more.
They key to basement decorating is always to remember that less is more. The space is generally small, the ceilings low, and the windows short. The simpler you decorate, the bigger the statement the room can make. And being that it is usually a more casual space, that works out perfectly!Continue Reading
From countertops to cabinets, designing a kitchen involves coordinating multiple surfaces, colors and textures. Finding the perfect combination that looks great together (and fits your vision) can be tough. Throw in window treatments that are functional and attractive, and all the decisions can seem downright overwhelming! So to help you out, weâ€™ve rounded up a few of our favorite kitchen window dÃ©cor ideas.
NATURAL WOOD TONES
Woven Wood shades are an excellent choice for kitchens. They are easy to operate, can act as light filtering or blackout treatments depending on the material and lining, and come inÂ numerous styles and colors. Our best suggestion is to choose a material/style with colors that pick up on the warmth of the natural wood tones elsewhere in your kitchen. For example, Woven Wood shades in a coordinating toneÂ are a logical choice to add interest to a kitchen complete with white subway tile and Forrest Green cabinetry.
You can also coordinate Woven Wood Shades with the finish of your hardwood floors. Say you have white and cool gray on your kitchen cabinets; if you match or coordinate the woven window shades to the color(s) of wood on your floor, you can visually link the walls with the rich color of the floors, keeping the space cozy and intimate.
WHITE ON WHITE KITCHENS
If you have a statement piece in your kitchen,Â such asÂ a patterned floor, you can allow your window treatments to remain subtle and understated to let the rest of the room shine. You can choose something like a simple, solid white Roller Shade to block glare, and the textured cabinets and colorful floor take center stage in a bright kitchen. Or you can use a soft cellular shade to help insulate and keep the window looking soft. Whenever you use a monochromatic white palette with pops of color, itÂ always results in a sleek design.Continue Reading
Winter is officially here. Keeping the cold out of your house is literallyÂ a topic of conversation in your house once a week. The yearly debate of whether to cover the windows with the insulating plastic, buy some lined curtains, or invest in new windows coverings is nowÂ back on the table. The good thing is, new cellular shades have given a new look to a style that has been around for awhile.
Let me back up a step and explain cellular shades in case you aren’t familiar with them. These shades are constructed out of two layers of polyester fabric, that are pleated, and fused together on the pleats â€“ creating the look of a honeycomb if you were to look at the shade from a side perspective. The concept behind the construction is that they are creating an air pocket, that will keep the heat you are paying for in, and the cool you donâ€™t want – out. The added bonus is that they will have the reverse effect in the summer months when you want to keep your air conditioning inside. They can operate traditionally, with a cord to raise them up and down, a continuous cord loop, or you can order them cordless. More recently, the option has been added to order them motorized, so you can operate them from your bed with a simple remote control. Â Another useful feature is that you can have them open from either the top or the bottom if you have pesky neighbors you don’t want seeing in your windows! This meaning you can have the shade closed completely and just let a little light in from the top of the shade by lowering the secondary headrail as much as you would like to allow natural light to come in while still maintaining your privacy.
The traditional style of cellular shades pair well with the modern look of them. They give you a clean look and are a stand alone treatment. Now, as I mentioned above, they have recently come out in a variety of different colors with patterns that can give your windows a pop! They are available in a few different textures that give them some dimension, a couple different patterns that soften up the look of the fabric (that some say is very plain on its own), and the newest style lends itself to a natural look with the texture reminiscent of a woven wood shade. And of course, they are all available in the neutral tones, but do come in more bright and bold colors in case you want to make a little more of a statement.Continue Reading
After the winter comes to an end, it’s time to freshen up.Â Â A lot of the preparations for winter are to make your room feel warmer, close off the windows, and keep the heat in.Â In the process, you generally block off a lot of the light and make the room feel more like a cave.Â Once the sun finally starts to shine, it’s time to open the windows and enjoy the light!
Although it’s an investment, sometimes rather than turning to curtains from just a decor perspective, you can purchase new blinds that not only give you a new look, but give you function as well.Â The most popular option is our cellular shades, customized with a top down bottom up option.Â The good part of the shades is that they are designed for insulation.Â Not only will the help once the hot days of summer rolls around and you turn on the air conditioning, but next winter they will help to keep the heat in as well.Â Cellular shades are two or three layers of fabric, put together in the shape of a honeycomb, creating an air pocket, and a barrier for the heat and cold in the room. They can be customized further to have cords, come without cords (aesthetically pleasing and child safe), and can have a feature where they lower from the top, as well as raise from the bottom (in case you are close to the street or have nosy neighbors). They also come in a variety of colors – if you are daring you can go with a more bold color – or can play it safe with a neutral (because, again they are more of an investment, you don’t want to get tired of them!).
The best part is, with privacy, and insulation, they still let natural light filter in, so it leaves the room feel open and airy!Continue Reading
By: Tiffany P.
As a store that specializes in both blinds and shades, we like to ourselves on the back because we are the least expensive option for custom window treatments. The reason why we do this is simple, yes as a business profit is important, but here the customer, and the relationship with each individual one, surpasses it all. With BTG, or Blinds To Go, you are our #1 priority, and here are a few ways we are making our products superior, to better serve you.Continue Reading
By: Gloria H.
When it comes to cellular shades one question that I get a lot from new and returning customers is how do you keep them clean?Â Lots of times you may feel as if they are really hard to keep clean.Â So I’m going to go over some helpful tips to keep your cellular shades looking brand new for years to come.ÂContinue Reading