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Summertime Window Solutions

By Gina G.

Summer is here with its longer days and brighter sunshine.  Although enjoyable, these seasonal weather changes can bring spikes in cooling costs.  If you have windows to cover this summer, here’s the top choices that will help against the rise in temperatures:

Cellular Shades – As their structure is designed to insulate windows, cellular shades are the primary choice for many seeking to keep the summer heat at bay.  Cellular, or honeycomb, shades come in a variety of colors and are offered with control options too (cordless, top down/bottom up, motorized).  And, depending on the levels of sun and heat the space experiences, you can opt for either a light filtering or black out cellular shade.  Light filtering would suffice for low to medium sun exposure or areas where natural light is beneficial.  Blackout cellular shades are great options where the sun and its effects are intolerable.

Blackout Curtains – Blackout curtains are great summer window treatments because they are functional but not permanent.  As they have a black out liner on them, blackout curtains will do wonders to keeping the heat from entering a space.  But also keep in mind that they will also darken the space significantly.  The best thing about blackout curtains, however, is that they are panels and therefore not fixed like a blind or shade.  When the space is hot and you want to keep it cool, draw the curtains.  Other times when insulation is not so important, keep the panels open.  And, blackout curtains are offered in such a wide variety of styles and prints, you don’t have to sacrifice décor to achieve your insulation needs.

Bamboo Shades – Bamboo shades combine both function and design for the summertime.  Functionally, bamboo shades are natural insulators since they are usually comprised of wood.  In addition, due to their sheerness in absence of a liner, most people opt to put a liner on their bamboo shades.  This liner, whether light filtering/privacy liner or a black out liner, will perform similar to that of the blackout curtains.  It should dramatically reduce the amount of sunlight (and its effects) to a space.  Design-wise, bamboo shades with their composition of woods, chutes and grasses are certainly trending as a great way to bring the natural environment into the home.

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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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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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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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Basement Window Treatments

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 décor. 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 “down” into your space quite easily. Therefore, you are left looking for a covering that will provide some privacy, but not block out a lot of light.

The “go to” 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 the shade open. The other benefit to cellular or pleated shades is that they are available in light filtering materials and fabrics – 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 décor 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!

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How to Sleep Better at Night: Cellular Shade Edition

The basis of good health starts with good food, exercise and restful sleep. While a blind or shade can’t cook you dinner or work out with you, it may be able to help you get a good night’s sleep. Whether it’s the early morning sun or outside artificial lighting, light can interfere with our sleep and effect our wellbeing. Cellular shades are a great help in this matter; so here are some options to help keep your bedroom dark.
Your first option would be a light filtering cellular shade. These shades are your typical cellular shade you find most places; light, airy and filters the light from the outside… (hence, light filtering!) These shades will block minimal light and help to defuse bright lights such as street lights or billboard signs. Sometimes with these shades, if you chose a darker color (no neutrals) then it will transform into more of a room darkening shade instead; giving you much more light blocking ability.
If you want or need even more light blocked best option would be blackout cellular shades. These shades are made with a light blocking material inside of the “honeycomb” part of the cellular shade which does not allow any light to pass through. On most windows, the only light that will show through will be the light gaps along the outside of edges of the shade/window. A fun tip though: to eliminate even that light, you can put drapery panels on either side of the window and then establish complete darkness! Now you won’t know if it is day or night!
Cellular shades also come in a variety of colors and options such as cordless or  top-down/bottom-up which will allow you to operate the shade 2 separate ways. Of course there are many other options for black out shades available, but cellular shades are usually a less expensive option as well as an energy efficient option; how can you beat that?!
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COOLER NIGHTS

Cooler Nights

Unfortunately, at this point in the year, most of us have had to turn on the heat. It’s always a reminder of the window that is a little too drafty, or the door that isn’t sealed as well as it should be – and makes us start considering the cold months that lie ahead of us. With the holidays ahead, it is also a time we do not want to start too many new projects. The good thing is, covering your windows is a fairly simple process that can solve a lot of your heat issues fairly quickly.

The best option for keeping the cool air out of your house is a hard window treatment – something that lies closest to your window opening. Rollers and roman shades will provide a barrier to the outdoors, but ultimately cellular shades are the go to product if you are looking to insulate the windows.

The greatest thing about the cellular shades are all of the options. They are available from the most basic, white fabric, that raise up and down with a string, to the most complex shades that you can operate from your couch with a touch of a remote control. But, let me back up in case you are not familiar with them. Cellular shades are a polyester shade, comprised of two layers of material that create an air pocket – therefore keeping out the cold air in the winter – and have the reverse effect of keeping in the air conditioning in the summer.

The shades are available in a wide variety of colors, and patterns. They can be made sheer – to still give the feeling of an open room, light filtering – private but let light into the room, or darkening – for those of you that enjoy sleeping in on the weekends or an occasional afternoon nap. They can be made as simple as pulling a string to raise them, or without cords that can just be pushed up or down. They also have a feature where they can both raise from the bottom and lower from the top – if you need some privacy in a nosy neighborhood. And the newest feature, is that they can be motorized – and operate from a remote control. The great part about all of these options is that you are open to matching the décor of any room in your home, and to fit the project into any budget as well.

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It’s Beginning To Feel Alot like Winter

It’s Beginning To Feel Alot like Winter

It’s beginning to feel alot like winter, the days are shorter and the nights are longer.  With those longer nights come the cold weather.  Last year we were faced with record shattering temperatures.  As a result many found an increse in their monthly utility bill.  Keeping that in mind many homeowners saved on energy by getting their home insulated against the outside elements, but honestly thats just not enough.  Lots of heat and energy loss is not being provented if you do not have an insulator on your window.

Cellular shades provide valuable insulation with their unique honeycomb design, and are ideal for cutting cost on your energy bill.  They are available in a wide range of colors from a neutral bar harbor beige which is close to the color of sand to warm sienna which looks like a sunset. Also they are all white on the back which will give a uniform look on the outside if you are going with different colors in different rooms. No matter your style with our large selection we can help you find the right color to go in any room in your home.

If you have little ones in your home you may love the fact that cellulars are available in a cordless option.  This eliminates hazards from cords hanging down from the shade. Our cordless shades are certified best for kids so you can buy with confidence.

Further more if you are busy shopping this holiday season and don’t know how you will find the time to measure or install do not worry because we have you covered.  Here at Blinds To Go we offer a preferred installer program, were we can send a professional out for a fee to measure and install leaving you more time to spend with loved ones.

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Baby It’s Cold Outside

During these cold New England months, you truly learn how insulating your windows are, or lack there of. It’s one thing to crank the air conditioner in the summer and still not notice how much of that air is escaping out your windows. But when it is below zero and the draft is pouring in, you feel it. At Blinds To Go we like to give that added insulation, because any bit will help. Our cellular shades are the best insulators. If you like having the option of tilting we carry faux wood blinds as well. Faux wood is not as insulation as a cellulars but with the think two inch PVC slates, it does provide a little extra insulation. A big difference between the two is that cellulars are a shade, so it only goes up or down. The faux woods are considered a blind so it can tilt open and shut as well as go up and down. Therefor you can maintain your privacy and still keeping the insulation factor. Cellulars can offer a top-down-bottom-up feature. That way you can still keep you privacy but let some natural light in from the top. Even though every style is not insulating there are many different things you can try to get more out of your windows. Growing up my mother used to saran wrap our windows to stop the draft. With the saran wrap there was no limit to the style options because it eliminates the draft all together.

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